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Old 02-10-2013, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cassie has separation anxiety and whines and barks when I'm out of her sight for a second. She also has been going bonkers in the house. With all I've been doing it just hasn't gotten any better.

I've been thinking of trying a thunder shirt but didn't want to spend the $40. There were also mixed reviews on line about its success. One really disappointing review was about how it didn't work on a beagle. In any case I still thought the concept might work. Yesterday at Petsmart I looked at the shirt and saw how it was constructed-essentially a cloth wrap with velcro to tighten around the body and neck. So I started checking out the pet clothes instead and found a cold weather nylon quilted topper with velcro for around the neck and to tighten under the chest made by Martha Stewart (only the best). It seemed a little small but for $12. (on sale) hey it was worth a try and returnable anyway.

I put it on her this morning and it was UNBELIEVEABLE!! It was like I flipped a switch--no barking and she is walking nicely around the house. As it turns out the smaller size is better since she can't turn around and grab the excess fabric and try to rip it off. It covers her about 1/2 way down her back. Oh gosh I really hope this continues and is a good solution to the behavior. I'll report on this as we go along. WISH ME LUCK!

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Good luck same happens with beagy he has to follow me everywhere, and to leave the house it's a challenge everyday.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good buy!
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Excellent!! Clever you!!! I hope it continues to work - please let us know!
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Cassie, I'm so curious how you go with your calming technique!!! Good luck and keep us posted!!!
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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This may be something I'd like to try on poor Rachel. Annie's shy; she doesn't care for strangers at first, but she's calm on a leash and doesn't react much to loud noises after the initial startle. Rachel, on the other hand, flees in terror from strangers, shaking so hard she can barely stand. Even a loud cough causes her to literally fly up out of a dead sleep and end up six feet away. One day a coloring book flapped down from the top of the TV and she cleared the coffee table and ended up in my lap. I doubt she will ever go to the dog park or for a walk without experiencing mind-numbing terror, and I'm already dreading the 4th of July. Anything I can do to help her (short of drugging her) would be wonderful, because she really is the sweetest dog--no matter how scared she gets, there's no aggression in her at all.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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So yesterday went well with the topper on, she's never worn any dog clothes before and I think she's a little confiused by it. She stands still while wearing it. She napped for 3 hours in the crate, I actually opened the crate but she stayed a little longer. My husband kept asking "Is she ok?"

I tested what would happen in the afternoon, and took it off...well bark, bark, bark again! So I put the thing back on. What she hates is the sound of the velcro when its pulled apart. She slept through the night quietly without the thing. It didn't take her long this morning to start the barking again--so back on it went...voila, quiet..ok, some whimpering but that I can tolerate.

I may just opt for the Thunder shirt anyway which my husbnad thinks would be a good idea. I was telling my neighbor about this and she's going to get one for one of her two dogs which are HUGE lab mixes.

I think this will help while walking. It's just too cold and windy to try this out today---(I'm such a wuuusss )

Im allowing her through the house dragging her leash and it is such a difference in her behavior. I think she's afraid to pee and poop with it on
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Maybe when you get her outside she will do her pees and poops.
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I've got her outside with the door closed so she can't come back in..2 options: pee/poop OR EXPLODE!
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