Thundershirts

chillibean
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Thundershirts

Post by chillibean » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:11 pm

Hello all, I've just ordered a Thundershirt for my PJRT Beano who is terrified of gunshots, thunder and fireworks. Shooting season is about to start and as we have several pheasant drives very close by, we will have to manage his walks carefully until next year. If he hears gunshots when we're out walking, he dives into cover (ditch, stream, hedge...) and then freezes and won't come out. At home if he hears them, Beano will shoot upstairs to our bedroom and hide under the covers. I'm hoping that the Thundershirt may help his anxiety while indoors (I'm not planning to deliberately walk him when there's shooting going on) and that over time, perhaps his anxiety will lessen (I've tried desensitising using a CD of different noises, starting quietly and building up slowly but after 6 months of use it doesn't seem to have done much). Beano is a reactive and quite sensitive soul, he spent much of his puppyhood in Rescue, we got him when he was 6 months old, and we assume he was not well socialised as a puppy. Have any of you used Thundershirts with anxious dogs? Any hints and tips for getting the best out of them? Thank you in advance. :thanks.gif: :crossfingers.gif:

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Re: Thundershirts

Post by Tim » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:16 pm

I'd be very interested to know if the Thundershirts do work -
Our two girls display the same tendencies when hearing fireworks (especially the bangers and rockets)

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Re: Thundershirts

Post by sweetpea » Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:33 pm

I have used thundershirts , they work for some dogs and not others....have you tried an aptaptil plug in that calms ...and bachs remedies are supposed to be great .....i used zylkene for one of mine who was terrified of fireworks and it really helped also i always have a covered crate up so that if any of mine want to hide away they can .....try not to get anxious yourself (i know its hard )as dogs especially terriers pick up on our emotions. .....a man who lives up the labe from us had to move house as his dog was terrified of the crow scarer a farmer placed in his field sign_omg.gif
Let us know if the thundershirt works for Beano xxx

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Post by Wander Woman » Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:25 pm

As above, Thundershirts seem to work with some dogs and not others. We had one for our Benny. It did work a little bit for him until he decided he didn't like wearing it anymore. :smiley-rolleyes010.gif: Some people also see good results with T-Touch wraps. These are basically an ace bandage that is wrapped around the dog in a special way in order to give the same kind of compression effect that a Thundershirt gives.

Hope you and Beano have good luck with it! It's awful seeing one's dog so terrified. :crossfingers.gif:
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Re: Thundershirts

Post by MandaTK » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:20 am

The Thundershirt works really really well for my dog Izzy and she is great with it but Tasha has to have Zylkene. It is correct that it works for some and not others. However do have it quite snug Izzy loves it nice and snug. I hate this time of year when the fireworks will probably start in October and go on until January. So awful.

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Re: Thundershirts

Post by chillibean » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:12 am

Thanks for replies - very helpful. The Thundershirt has arrived, next step is to get Beano to wear it.... At the moment he is a bit scared of the sound the velcro makes so we are doing some practice with that (games and treats) before attempting to fit it on him. It would be a bit sad if he was too scared to wear the thing that's supposed to help him. I have tried Adaptil and there's always a covered crate in the kitchen for dogs who need to hide somewhere safe but I haven't tried Zylkene - thanks for the suggestion, I'll give that a go if the shirt doesn't help. Will report progress.

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Re: Thundershirts

Post by chillibean » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:30 pm

Time for an update on Beano and his Thundershirt! It took a couple of days to get it on him as he is by nature wary of new things and the velcro noise didn't help. I enlisted my other half (I'm usually the one who cares for the dogs and trains them, but of course Nick is the favoured human in our household!) who in a very matter of fact way just put it on Beano. Once it was on, he just ignored it, wasn't bothered in the slightest, it was a little bit long in the body for him which could have interfered with leg cocking activities so I took a small tuck in it to make it fit better. He wore it a few times before the shooting started just so we knew he was comfortable in it.

Yesterday was the first commercial shoot of the season around us (luckily we have a schedule so know which days they are shooting), I put his Thundershirt on and walked him early before it kicked off. I'm trying hard to be objective about this as I know how easy it is to think something has changed just because you want it to, but I was reasonably sure that Beanie was calmer than he normally would be during the shooting. He asked to go upstairs on our bed (this is his place of choice when he's scared), so I let him up there but he was not shaking or panting and his tail was only half down, not clamped between his legs. Today, the shooting started at 10am (again I had walked him early and dressed him!), he went upstairs then within a few minutes came back down and went to his basket in the kitchen. He wasn't distressed, just a little on edge. I went outside and he came with me, there was a blast of shots, he ran indoors and went on his bed but was not panicking as he usually would. Nick was surprised and said that Beanie was definitely calmer and this from the man who told me not to waste my money on the Thundershirt winkwink.gif ! So, after all that wittering on, after 2 days, I would say the shirt is having a calming effect on Beanie and is helping us to manage his fear :crossfingers.gif: . I'll update again once we have further experience.

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Re: Thundershirts

Post by chillibean » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:21 am

Today is the last day of commercial pheasant shooting around us so I thought it was a good time to summarise our experience of using a Thundershirt. There is no doubt that wearing the Thundershirt (nice and snug) helps Beanie significantly. He will always be reactive to shooting and other loud noises but his anxiety / stress is much less when snuggled in the shirt. Beanie no longer drools; cries; or freezes when the shooting starts; his tail goes down and he wants to go to his safe place (our bed) but after a couple of minutes, he'll rejoin his pack in the kitchen We have also noticed that if we are out walking and some unscheduled shooting starts (ie Beanie is not wearing his Thundershirt), he is less terrified than he was in the past - still a very scared little dog, but not literally petrified. This has been a very positive experience and has made the 4 month shooting season less traumatic than before thumbs.gif

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Re: Thundershirts

Post by Wander Woman » Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:52 pm

What a great result! So glad to hear Beanie responded well and is much less fearful!
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Re: Thundershirts

Post by Debbie(tarakisha) » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:26 am

After Rosie and I had a very bad night with the storm, I thought I would do some research to try and help her overcome her fear of them. If anyone has any helpful tips/advice it would be most gratefully received, especially from Rosie :thanks.gif: thumbs.gif

I found this link......

https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advic ... y-for-pets

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