If your Golden Retriever gets afraid of thunder and lightning, this post will show you why and what you can do about it.
Your Golden Retriever might be afraid of thunder and lightning for many different reasons and it could be due to a combination of them. Possible reasons why they are afraid are that it is due to their sensitive hearing, they sense a change in the air pressure or that you become anxious yourself.
There are a number of things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are many things you can do about it.
You become anxious yourself
Golden Retrievers were bred to work alongside their owners as working dogs and they would spend many hours per day with their owners. As a result of this, they can be highly aware of how their owners are feeling. The reason your Golden Retriever gets afraid when there is thunder and lightning could be because you get anxious yourself.
Golden Retrievers have much more sensitive hearing than we do, the reason that it gets afraid could be that it hears the noises much more loudly or possibly that it can hear noises that we can’t.
In this case, you could try to reduce the loudness for it by letting it go in a room where the thunder is harder to hear. You could also close the blinds on windows so that the lightning is less noticeable.
A change in air pressure
The cause could be due to a change in air pressure. This is because it will warn it that there is a storm on the way and it might hear the low-frequency noises of the thunder as it approaches.
It triggers a fight or flight response
It might also be because it triggers a fight or flight response from your Golden Retriever. This could happen due to the loud noises from the thunder and the flashes of lightning.
How to get your Golden Retriever to be less afraid of thunder and lightning?
Crate training involves getting your Golden Retriever to learn to stay in a crate when it wants to. When done right crate training can give your Golden Retriever a place to go to in order to feel more secure. This would allow your Golden Retriever to have a place to go to when the thunder and lightning is causing it to feel insecure.
Give it distractions
Another option you have would be to give it things to be distracted with when the thunder is around. By doing so you will be able to reduce how much it is focusing on the thunder which should reduce how anxious it gets. Things that you could give it would include toys, chews or bones.