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Sat Jul 2, 2022, 06:23 PM

How to use Ace bandage to help stressed canines amidst fireworks

https://www.k9ofmine.com/diy-thundershirt/#Option_1_Use_an_Ace_Bandage_to_Create_a_Wrap

This strategy comes from the TTouch Wrap technique and is used successfully by many owners to calm stressed-out canines.

1. Start by placing the middle of an ace bandage across your dog’s chest. The size of bandage you use will depend on your dog’s size – use narrow bandages for small dogs, and wide for large dogs.

2. Next, bring both ends of the bandage up and cross them over your dog’s shoulders. Cross the bandage of the top of your dog’s shoulder blades, then cross the loose ends of the bandage under your dog’s stomach."

3. Lastly, tie the loose ends over the top of the lower back, away from the spine. You want to aim for snug, but not constricting – the pressure should feel like a nice hug!

More at link, including pix of what the wrap looks like.

Hugs to youd terrified puppers.

On edit: fixed #×, thx to Cowbell! Ty!

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Reply How to use Ace bandage to help stressed canines amidst fireworks (Original post)
SheltieLover Jul 2 OP
More_Cowbell Jul 2 #1
SheltieLover Jul 2 #2
RainCaster Jul 2 #3
SheltieLover Jul 3 #6
Random Boomer Jul 3 #4
SheltieLover Jul 3 #7
Duncanpup Jul 3 #5
SheltieLover Jul 3 #8

Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Sat Jul 2, 2022, 06:28 PM

1. Here's step 2

It got garbled a bit in the original post.

"2. Next, bring both ends of the bandage up and cross them over your dog’s shoulders. Cross the bandage of the top of your dog’s shoulder blades, then cross the loose ends of the bandage under your dog’s stomach."

This will be helpful to a lot of dog owners! I wish we would switch to silent fireworks, for the sake of the animals and people who get distressed.

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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 2, 2022, 06:35 PM

2. Ty so much! Fixed in op, with credit to you.

I saw article that many qre switching to drone light shows. I wish fireworks were outlawed.

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Sat Jul 2, 2022, 07:18 PM

3. TY - I live between 2 reservations

And the fireworks are loud. Makes my dog very nervous. This might help, I'll give it a try.

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Response to RainCaster (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 3, 2022, 02:25 PM

6. Also, Rescue Remedy or 5-Flower Essence might help

Nearly all rescues use it. Works at emotional level on trauma.

I hope this helps your pupper!

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Sun Jul 3, 2022, 07:43 AM

4. Thundershirts are also great

We got one for our rescue hound, who is very skittish about sudden and/or loud noises. She finds the Thundershirt comforting for storms and July 4th.

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Response to Random Boomer (Reply #4)

Sun Jul 3, 2022, 02:28 PM

7. Yes! This is based on Thundershirt, which is based on TTouch

Lots cheaper & more readily available for many folks.

Also, gently stroking dog's ears from base to tip helps. Also TTouch. Great stuff!

Thx for sharing!

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Sun Jul 3, 2022, 02:22 PM

5. Will try tomorrow thank you Sheltie lover

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Response to Duncanpup (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 3, 2022, 02:30 PM

8. Yw, Dunc

Also, stroking ears from base to tip, very gently, as if you are feeling a rose petal, is another TTouch technique that helps.

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