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Thundershirt

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by tfsails, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. tfsails

    tfsails Friend of Leo's

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    We have a dog who's deathly afraid of thunder, gunshots, things that go "pow" and other sudden noises. My wife got him a "thundershirt". It wraps around his torso snugly and is supposed to relieve his anxieties. Anybody ever used this on their dogs? We had a thunderboomer last night and it seemed to help a little bit, but that may be wishful thinking, too.
     
  2. Joe-Bob

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    Wish I could help. We used to have a Golden Retriever who would bolt over a 6 foot fence anytime he heard thunder. We used to all scramble when we heard it so we could catch up to him. One time, we never did find him again. :(
     
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    My Woof dog hates it, but in a more internal way, no bolting or owt' just shakes and pinned ears.

    I used to sit with her or wrap her up in a thin sheet, for some odd reason it helped. Don't know about the thundershirt tho.

    You can do some kind of training can't you to get them used to it?? Im sure Ive seen something like that.
     
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    I don't have any scientific or imerical data behind my conclusion, but I would say that smells like bovine excrement

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    In that case, Thunderwear would be in order.
     
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    I'm a bit afraid of male bovines, do they make a bullshirt?
     
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    A suitable application of Valium can do wonders for animals scared by loud noises.
     
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    I was thinking about wrapping my dog in an extra wide ace bandage to see if that would help her prior to getting one of those, so I'm interested in what you folks have to say.

    JD
     
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    For some reason my dog started hating the car, shaking, panting, uncontrolled bowel movements sometimes. I've only had the need to try the Thundershirt in the car once, but it did seem to help. No shaking and no poop on the back seat. He was still panting, but it was 85 degrees and he's an old dog, he pants when it's over 75.
     
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    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    We have a Wire-Haired Griffin that freaks-out at thunder and fireworks.

    Her safe spot is under my mixing station in the studio.
     
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    Works wonders for our Westie/Poodle mix. He is a rescue dog we got at the pound who was a stray. WONDERFUL dog... He does have some anxiety issues but the thundershirt really does calm him dramatically when he is feeling anxious (when one of us leaves the house or during fireworks going on outside or thunder...).
     
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    I got one a couple weeks ago and i am sending it back........ymmv
     
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    I have no idea whether this works but Thundershirt would be a great name for a band.

    In other semi-related news.... some people who suffer from autism seem to feel that being hugged tightely calms them and helps them concentrate. I think this is also sometimes helpful for anxiety.
     
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