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Thread: Thundershirts (fear of thunderstorm)

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    Thanks heaps MAC, I'll look into it.

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    I was seriously considering getting Gypsy a thundershirt because she is scared of the world and finds thunder especially frightening but I wasn't sure if I'd be wasting my money. Very glad to read so much positive feedback, will def be buying one now!

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    It will work... We got one for Kuro about 6 months ago. He is a different dog when he has it on. Things just don't worry him when he wears it..
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    We had the first stormy night tonight. When one of our flyscreens was blown out with a lot of noise Nero decided that our bed is the only safe place *sigh*. So we put on his shirt and... surprise, surprise... he still wanted to sleep in our bed! Having said that, he was definitely calmer and settled quite nicely just lying there, rather than pacing around, trying to sit on our heads and panting right into our ears. Although he was not relaxed enough to sleep. Whenever a gust rattled on the bedroom windows he looked up to see who is trying to climb in. He was not quite as jumpy as without though and he seems a little dopey when he wears it.

    The breakthrough came when he was allowed under the duvet... the combination of shirt & cave seems to make it. He started snoring as soon as his head hit the mattress and nothing woke him anymore! It's now about 7am and still windy. Nero still wears his thundershirt and is fast asleep under my desk. No panting, no pacing, no climbing all over me. No trying to sit on my lap. No whining... it might not be perfect but it's definitely making a big difference.

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    That is great to hear. Just a tip; next time if you know there is a thunderstorm predicted during the day or overnight, put the shirt on before the storm so he settles and begins to relax more before the storm. This will help a lot

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    That is awesome news. It must have felt like a bit of a miracle to see him improve by that much. Makes me wish again I had known about them when my old dog was still alive.

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    There is a storm outside...
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    Oh yay Margoo!!! How amazing is it to see them relaxed like that!!
    So glad Nero has improved since the last time he wore it. Did you put it on earlier this time?

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    Hmm so this would most likely help with dogs who fear fireworks too?

    Where can they be purchased from?

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    Not really earlier, no. We were surprised by a storm at night again. During the night he was still a bit shaken but settled when he was allowed on the bed (he actually slept resting his head on my neck). In the morning I just left it on and he was happily wearing it most of the day. He seems to really enjoy wearing it. When I get it out he happily gets 'in position' with his tail wagging.

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