- Pets and Animals
Thundershirt helped my dog overcome thunderstorm anxiety
We got our dog Rina from the animal shelter, she was a small fur ball very eager to spread happiness in our family. And she was a happy dog, brave when it came to exploring, friendly when it came to meeting other dogs - a perfect little dog. Well at least until the first fall when the thunderstorm season starts. She then got to know dog hell and I wouldn't swap places with her. She was trembling, pacing, trying to run away (at one or two occasions she almost did), her heart was racing like crazy and she was yawning and making sounds that made you want to cry. It was a problem, not for us as much but you just can't watch your dog suffer like this calmly.
We've been trying different things for years with little effect... We tried dog calming music with no results, trying to occupy her during the storms which does work occasionally but as storms last for hours or days it's not the easiest of methods to practice... We've tried to relax her with sprays that have dog soothing pheromones which proved to be effective but not as much as we would like...
Thundershirt is the latest of things we've tried. I've stumbled upon this product by accident when I was searching for something completely different in an online store (blessed be the coincidences) and I was intrigued. I won't lie at first it did cross my mind this was just one of those things, you know the ones that don't work but the number of positive reviews about Thundershirt did made me wonder. The shirt is natural, it uses no chemicals as the whole principle of the thing is to apply slight pressure on the dog's body which should relax the dog (acupressure?). I was lucky enough (my dog not so much) there was a thunderstorm that evening and I tried something. I hugged Rina in a way that her body was covered in the same way the Thundershirt would cover it and gently (very gently) squeezed her. She calmed down a little and 5 minutes later I was already ordering Thundershirt.
Let me tell you, this was one of the better purchases of this year! We had some issues as Rina doesn't usually wear doggy dresses so she needed some time to get used to it (thankfully it's really easy to put on) but the thing actually helps. She's way calmer during the storms, there's still some anxiety (this isn't a magic wand after all) but compared to before it's way, way better. Honestly I don't fear she will have a heart attack any more.
Well this shirt indeed changed our lives and most importantly it changed Rina's life, for the better. Whenever there's a storm now we just get her into the shirt (to which she never resists) and she get's through it.
Don't like grey? It also comes in pink and blue!
Same shirt different color. If you are a dog fashionista you might like to see your dog working the pink color.
There shouldn't be any discrimination in a dog's world so it's only natural if we have a pink one for girls we need a blue on for boys.
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