Our 12-year-old Terrier mix Muffin goes bonkers when she even smells thunder coming our way.
The normally tough (I tell people she is a cross between a Terrier and a German Shepard) and calm girl starts barking and running around demanding she be taken outside, where she will simply try to run away.
We had lost her several times for hours before realizing the issue.
Recently I saw a display for the Thundershirt and decided to give it a try. It works wonders. But it doesn’t work for all situations and for all dogs and YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.
First of all make sure you get the right size. The Thundershirt has to fit tight, so as to embrace your pet.
You have to introduce your pet to the Thundershirt so he or she will like it and associate it only to good things. The company recommends letting your dog first smell the garment, and then place treats on it, so she will associate it with food.
Let your dog wear it FIRST before there is any anxious moments coming up. Your dog should not associate the Thundershirt with anxiety. Have your dog wear it for a few hours at a time when everything is good.
If there is a storm coming. Put the Thundershirt on early and leave it on hours after it went away.
Now we have a second head case – Nitza – a 97 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback who has anxiety issues after the breeder kept her crated 23 hours a day during the first 18 months of her life.
I bought a large one for her and used it to take her to the vet recently – not a fun trip for anyone especially for the annual physical where shots are given and blood is taken (I could probably wear one myself when its my time). Frankly, I did not put it on properly. While it worked a little, I will have to practice with it. Maybe its the wrong size, a little too big.
Anyway, check it out at Amazon where it sells for $40 – cheaper than many stores – and has a four star rating from 445 customers.
The company offers a money back guarantee.
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