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Wednesday Winner: The Thundershirt

May 26, 2010 2 comments

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My dog Daisy can be skittish at times. Loud noises, such as fireworks and thunder are frightening to her. So are new situations and places. I’ve worked with Daisy to try and help her to be less fearful, but sometimes there are things that you just cannot cure with training.

Luckily, my friend Leslie from The Days of Johann: An Agility Dog! and JohanntheDog.com, was a great help in this area. She introduced me to the Thundershirt. Both Daisy and I love it!

I have used it on Daisy just a few times. Once, just to try it out, twice when we went to the pet store and tonight, when we had a good sized Thunderstorm. In all cases, I noticed a difference. When outside, Daisy was less jumpy and less reactive. It didn’t make all her fears go away, but it took the edge off. She no longer jumped or skittered away when I moved suddenly. At the store, it was mixed, but that may be due to the fact that the store was busier one time and not busy the next time.

However, it was the difference it made during tonight’s thunderstorm that really made me decide to name it this week’s Wednesday Winner. As soon as the thunder started, Daisy started pacing. Even with the air conditioner on, she could hear it and began pacing back and forth between her kennel and the living room. I figured it was the perfect time to try it out. So, out came the Thundershirt!

It worked.

Guess where Daisy is right now (even as I write this post)? Asleep in her kennel.
With the Thundershirt on, Daisy stopped pacing almost immediately, went into her kennel, and promptly fell asleep.
Is there thunder still going on outside? Yes. It hasn’t stopped since I put it on her, and yet, my sweet Daisy sleeps.

That’s why this week’s Wednesday Winner is the Thundershirt. I highly recommend it!

(By the way, I did not get paid for this endorsement. I paid for the shirt myself and wanted to share my experience with any other dog owners who have dogs that are afraid of Thunder or Fireworks.)

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