This spring Bagelkins has been extremely edgy about the weather. A few weeks ago there were some mild storms in our area, and for some reason they were bothering her even more than normal. It got to that point that even the sound of garbage dumpsters being rolled to the curb set her into a frenzy. Nighttime in general began making her misbehave, as she associated darkness with bad weather. She was whining, panting, crying. No one in our house was getting enough sleep and everyone was grouchy. So we went out and purchased her a Thundershirt. It was $35 and I figured it was a scam, but I was desperate.
We put her in it and told her how cute she was, and she didn’t mind it nearly as much as I thought she would. The weather got better and she started calming down, so I temporarily forgot about Thundershirt.
Last night, however, there was some thunder and lightning once again, and Bagelkins became extremely uncomfortable. We decided it was time to put Thundershirt into action. Bill velcroed her in, and she seemed to actually like it; she didn’t fight him at all, but stood there patiently with an expression on her face that I’d almost call pleased. Once in it, she looked adorable. Like a little kid in footy pajamas. Seriously, nothing is cuter than a dog in a Thundershirt.
She immediately calmed down, stopped yawning, stopped panting, and after about fifteen minutes she FELL ASLEEP! Granted, the storm passed over us with little effect, but in the past, a nervous mood could last for hours, long after danger had passed.
Thundershirts are GREAT. They really do work. Bagelkins, when she’s nervous, is a mess. Drooling, crying, you name it. It’s not easy to watch her suffering so much, and to not be able to help her. Now it seems that we have a real solution to this problem.
If a Thundershirt can calm her down, I think it could help any dog. I posted about this on Facebook when we first got it, and I got mainly positive feedback from several people. If you have a dog who has any kind of anxiety problems, I think you should try this.
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