Mar
28
2016

Storm Preparedness for your Pup

Storm Preparedness for your PupAs we all know, spring can bring some intense storms. Depending on where you live, this could mean thunderstorms, hail, rain and even hurricanes. As dogs are more sensitive to weather cues than humans, it’s important to prepare before a storm hits to give your dog some comfort and peace of mind. In order to reduce Dog Owner Liability, follow these storm prep tips.

Identify the safe space.

If you have a basement, this is the natural choice for a storm shelter. However, if your home doesn’t have one, choose a room well in advance that’s located on the first floor and has the least number of breakable windows.

Practice frequently.

Since hunkering down in a small or confined space may be difficult for your human and canine family, it’s important to practice. Especially as you may be required to sit in there for extended periods of time as the storm passes, make sure your family and dogs are comfortable with it. Practice sitting in there a few times a week before storm season to get them accustomed to it by using treats and positive reinforcement.

Furthermore, if loud noises frighten your pup, Dogster says to try using an audio recording that lets you control volume; play it on low to simulate the alarm going off, then guide your nervous pooch to a predesignated room or exit. Praise him and provide him with treats for following you so that he learns to associate that chosen room with safety and comfort.

Create evacuation plan.

Whether it’s a pet-friendly hotel or a friend’s house, confirm your plans ahead of time. Remember, public storm shelters often don’t allow dogs unless they are service animals.

Absentee arrangements.

Place stickers on your front and back windows alerting emergency personnel how many dogs you have. In the event a disaster strikes and you’re not home, these individuals know how many dogs to rescue from your home.

Emergency kit.

Pack a bag of treats, medications, toys, food, water, vaccination reports, and tags to bring with you, just in case. It’s also wise to check that your dog’s tags or microchip are updated with your current information in case you were to be separated.

Not only are these tips helpful for you, but they can reduce the anxiety and discomfort of your pup. While not all claims can be foreseen, taking these preparation steps can reduce the chances your dog will react negatively or out of fear in these circumstances.

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog-bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs, and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.

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