Success! I got her out on her walk in her Thundershirt last week and we went out again today. In between the weather has been too hot or I have not been home early enough from work. This has taken from since just before Christmas so it’s been a while but so worth it. You can read the other Thundershirt adventures here
. The difference was remarkable. We can now practise safe walking. No more stressing over car noises. No more pumping adrenalin. No more launching herself at cars and having to be pulled back. No more anxiety about being “under attack”. She has always liked to go out for a walk but she has paid a price in exhaustion after and I have had sore arms if she has had to be held firmly or back to stop her from diving into cars. She now hears the cars, looks behind her and then thinks – oh, that’s a car. She walks comfortably and happily and in a really sedate way. The training I have tried to put in place to keep her road safe has obviously stuck and she can use it. She sat for the first car we saw, as you can see in the picture. If she was herding and hunting cars I would ask her to sit, just to calm her a bit. Sometimes she’d go in working dog mode and size the cars up as she lay there. Now she is like a normal dog. She is still my dog. She still needs a bit of leash training but basically she walks at my side now and sits at every curb. The difference when we get home is noticeable. I do not have to make her rest for half an hour to get over the adrenalin surge and full on stress. She now has 10 minutes of wandering and a drink and then usually wants to go into the garden to play. Her new Christmas present was the best thing I could have got her for her health and well being. She is a happy walking doggie now and no longer a danger to herself and others because of her being so easily startled and so jumpy and then the added complication of being a working dog breed.