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As I type this it is thunderstorming so I am opting to write about the Thundershirt. I do not have a Thundershirt, but I know of several people that do have one. Unfortunately, during the summer I am often woken up at 3am by my dog Rascal practically sitting on my head and licking me incessantly during a thunderstorm. If you have similiar experiences you will want to pay attention.
Here is a little information about how the Thundershirt works:
Thundershirt is an excellent treatment for most types of dog anxiety and fear issues. You very well may see significant improvement for noise, crate, travel, barking and others with absolutely no training. For more complicated anxiety cases, we recommend using Thundershirt as part of a behavior modification program. One thing is for certain, for a very large percentage of dogs, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a terrific calming effect. This has obvious benefits for most types of anxiety. But Thundershirt is also a very useful tool for managing excitability or hyperactivity with strangers, on the leash, or in a training environment. Thundershirt’s calming effect helps a dog to focus (or refocus) her energies in a more constructive direction, allowing training to be more effective.
There was an article in the Post and Courier recently about the Thundershirt. Click here to read the article.
You can find more information about the Thundershirt and order one at their website.
Until next time, happy training!
Rascal and Abby