5 Minute Listen: Why Dogs Are Afraid of Thunderstorms and What You Can Do to Help Them Feel Safe – YP

1. What animal does the Canine Talk podcast focus on?

A dog




2. What does an animal behaviorist do?

A. They take care of the animals in the zoo.

B. They study the actions and interactions of animals.

C. They care for sick or injured animals.

D. They help stray animals find new homes.

3. What happens to Milo when there is a thunderstorm?

A. He barks constantly.

B. He hides under the tables.

C. He is panting a lot.

D. none of the above

4. What is a phobia?

A. an unreasonable fear of something

B. a strong attraction to something

C. an intense dislike for something

D. a strong doubt about something

5. According to the podcast, what do some scientists think about dogs’ hearing abilities?

A. Their hearing is less sensitive than human hearing.

B. Dogs can hear much louder sounds than humans can hear.

C. They can hear sounds that humans cannot hear.

D. Dogs can hear sounds that are much higher in frequency than human ears can detect.

6. According to the podcast, what could scare dogs during a thunderstorm?

A. the loud noise of thunder

B. atmospheric pressure changes

C. the accumulation of electricity

All the foregoing

7. What word can replace “surprising” in the podcast?

a. breathtaking

B. alarming

C. boring

Breathtaking D.

8. According to the podcast, what’s the best way to help a dog overcome his fear of thunderstorms?

A. Play thunder recordings at low volume and gradually increase the volume over time

B. give the dog extra treats during a storm to help him associate storms with positive things

C. walk the dog during a storm to distract him from the noise

D. lock the dog in a crate to make him feel safe

9. How does swaddling a dog help him feel more secure?

A. It can mimic the feeling of being in a safe and secure space.

B. It can help block out the sound of thunder.

C. It can help reduce the buildup of electricity in the air.

D. It can increase atmospheric pressure during a thunderstorm.

ten. According to the podcast, which of the following can reduce static air pressure?

A. dehumidifiers

B. air ionizer

C. essential oil diffusers

D. information not provided

11. How can putting a dog in a windowless room during a thunderstorm calm him down?

A. It helps distract the thunder dog.

B. It completely removes the sound of thunder.

C. It blocks lightning.

D. It helps mimic the feeling of being outdoors.

12. What word can replace “keep in mind” in the podcast?

R. remember

B. examine

C. memorize

D thinks

13. According to the podcast, which of the following is a sign that a dog is seriously affected by thunderstorms?

A. excessive drooling

B. trying to escape from the house

C. yawn a lot

D. screaming when they see lightning

14. Why do some dogs chew on objects during thunderstorms?

A. to relieve pain

B. feel less anxious

C. to reduce their frustration

D. feel less bored

15. What method to calm a dog is not mentioned in the podcast?

A. provide background noise

B. help them feel safe

C. give them medication for anxiety

D. give them a bowl of cold water

It could be the noise or change in air pressure that startles puppies during thunderstorms. Photo: Shutterstock


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Adapted from Tribune news agency

Andy: Welcome to another episode of Canine Talk! We are joined today by Chen Chi-yiu, animal behaviorist. He is an expert on how animals act and interact with each other. We’re glad to have you, Chi-yiu.

Chen Chi-yiu: Thanks for the introduction, Andy! I’m happy to give some advice to pet owners.

Andy: I’m just going through the emails we received from our listeners, and here’s an interesting one for you, Chi-yiu. Jiro from Mong Kok wrote, “Milo, my five-year-old pug, is really scared of thunderstorms. He starts shaking and shaking at the sound of thunder. What can I do to help her?

Chen Chi-yiu: RIGHT. I’m sorry to hear that, Jiro. It seems Milo has a noise phobia. Some dogs react in response to sudden noises or storms.

Andy: Why is that?

Chen Chi-yiu: Some scientists think it’s because dogs have much better hearing than humans and hear thunderclaps before we do. The sound of thunder can be startling and frightening to them. It can also be very confusing for dogs because they don’t know what it is. Other scientists believe that dogs can sense atmospheric pressure changes before a thunderstorm or sense the buildup of electricity generated by thunderstorms. Any of these could explain why dogs feel anxious.

Andy: Those poor dogs! So what can we do to help them if they are afraid of thunderstorms?

Chen Chi-yiu: Try to do enjoyable or fun activities during storms. That way, over time, they can associate storms with positive things. For example, Jiro, you can try giving Milo extra treats during a storm to replace anxious feelings with happier ones.

Andy: How about swaddling the dog in a blanket or shirt, like we do for babies?

Chen Chi-yiu: That works! The pressure of swaddling can help mimic the feeling of being in a safe and secure space. There are also products that can help reduce static air pressure, which can trigger storm anxiety in dogs.

Andy: So, Jiro, you can try spraying these products in the air to make the environment more calm and relaxing for Milo.

Chen Chi-yiu: Yes indeed. But sometimes, to make your pet feel safe, it’s best to give them space. Placing Milo in a windowless room and producing white noise, like turning on the TV, may be the easiest way to distract him from the thunderstorm outside – especially because the lack of windows means that Milo won’t notice the lightning. .

Andy: Chi-yiu, are there any medications Milo can take to help him feel better during a thunderstorm?

Chen Chi-yiu: Anti-anxiety medication can be prescribed by a veterinarian, but keep in mind that since storms can come on suddenly, the medication may not have time to work after being administered. It’s always a good idea to talk about Milo’s anxiety with your vet, especially if he’s been badly affected by thunderstorms – for example, if he’s trying to escape the house or if he’s getting more destructive by chewing on things to relieve his stress. In more severe cases, medication and behavior modification may be necessary, and in milder cases, you may just need to desensitize Milo to storms using the methods we have suggested.

Andy: Thank you very much, Chi-yiu. Jiro, I hope Milo gets over his fear of thunderstorms soon! And to our listeners, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the chat. Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast so you don’t miss any next episode. It was Canine Talk, and we’ll see you next week!


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