Our Phoenix is terrified of 'noises' - strange ones (like the neighbour rattling something in his shed....), thunderstorms, fireworks, banging a bag of ice on the floor to break it up, etc. etc etc.....
We've never tried the thundershirt because we have just heard way too many mixed results to make it worth trying to get one here in Canada. On our vet's advice we give him Benadryl (ahead of time if possible - like when we know there will be fireworks going off in the area). Although he is allowed more, we always try him with the minimum dose. So far that has worked wonders for him.
In fact the last 2 thunderstorms hardly bothered him at all, and that was without any medication at all! Part of our success, I'm sure is due to the fact that we do not fuss about it at all, just act as if everything is normal. Dogs read so much by your tone of voice and body language, so pay special attention to that too!
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Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened!
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Mel Gibson, in the movie "The Patriot"
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