I just thought I would put this out there for any dog lovers who have dogs who get nervous during thunderstorms. Miss Ellie is my Golden Retriever who is four years old. In the last year she has become very nervous when a weather front comes through and kind of freaks out when there is a thunderstorm.
She shakes and cries and I feel so bad for her.
A friend of mine in Texas where they have some really bad storms has a couple of high strung Dalmatians. She swears by the Thunder Shirt.
We've recently had a string of bad storms and with more on the way, I decided to give it a shot. At $40, it's kind of pricey, but hey, she's my mid life baby, and many of us know what we'd do to comfort a baby in the middle of the night or during the day.
The shirt is easy to get on--it velcros around the chest and stomach and applies a nice pressure for even compression that soothes and helps to alleviate anxiety.
I tried it out on her for a couple of five minute sessions during good weather, to get her used to it. The first storm she was still nervous, but wasn't crying. The second, rather severe storm--that rattled the windows, she seemed rather relieved when I put the shirt on before it hit. She was still stressed--lots of panting, but no crying and shaking. The next couple of storms, she actually nosed the shirt, kind of like she was asking me to put it on for her. She did this about 20-25 minutes out before the storms hit, so I think she's very sensitive to changes in barometric pressure and other atmospheric conditions.
It's not a solution for all dogs, but I just wanted to let any dog lovers out there know that this might be helpful for a thunder nervous dog.
Anyone else tried the thunder shirt?