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.


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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