Posted in canine anxiety, canine health, dog training, panicky dog, Thundershirt

Thundershirts are go!

I blogged about the trials and tribulations of actually getting the Thundershirt on my dog here. The velcro noise was very offputting for her and when I was trying to take the coat  off then the ripping velcro was making her very jumpy ,anxious and panicky. I have worked through all of that and been careful to reassure her every step of the way. She’s a dog from the RSPCA who seems to have been very badly abused. Every strange noise has sent her into a spin. I have worked through most of them but I didn’t want her jumping at cars as we walked. The weather is very hot here in summer so I didn’t think wearing the coat on a walk would be a good idea. Since I had to battle the first part of actually getting the coat on her, I have decided the best plan of action is to put the coat on her when we get back from our walk while I still have the leash on her and then say we are having quiet time. Normally she has needed to rest after a walk because she has been so hyper she must have been pumping a lot of adrenalin and so resting has been part of the healing for her. I have found since I put the coat on her after the walk that she is calmer. She rests, she relaxes then she goes about her business in a much calmer fashion for the rest of the day. She was even going to trot off with her coat on to go outside so that was a good sign. It may seem back to front the way this is working, but I am not complaining. I needed to get her less worried about everything. So far so good. When we go walking she has been much better even without the coat. I plan to put it on her when it’s cooler. I think it’s because the shear fact we have had to work through a lot to get the coat on and then worked on it some more for her to wear it, it has been an important step in trusting relationships for her.
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Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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