I have the same problem with Harley. He literally shakes when a storm comes up.
What I do is keep him with me and turn the tv up a little bit and try to play and keep him occupied. If he does decide he wants to be still, I lay him in my lap and let him sleep while I pet and love on him.
I have heard from some that the medications they give have worked in reverse from what they actually intended. Maybe try to skip the meds when a storm arises and try to occupy him with music or tv and playing and loving.
I suppose knowing what kind of dog, how old, what size, etc. would be somewhat helpful in determining other methods.
These are just some of the things that have worked for me. Others will be along shortly to provide additional tips as well.
Best of luck!
Don't worry about tomorrow; it has never happened before.
We have the same problem with our 11 yr old JRT. About 2 hrs before the storm starts, he starts shaking, panting and looking for something to hide in or under. Any loud noises have the same effect on him, fireworks is another big problem. Sometimes sitting and cuddling him does help but not all the time. If we put him in his cage, he will settle down after a few minutes. I know there are meds which supposedly work to calm dogs who are afraid of thunder, but we've never used them.
i had a norweigan elkhound (who died this year at 14) who did this as long as i can remember and we got him as a puppy. he would do it before we even knew there was a storm coming. hed pant heavily dig up anything and everything (couch, beds...anything) no matter what i did he could sence it and do the same thing everytime. honestly they sell stuff(you can get it from vet...RECOMMENDED!!) but i never wanted to give him anykind of meds. we just dealt with it and ignored it, mostly because when i tried to nurture him it seemed like i was nurturing the problem then it got worse. when i started to ignore it it wasnt as bad but honestly he did it til the day he died.
my dogs like their crates so much, then tend to run to them. It is their happy spot. I have one girl show is terrified of fireworks. I use the herbal pet calms found at KV Pet(mag). and she goes in her crate. She will just lie down and go to sleep. It keeps her happy, and if that is where she wants to be, it is fine by me.
I had the same problem with one of my dogs, he eventually got very destructive. We tried the medication, it did not help at all. Try contacting a trainer and see if they have any suggestions. People have given you some great ideas, none of them worked for me, but it's worth a try. Are you afraid of storms? Dogs will often feed of the owners fears.
Oh do I know about this problem! Fortunately it's behind us now since I found something that works called the thundershirt. it's like one of those anxiety wraps, but it costs less and it looks easier to use from what i've seen. it also most definitely works. check out www.thundershirt.com - it even makes my dog look pretty cute!
and i understand for those of you wanting to use medications, but don't forget what meds do to your dog's (or your own) liver. if you can avoid it, do so!
Thank you everyone. I actually typed in dog wraps on google and the first thing that showed up was thundershirt which was at a very reasonable price too almost half the price of anxiety wrap. I bought one at once and put it on my dog when I was taking him out in the car and to my surprise it really seems to work in the car to reduce anxiety. And also it calmed him from the fear of thunderstorm. I don't know how but it works and i wanted to share this with all of you. You can check it out at http://www.thundershirt.com/
People on these various dog forums keep saying that one can "Google" to obtain instructions on doing an anxiety wrap with ace bandages. All I find are products to buy! Please someone, give a link to an article that shows how to wrap a dog with Ace bandages!