Does your dog howl or hide when 4th of July fireworks go off? Does he cower when thunderstorms hit? Does he dread the car and even have accidents on car rides? Can he not stand when you leave his side and destroy things while you’re gone?
If you’ve never heard of the ThunderShirt, it is often compared to swaddling a baby—it applies gentle, comforting pressure in key spots, thereby calming your dog’s nerves. It is a low-cost, drug-free option for pet owners with an anxious dog or cat.
The company says it works for more than 80% of pets—based on customer reviews—for issues ranging from separation anxiety to people shyness to problem barking. The company even offers a money-back guarantee if it does not work for you.
But did it work for us? We took a trial run to see if the ThunderShirt might work for you this 4th of July.
Our trial run
Yellow Dog was nervous in the car prior to ThunderShirt, unlike his brother Sundown.
We adopted Yellow Dog at five months old and he was a skittish dog from the start. He pooped in the car within a minute of driving away from his foster home. He’s never been relaxed on car rides; he never lies down and sleeps like Sundown but instead sits and stares at us the entire drive, even on long road trips. He is also sensitive to loud noises—like fireworks or strong thunderstorms.
Everyone is unique. We each have our own likes, dislikes, personality and comfort zone.
Dogs also have these character traits but sometimes, it’s hard to remember that when meeting a dog for the first time.
Sometimes dogs get spooked and need space from humans and/or other dogs. Usually a tail tuck or a dog hiding behind its owner are clues the dog needs space.
Some canine companions are incredibly friendly. They’ll run to you with a furiously wagging tail, practically begging you to pet them and play with them. This scenario is often a default expectation among most people when encountering an unfamiliar dog in public.
But it’s important to know this is not always the case. And even if your dog is friendly, that doesn’t mean every dog the two of your encounter will be, too.
Just like humans, some dogs need a little more space than what people expect. A dog may be a bit skittish and leery around new animals or people. But how do you know when this is the case?
So we’ve been vacationing and enjoying the holidays. But we’re back! And we’ve got lots of good content in store for January.
Yellow developed a belly rash over the holidays. We suspect it’s from an allergy to a type of grass, but we’ll see!
We’re going to talk about the pros and cons of pet insurance and compare various companies. We will begin our quest to find out exactly what allergies Yellow suffers from and the extent of testing needed to figure it out. And we’ve got a behavioral video showing how to help your dog get over fear of things like the vacuum. Plus, we’ll stay on top of all the latest dog news.
We would also love to hear from you! What would you like YDB to cover in the coming year?
Have you ever been at a dog park and seen two dogs get in a fight? Or heard of a dog that viciously attacked another dog “out of nowhere?” In reality, it’s never out of nowhere. These dogs show signs of fear and/or aggression, signs that often go undetected or get overlooked.
Dogs obviously do not speak English but they do have their own communication clues that you as a pet parent are responsible for learning. This will prevent so many problems and may save your pet’s life.
Happy and confident dogs keep their tails and heads high.
“Knowing when your dog is fearful or agitated or even in pain are all important things to learn,” behavioral therapist and expert dog trainer Beverly Ulbrich says. “You want to teach your dog to be relaxed and comfortable so they don’t do harm to themselves or others when they are not feeling well, emotionally or physically.”
Let’s go over some signs you should look out for; if you see your dog exhibiting these behaviors, you should address it immediately.