In some of the storm/hurricane corridors of the USA more and more pet owners are reporting extreme behavioural issues for their pet dogs, cats, etc during storms. While it is easy to put this down to “animal behaviour” there have been some horrific reports of animals clawing through dry walls, chewing carpets and perhaps most disturbing, jumping through windows at the height of their panic. Experts believe that a mixture of wind, thunder, lightning and pressure changes in the atmosphere together with low frequency noises which are undetectable to the human ear could set off these distressing and traumatic episodes. Helping your pet to keep calm during storms There are two main ways in which you can help your pet to keep calm during storms one of which is to constantly reward them if they stay calm. This will instil calmness in their brain because they will want the rewards and this should hopefully override any escalating panic in the event of storms or similar situations. It is also highly advisable to give your pet a “safe place” to go during storms as this will help them to remain calm, well as calm as possible, and avoid extreme behaviour such as that described above. Pet owners love their animals and they are more like family than pets so if your dog, cat, etc is experiencing heightened tension and extreme behaviour during storms, do not ignore this.