Basements and rooms without windows may not be ideal for watching the flashes of lightning, but that's exactly why dogs prefer them in a thunderstorm. Once you choose a room, fortify it with blankets, pillows and anything that will help your dog nest and feel right at home.
Additionally, if your dog or cat gets cozy in an open-doored crate when it's not storming, chances are the familiar place will feel safe and secluded from the chaos outside.
"Personally, I would always suggest a crate even if people don't typically use them," says a staff member at SPCA. "Get them used to a crate and leave the door open, so they can enter when they need to feel secure."
2. Create a distraction.