Henry gets very upset during big thunderstorms. He runs around barking like crazy and generally works himself into a panic. I'm sitting here at work right now, and the thunder is SO loud, and I feel SO bad that he's probably at home freaking out. I don't think I'd be comfortable leaving a thundershirt on him all day with no one home. Is there anything else that can be done? Any ideas?
One clinic I worked at there was an Airedale that was terrified of storms, so any time they were in the forecast, they brought him in for day care. He was happy as a lark at the clinic. Don't know if that's an option for you or not, but it might be worth considering.
When I had enough room, I always crated my other dog when there were fireworks going on as she was deathly afraid of them and would work herself into a panic, just like with Henry and thunderstorms. I would crate and mostly cover the crate with a breathable blanket, and then I would turn on the TV or the stereo or the fan - anything to drown out the noise of the fireworks. And I would give some kind of calmative supplement if I could, such as Melatonin, Valerian or Rescue Remedy. In conjunction, all this stuff worked perfectly to keep her calm during fireworks. I'm pretty sad that I no longer have room to fit Eevee's crate anywhere... the last 4th of July was pretty miserable for us.
Wiley (my rescue) is soooooo afraid of storms...I can tell a long time before they get here. The only things that help are to make sure her kennel is in a dark hallway or bathroom without windows and sometimes the radio on to block some of the noise. She still shakes and I feel so bad for her but she at least has a place she feels safer.I agree that I also don't want to leave the Thundershirt on all day.
Is there a closet that he has access to that you can somewhat dog-proof? Sometimes access to a dark enclosed space helps.