Poly could be a weather-dog if we taught her to use the green screen. She shakes with storms. Often she senses they are coming before we're even aware of an impending storm. Poor little girl wants to be cuddled up next to something -- usually someone. We've tried the ThunderShirt (which I know to be very successful with other pups, just not our Poly) as well as some holistic remedies. Nothing works for our little girl except some love and cuddling. No problem! I read one article about how you shouldn't give your pet extra attention when they're shaking during storms because it just teaches them to shake more. Ok, hold on just one minute! I have a degree in psychology and behavior modification was my favorite topic (I'll have you know I got an "A" in training my mouse, but I digress). I understand "Classical Conditioning" where you give a reward with a desired behavior occurs. I just don't think this applies to FEAR! C'mon, would you do that to a baby who's afraid of something? Yes, you would totally give the baby love and attention. Why on earth would someone say you shouldn't do as much. Argh! People frustrate me!
That's basically the extent of it. Or he'll snuggle with us, but that's what he does a lot of the time. While he can be a bully, not wanting his sister to get attention unless he is -- or instead of her, he's a big lover. We love him back... happily! Well, that's the extent of our big kids and storms.