I tend to be a bit of a skeptic about certain claims for instant cures. I wrote a post on Bentley’s fear of thunder a few months ago. I received several helpful suggestions and began researching them. Several readers told me about their ThunderShirt and that it had helped their dogs. Honestly, I had my doubts about it working on Bentley.
During the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose awards ceremony, we dined with our friends from Meet the Furbombers and Dr. Anna Guthrie from Ask Dr. Anna. Our conversation ran the gamut, but it usually circled back to our four-legged family members. We discussed some of the things our pets didn’t like and I mentioned we had recently spent a sleepless night due to a thunderstorm. I asked Dr. Anna if she was familiar with the ThunderShirt. Indeed, she was and felt that it might help Bentley. She even offered to mail me one to see if it worked. I decided to take the plunge after she told me the ThunderShirt came with a money-back guarantee. Thanks a million, Dr. Anna!
When we returned home, I measured Bentley’s chest and sent that information to Dr. Anna. In a couple of days, the package arrived. We tried it on to ensure that it fit and it was perfect for his size. The first time that you put it on your dog, I’d suggest that you have the illustrated instructions handy. Once you understand how it goes on, it is quick and simple. We placed the ThunderShirt on Bentley’s back and wrapped the short flap under his belly. Then, we wrapped the long flap under his belly and secured the fasteners onto the short flap. It fits snug, but not tight. Next, we wrapped the top flap down onto the long flap. The last step is to connect the neck straps. The fasteners are Velcro strips and seem very sturdy. Bentley seemed comfortable and the shirt did not restrict his movement at all.
|Wearing the ThunderShirt did not bother Bentley.|
All we had to do now was wait for a thunderstorm. Since weather is wacky around here this time of year, we waited for a couple of weeks. One afternoon it happened. The skies grew dark and the wind picked up; we were about to have a thunderstorm. Bentley immediately reacted to a very distant rumble. My husband and I brought him into the kitchen and put on his ThunderShirt.
During thunderstorms, he usually reacts with pacing, panting, and hiding between the couch and loveseat. The worst part of it is the constant shaking. He trembles so hard that it breaks our hearts. We can’t get him to sit still to be comforted. He sticks like glue to my husband, although he does check on me frequently. He is an absolute nervous wreck. If thunderstorms are forecasted, we arrange to be home with him for the duration.
Honestly, I didn’t expect to see any change. It was simply too hard to believe that it would work. The
|It hugs his body and relieves anxiety.|
Yesterday another round of bad weather came in the afternoon. This time, we put his ThunderShirt on before it became loud. Bentley was asleep on the couch when we heard a very distant thunder. We wrapped him up and by the time the loud thunder hit, he was prepared. He was more at ease this time, but he did stay by his dad. I can say with certainty that it has helped him.
Our big test will be during a nighttime storm. We have not slept through a thunderstorm in I can’t remember when. Bentley taps and paws my arm until I get up with him. Then, he does the same to his dad. We all get up and go sit in the living room while Bentley frets. At this point, I am optimistic in a good night’s sleep for all of us. If that happens, we will be ecstatic! I’ll let you know.
|Not only does it work, but he looks so handsome in his ThunderShirt.|
This is not a promotional review for the ThunderShirt. Many of you have told me that your dogs also suffer from anxiety due to storms, separation, and loud noises/fireworks. I wanted to share my initial results using the shirt in case you are looking for a solution. We bought ours at the price offered on their site, $39.95. It was money well spent for just stopping his shaking! They make a ThunderShirt for cats, too.
Does your dog or cat suffer from anxiety? How do you deal with it?
*** Psst, Bentley here to let you know that Bentley's Bargains has the Thundershirt at 30% off. Add my secret discount code; MAYFLOWER-15 and receive an additional 15% off. That is 45% off the regular price. Am I awesome or what?!
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