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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:31 PM

Personal testimony on the Thundershirt:



Honey's behavior is like night and day! She would get up and sniff around the kitchen, then come in the living room and chew a bone or throw a toy around, then sit on the couch for a few minutes, then hear a cat in the spare room and pop up to investigate, then sniff kitchen/chew bone/toss toy/sit down/investigate cats cycle would start all over again. Each cycle lasted about 10 minutes.

With the Thundershirt, she's still herself, not acting drugged, interested in chewing bones and sniffing around, but not she's not OCD about it as she had been. This is the second night in a row we've used it. Tonight she's lying on the floor with Bear, they're both mouthing a mutual toy. Last night she was so relaxed and zoned out one of the cats (who haven't really left the spare room in two weeks) came out and meowed loudly. Honey lifted her head and whined a little, but then laid her head back down and chilled some more. My sweetheart was highly skeptical but is completely won over. I was kind of skeptical but now can't say enough good things about this product. I'm amazed at how well this has curbed her anxious energy!

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Reply Personal testimony on the Thundershirt: (Original post)
intheflow Feb 2013 OP
Curmudgeoness Feb 2013 #1
intheflow Feb 2013 #3
Voice for Peace Feb 2013 #2
intheflow Feb 2013 #4
KC Feb 2013 #5
intheflow Feb 2013 #7
KC Feb 2013 #13
intheflow Feb 2013 #14
KC Feb 2013 #15
pecwae Feb 2013 #6
intheflow Feb 2013 #8
2theleft Feb 2013 #9
intheflow Feb 2013 #12
livetohike Feb 2013 #10
intheflow Feb 2013 #11
KC Feb 2013 #16

Response to intheflow (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:41 PM

1. Wow, I am glad that this is working.

Call me skeptical too. I have heard so much about these shirts, and the whole idea of them makes no sense to me. But....if they do work, however they work, I am so glad that they do.

Scratch Honey's ear for me.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:36 PM

3. Honey thanks you for the extra ear scratch.

It doesn't seem like it should work. But maybe this makes the case that some dogs suffer from autism, since this grew out of Temple Grandin's work.

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:13 PM

2. does it look like this? I need one for a cat




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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:40 PM

4. It does!

I'm thinking about getting one for our cats. I don't think they've been to a vet in years (don't blame me, I inherited them, and they came pre-traumatized about getting in cat carriers and it's death and/or dismemberment for anyone who tries). Maybe if they were calmed by these I could bring them for their shots.

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:20 AM

5. I'm curious

do you leave it on her all the time or do you take it off at night?

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Response to KC (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:33 AM

7. We leave it on all night.

And take it off in the morning since her anxiety really only manifests itself at night. I wasn't getting any sleep because at least once an hour I'd awake to hear her toenails clacking down the hall toward the room the cats sleep in, or to sniff around the kitchen. I'm a pretty light sleeper to begin with and once awake, I'm done for. Two nights running, now, and I haven't been awaken by clacking. Bliss! But I figure she can have her full run of energy during the day, keep her active and trim.

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Response to intheflow (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 07:49 PM

13. That's great

I'm glad it has helped. I ordered one for my dog. When I put it on him, he just stands there and won't move lol
He doesn't mind when I put a sweater on him so I don't know what the difference is, unless this is just tighter
or maybe I've made it too tight!

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Response to KC (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:29 PM

14. The first night Honey seemed to have a hard time moving.

And when she did, she would stumble every couple steps like she was drunk. But the next night she just walked normally - if less much frenetically.

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Response to intheflow (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:26 AM

15. That's really

good to know. I'll try it again !

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 06:02 AM

6. It's a great idea

and does work. I couldn't afford the Thundershirt, but the thought of it inspired me.

When I got my last pup from the shelter I needed some help with his behavior. I dug out an outgrown sweater from one of my older dogs and put it on the new, much larger, pup. It was snug, but not painful. It worked! He mellowed within minutes.

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Response to pecwae (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:35 AM

8. I have heard any tight shirt will work.

But Honey's so small, and I didn't want to spend the money on various-sized baby shirts to find the right fit. I've never had a dog who wore sweaters - never had a dog smaller than 65 lbs. before! - so that wasn't an option, but I'm glad it worked for you and your pup.

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:34 AM

9. I'm so glad it worked for you - I'm a pleased pet parent as well.

My 120 lber doberman/hound mix is a nervous fellow during storms, vet trips, fireworks, etc. Put it on, he becomes more confident and can relax. Crazy that it works, but beyond thrilled that it does.

For anyone looking for an alternative, any snug (but not too tight) fitting shirt/sweater/etc will work. If it's too wide at the bottom, pull it up and knot it. That is what my vet does when in a pinch and doesn't have the thundershirt with her. Any old t-shirt of yours can be knotted up on the dogs back so it fits snuggly.

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Response to 2theleft (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:09 AM

12. I'd heard about using shirt,

but assumed they had to be infant/child sized to work. Tying any tee around them still seems like it would be too loose, but certainly worth a try. Good testimony form you, too!

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:25 PM

10. Thanks for the testimony!

I wonder if it would work for vet visits? Murphy is due his rabies shot (every three years) and I am dreading taking him. He has never had a decent veterinarian checkup. I've never had a dog so fearful of the vet - he snaps and growls and won't sit still . He is 10 years old. Thankfully, Cindy who is also 10 is as sweet as she can be and no problem at the vet.

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Response to livetohike (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:05 AM

11. It worked for Honey's general anxiety.

It's promoted for use in extreme anxiety circumstances, like thunderstorms and fireworks. So I say it's worth a try for the vet.

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:28 AM

16. This is a great video to watch about the Thundershirt



Thundershirt "Before & After" Videos

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