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  • sunyatasunyata
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  • SayaSaya
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    Nice review glad it's helping Nola out some.
  • we may have to try one for katsu
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • meggersmeggers
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    That is interesting, I'd be really tempted to get it, I'd just hate removing/adding my shiba's harness every time, as he makes such a big fuss. You'll have to keep us posted!
  • I have a 3 years old Shiba named Hurley who is always very nervous and portrays high anxiety in certain situation such as driving in the car. Whenever he is feeling nervous or scared he begins to shake, and if we are in the car he wants to sit on my lap so that I can hold him and he buries his face into my shirt or hand to hide. Or if there is something at home that makes him nervous he will immediately run under the bed and stay there for hours. He will even sometimes run around the house crying staring upwards as if he was watching something until we figure out what is bothering him, most of the time its a bug or a fly that he is scared of. I have never heard of the Thundershirt before but I would be interested to know how works.
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • JennyBJennyB
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    Suzaku has a similar reaction (becomes a very calm, laid-back dog) when I put him in his harness. Because he HATES his harness. We call it his Kryptonite because it seems to make all of his SuperShiba powers go away. I can't speak of anxiety because the little Tasmanian Devil fears nothing. Except for the restricting and power-draining qualities of his harness.

    I might have to try the Thundershirt on Blitz who is so anxious, he probably should be on Prozac. He throws up in the car -- while the car is still sitting in the drive. This June we will be living in a hotel during the rainy season, so leashed walks will be a necessity -- but he's afraid of umbrellas, thunder, and, yes, rain.
  • lindsaytlindsayt
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  • CrimsonO2CrimsonO2
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    Hey Casey,
    Can Nola play with Bella in that Thundershirt?

    Jesse
  • Have you been able to test it with your nephew yet?
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • SayaSaya
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    Glad it's working for you. =)
  • Serkle kSerkle k
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    This is pretty interesting! Glad to hear it's making things better for her!
  • shibamistressshibamistress
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    Post edited by shibamistress at 2011-06-28 18:23:01
  • JudyJudy
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    I ordered one for Chelsie, our jindo shepherd as noises are bothering her more and more. I'm hoping it comes this week yet so I can see if it helps during the fireworks.
  • This is an old thread but I thought this would be the appropriate spot for this. Long story short: The thunder shirt worked!

    So I have two fosters right now and one, Shinji, has fear based dog reactivity. I think this is also only territorial because he attacks my other foster but not dogs at the dog park. They are separated by a baby gate and cannot come in contact without a fight. They have also learned how to jump the gate so now we have double protection (one behind a closed door and the gate too in case he slips through the door. Shinji was also probably neglected and attention deprived which I think has turned into separation anxiety with me. I was reading through past threads and really related to Toby's story.

    http://www.shibainuforum.org/forum/discussion/8619/toby-needs-to-chill....how-to-help-him/p1

    SI can not be in two places at once and when I leave Shinji he will paw/scratch at the door or baby gate non-stop. This makes it impossible to use positive reinforcement training techniques because he really never stops and there is no point at which to praise him for the desired behavior. So I got a thunder shirt. Anything to try to help is worth it! I had never used one because my dog is very chill so I was hopeful but skeptical.

    So far I LOVE IT! There is peace and quiet. No more slamming door or gate! Getting it on him was no problem and he never tried to get it off. He is overall more calm but the most important part is now I have a chance to reward for good behavior!

    This also happened by accident but Todd, other foster, jumped the gate and Shinji was in the hallway (tight spots are no good). They just stared at each other and I was able to call Shinji into the hall bath and separate them! No fight! OMG! I am not going to assume this means his reactivity/aggression is gone, but we are making progress!

    This is also a short-term arrangement because I am pretty sure we have found Todd's new home. I will also continue to use treats and train Shinji as the thunder shirt is not the long term solution for his anxiety.
  • tatonkatatonka
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  • ShibaLoveShibaLove
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    I bought a medium and have tried it on two of my fosters. Todd is 24 lbs and it fits perfect. Shinji is just under 20 lbs so it is a bit too big for him but only in the front neck strap.
  • I have one for my foster Jibo. Sadly it doesn't help all that much, but then I think his fear aggression is a bit beyond the powers of the thundershirt. I am really glad to hear it is helping other dogs though!!
  • curlytailscurlytails
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  • atlasatlas
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    @curlytails I'm definitely interested in hearing how that vet visit goes! Mitsu is forever an awful patient at the vet. She doesn't snap but she gets really anxious (and we even did fun vet visits while she was a puppy, treating her on the counter without exams, and stuff like that, but it didn't help. She started out fine and got worse with each exam.) and screams a lot. My husband always holds her but it makes a full exam difficult. So, if the Thundershirt makes any difference at all for Bowdu while he's at the vet, I may be tempted to get one for Mitsu!
  • curlytailscurlytails
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  • @curlytails I feel your pain. Jibo has a lot of fear agression towards strangers. So when I first got him from the rescue and took him to the vet to trim his nails (he is way too squirmy for my to do it solo) it was terrible. I put a muzzle on him, and had dosed him with rescue remedy and lavender. And from the waiting room we heard these terrible screams. I've dealt with the Shiba scream before... this was probably the worst I've ever heard it. Twenty minutes later they came out and said they got most of his nails, but the next time they trim his nails they wanted to sedate him completely.

    So next time I brought him in I decided to hold him. I put the muzzle on, layed him down on the table and practically had to lie on top of him. Not a whole lot of screaming this time though, but he pooped all over the vet tech. Whoops.

    Third time I put the thundershirt on him. He had also been on prozac for a couple weeks which has started to make it easier for me to desensitize him and work on the fear agression. Anyways, this time I held him upright instead of on his side, and he was almost perfect! I was so proud of him! The techs were too. They even got out a can of cheese whiz and treated him with it. Plus I was happy because it only cost 10 bucks instead of the typical 20 bucks.

    Then it was rabies shot time and we didn't muzzle him at all! It helps that the vet is so flipping amazing with him. She'd sit down on the floor and give him treats and make sure he was comfortable with petting before she moved onto everything else. He was still nervous though.

    So in short, I think a combination of EVERYTHING is good when you've got that tricky dog to deal with. It might never get to the point where they are happy with what you are doing with them, but when the vet can do their job, and you don't get too badly scratched up then I think it's a win.
  • jimjim
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    The more I read, the more I realize how lucky I am with my Niki. I bought her a Thundershirt while on vacation in Fla. We rented a cottage near Santa Rosa Beach, and wanted to reduce any negative reactions to people walking past. It worked very well. At home we have deer, turkeys, fox, and of course coons, and skunks outside fairly regularly. When Niki hears them at night she wants to make sure that we know about it. Usually she only wakes us for a few minutes, but there hae been times that she continued to be overly excited, until I put the Thundershirt on her. Even though I rarely use it, it is definitely worth whatever I paid for it.
    Another cool shirt I got in Fla was a t-shirt for me that reads "In Dog Beers, I've Only Had One".
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    Post edited by curlytails at 2013-05-16 13:44:52
  • BootzBootz
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    @curlytails,

    Hmm does the thundershirt work well?
    July 4th is coming up...and last year Bootz was very uneasy with all the noise. She would pace back and forth the house...whine and even shiver. I tried holding her and petting her to calm her down but it doesn't have any effect. If the thundershirt would help, i might purchase one (even though it'd be used only once a year lol)
  • curlytailscurlytails
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  • KichiPupKichiPup
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    @curlytails thanks for sharing because my pup acts the same way at the vet, she practically had to be muzzled and we are going to have to start sedating her lightly because she gets so worked up, they can harldy give her vaccines (okay they can harldy get the thermo in her bum, she does the scream just for that) she secretes her anal glands everytime to :(. To the point where if its me driving the car, she will FREAK out and start hyper ventilating. ( I am always the one to take her to the vet) so I have been thinking about trying the thundercoat. This is the only time she doesn't listen to me or take treats of any kind. Like you said, it may not solve the problem but it might help a little!
    Glad to know someone else out there has a similar situation.
    Its worth a shot right?


  • curlytailscurlytails
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  • KichiPupKichiPup
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    @curlytails I hear ya, I am afraid Kichi will soon be at the point where she will have to be muzzled and have a 'no thermo' remark. No matter how positive I try to make it, every time is worse. They attempted to put a muzzle on her last time and she nearly bit them so they gave up trying to get it on, but they always have it on hand when
    she comes in. I know the thundershirt won't get rid of it, but maybe help her cope a bit better before she gets worse. Like you, I know anything I do at home wont relay when its actually happening. Every vet appt she had had to get a vaccine ( they only wanted to do one at a time cause she was so small at first) plus I decided to get her vaccinated agaisnt Lyme and canine influenza. I know she hates the vet cause of the needles but I'm not letting that stop me from protecting her from diseases. ( we are in a very high Lyme disease area)
    I can probably stop by my work on my way to the vet and take one with me to try out and see if it helps at all. She's got a vet appt tomorrow, last two Lyme/flu boosters..... Yikes!! And then she's getting spayed a week later.... God help me LOL







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  • BootzBootz
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    @Mayama, which BBB? i've been to the one in milpitas and i've never seen the thundershirt. ;) now i'm tempted to get it before July 4th, try it...and if it doesnt work return it!
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    Post edited by Rikka at 2013-07-02 00:36:19
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  • ObizaObiza
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    I wanted to revive this thread to see if anyone else had any stories on how well the Thundershirt worked for their furbaby (particularly if they have a furbaby that hates clothing!). Rusty recently developed a fear to thunderstorms this summer. We had one very large storm that hit close to home and woke everyone up and ever since he starts panting and following us before a storm even gets close. Once the storm is on top of us he’ll continue to pant and shake unable to relax until it passes. Our vet recommended an anxiety wrap such as a Thundershirt before trying any medication but Rusty is so opposed to any clothing I’m worried it’ll make him even more anxious.

    My husband’s parents were watching him during the Fourth of July week which included many fireworks and storms. He was so on edge he didn’t even want to eat most days. She did get him to relax after finally placing his bed under her desk with a diffuser plugged in nearby that was using a calming blend of essential oils. Rusty has never used a crate so he doesn’t have a den like spot to hide in. I’ve thought about getting a cardboard box out with some blankets to see if he’ll take to it during storms but it’s been so hot this summer he usually doesn’t even stay in his bed long before getting out and laying on the hardwood or tile to cool off.
  • LilikoiLilikoi
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    @Obiza - Ozzy really isn't an anxious dog, but he doesn't like the fireworks. So I have a thunder shirt for New Years and the 4th. xD He mostly just tries to hide in compact spaces. With the thundershirt on, he is more relaxed. And he definitely doesn't like clothing. Usually freezes up in clothing. For him, making a big deal about it makes him more anxious. If I just put his little thunder shirt on and place some treats all around the room, eventually he starts to mozy around and seek them out. Otherwise he'd just hide and cover his face.

    So the thundershirt does help him, but his anxiety even with the dreaded fireworks isn't too bad. He gets a little trembly and nervous, and I want him to feel safe. I think it's worth trying out. Ozzy doesn't mind wearing it and he hates almost all clothes and harnesses hehe. But it's important to make sure they have a good, casual introduction to the thunder shirt, not just strapped on when they're feeling fearful and don't know what's going on.
    Post edited by Lilikoi at 2017-07-18 22:21:04
  • Arge12Arge12
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    I wanted to chime in on the Thundershirt, seeing this old thread from before and now having my own experiences.

    I tried it because of @Ryu_Ja_Crispy and her mom's dog's experience. Kiku's on the anxious side when it comes to other dogs - she gets super nervous when it comes to face-to-face encounters, and she hates meeting other dogs on walks. I tried throwing it on her, and from the first 2 minutes I could see her attitude shift. She seemed "confused" as other people have put it, but I think it was more that she felt content. Inside, her tail goes limp and she's fine with just sitting around. When we started walking, she stopped getting vocal with other dogs on the walk. She'd still pull towards dogs, but with way reduced gusto. It IS noticeable. She also started walking right up close to me, side by side, instead of pulling ahead and requiring the lead. This wasn't an issue per se, but she was way more willing to hang back and chill with me on walks, which I love. It was also on when we went to my parents' house with their dog, and she did really well around my parents' dog, which I was nervous about.

    I have noticed that with the new snow, it's almost as if the shirt isn't even there anymore at times - she reverts a little and gets way more excited now that there's white stuff everywhere on the ground. So it doesn't seem to be the 100% fix, but man does it ever help her out.

    Using a bit of terminology from the BAT system, I'd say that what the Thundershirt does for Kiku is pulls the baseline of her anxiety threshold down - she's able to tolerate a lot more before she gets set off because she's got more room before her anxiety limits hit. That said, it's not going to 100% solve anything and it doesn't eliminate the anxiety source, it's just a single tool that helps her relax so the sources don't bother her as much.

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