Thunderstorm phobia in dogs: an Internet survey of 69 cases

J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2001 Jul-Aug;37(4):319-24. doi: 10.5326/15473317-37-4-319.


To learn more about predispositions for, signs, and progression of canine thunderstorm phobia, a survey for owners was posted on the Internet. Questions addressed signalment, age of onset, behavior during storms, and treatments tried. Sixty-nine responses were received. Herding dogs and herding crossbreeds accounted for the majority of dogs. Seventeen of 41 dogs with a known age of onset began exhibiting thunderstorm phobia <1 year of age. Various characteristic responses of dogs to storms were described. Improved knowledge of the demographics of thunderstorm phobia, its development, and presentation will assist in understanding the genesis and progression of the condition.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Breeding
  • Dog Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Phobic Disorders / prevention & control*