Post # 1
I have a male pom that is, well, crazy at times.
During the day when we aren’t home he is quiet (accordingly to neighbors) and well behaved and usually pretty calm at night (because he is sleeping of course) but during those hours when we are home and active he can be quite obnoxious. From about 6 pm to 11 pm he is super sensitive to any sounds, the other dogs and frankly anything he thinks is a noise/person/other dog/rustling in bushes etc. He does get very worked up at times.
We have tried all the usual training techniques along with bark control devices, water, can filled with pennies (you know to shake), touch reprimand etc etc and nothing seems to work. While he is somewhat calmed for mere moments he goes right back into crazy mode.
Now comes my question; has anyone tried Thundershirts? I bought one today and I’m wondering what to expect. I was told they help to calm nervous and anxious dogs which I truly believe he is. Wondering if anyone else has had experience with them.
Post # 3
We just got one! We’ve put them on our English springer spaniel When we lHouse the house. We don’t know if its working yet though!
Post # 4
I have two dogs – originally I bought it for my pembroke because he barks during thunderstorms, which is super fun at like 3 am. He also barks at dogs on the TV, noises outside, etc. It doesn’t really work for him. Maybe a tiiiiiny difference, but not much. I think it’s because his barking is more alert barking versus anxiety.
My cardigan corgi on the other hand, is anxious when new people come over to our house. Usually this involves him getting all worked up and barking incessantly at the new person. The thundershirt is AMAZING on him. You can visibly see how calm he is, no barking, and much more relaxed.
So I guess the point of this book I’m writing is, it depends on the dog. If it is true anxiety it will probably help. If he’s just barking because HEY! there’s people outside! HEY! Mom made a noise! etc, it may not. Good luck!
Post # 5
My in-laws tried one on their dog who gets really anxious on car trips and it didn’t do a thing. But I’ve heard of plenty of people who swear by them so it can’t hurt to try.
Post # 6
I just put it on our pup cause we’re in the middle of a massive thunderstorm. Works WONDERFULLY on her and she’s got SEVERE storm anxiety.
Post # 7
No dice here. I got a used one from a friend, the dog destroyed it. He has severe separation anxiety. Didn’t do a thing except make him more anxious to have something unfamiliar on him.
ETA: I’m a huge huge huge skeptic of these gimmick solutions, so I was not surprised when it didn’t work.
Post # 8
Supposedly Thundershirts have a money back guarantee (that’s what the dog grooming place where I bought mine said), so I say they’re worth a shot. We have two dogs, and the Thundershirt only helped one (the pug). I don’t know why it didn’t help the other, but maybe it’s bc he HATED that thing before i put it on him – and putting it on him was a HUGE struggle. It’s not a miracle, but ithelps some. I returned the other shirt, no questions asked (and I didn’t have my receipt anymore)
Post # 9
We have one. It seems to help a bit but he doesn’t really like wearing it, he is calmer but also rubbing up against everything trying to get it off
Post # 10
My parents got one for their dog who is terrified of storms (she’s also a large husky/German shepherd, go figure). But she hated the shirt. I think she thought it was some sort of punishment, so it just made her more upset.
Post # 11
My brother and SIL used one for their dog for a while for separation anxiety and I’m pretty sure they think it fixed it because they don’t use it anymore and he doesn’t have issues anymore.
Post # 12
We have one. It works for Cooper (who we suspect has anxiety and separation issues) but terrifies Roxy. when we put it on cooper, he just lays on the couch or carpet and is very quiet and still. He’s not normally calm so we thought something was wrong but it wasn’t. he doesn’t seem upset by it and gores right back to being crazy when we take it off. roxy was so scared of it that she became frantic and ended up slipping between our bed frame and mattress and getting stuck. It was pretty insane and she was fine but we wont put her in it again.
Have you tried leaving the tv on? It’s helped in the past for us.
Post # 13
My cockapoo has one. It works wonders. My moms havanese has one, also works. My aunts giant sheps have them. They do have a moneyback guarantee.
Post # 14
@Treejewel19: I found that my dog would get like this on work days, and we started taking him for a big run as soon as we got home to burn off this nervous energy. It worked like a hot damn! I think they just spend all day waiting for us to get home and then FINALLY we get home and theyre kinda on edge and act all bonkers like you described.
Post # 15
@Treejewel19: One of my dogs acts very similar (although he’s a gaurdian breed, so its typical for the breed) and it does nothing for him.
Post # 16
We have one for our crazy Shih Tzu! I LOVE it!!! He is a rescued dog, and still has a lot of seperation issues .