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thunder shirt?

Do you have one for your pup and does it really help during thunder storms??
(Can't find a thread where it was talked about.)

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I have one for Brady. I think it helps. He still doesn't like storms, but he doesn't get as upset with the thundershirt.


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what is a thundershirt?
Tillie has been raised around 2 kids... thunder doesn't even phase her thankfully, niether does the vaccum, a motorcycle, various toys, blow dryer, tea kettle screaming, fire trucks racing by... BUT if there's a "dog shirt" that will help her stop BaRKING at every dog in a 30 mile radius, sign us UP! LOL

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I have one, but haven't used it. I bought it for car rides. At the obedience class we attended the instructor said that she has seen great success with the shirts.

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I just ordered one for Buster to try to help with Separation Anxiety. He gets really upset when I am walking Buffy and leaving him in the house for a few minutes. Most of the time I take them both, but there are times when I get too stressed to take both of them at the same time and find it easier on me to take one at a time. .

If it works, I will try it on Buffy, too - I think she needs a size Small instead of Buster's Extra Small - for Barking issues [in the car, walking on the street] around strangers, friends, bicycles, motorcycles, and, especially, other dogs. It's not just Buffy barking, unfortunately. And when one starts, the other chimes in, along with lunging and jumping. Lovely....

Whatever socialization Buffy and Buster learned in their training classes has pretty much evaporated, and I am starting from scratch. Sigh....



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The trainers in my groups all seem to think they can help.

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I tried one for Huey for car rides. It did not help but his anxiety was really bad.
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what is a thundershirt?
Tillie has been raised around 2 kids... thunder doesn't even phase her thankfully, niether does the vaccum, a motorcycle, various toys, blow dryer, tea kettle screaming, fire trucks racing by... BUT if there's a "dog shirt" that will help her stop BaRKING at every dog in a 30 mile radius, sign us UP! LOL
Temple Grandin thinks they help and if anyone knows about this she does.
"Thundershirt’s gentle pressure works to calm a dog, and experts such as Dr. Temple Grandin believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years. For example:
TTouch dog trainers use pressure to address a wide variety of anxieties.
Veterinarians use pressure to relax cattle when they are administering vaccinations.
People with autism use pressure to relieve their persistent anxiety.
Children with certain behavioral problems use pressure shirts and weighted vests to relax and focus. Parents use swaddling to calm an inconsolable newborn infant."

Temple invented the hug machine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug_machine

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interesting!
My son has Aspergers so I have indeed heard of Temple Grandin!
makes total sense!

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I did want to comment about the " Thunder coat,"it more of a tight wrap and reminds me of a tight jacket.

Anyway... Dexter is very anxious when storms are approaching, to the point of trembling uncontrollable. I put the jacket on Dexter in the early morning and I kept the jacket on for more than 13 hours.

Dexter was actually looking out the window to watch the hurricane instead of hiding down the hall. Overall, I would say the "Thunder shirt (jacket) coat is a success!

They do come in sizes, I have XS for Dexter, who is probably at least 16 pounds. The shirts are meant to be snug around the chest. Dexter really could use the next size up.



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