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7/5/12 8:46 P

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So glad it worked for Patrick (and you). Wahoo.
Stephanie with Mack and Minnie (who are all glad the 4th is finally behind us)

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7/5/12 1:18 P

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That's great news! Being relaxed enough to eat is a good thing. WOOT!

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7/5/12 1:08 P

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Hi everyone, KAI_ZEN, Thank you for asking. I was very skepttical of the thundershirt. Patrick is 11 years old and is afraid of everything, always comes running to me for comfort. I have held him in my chair I think every 4th for years. Anyway July 3rd we heard popping, he ran to me and we put on the thundershirt after awhile he stopped trembling and went to his chair to sleep. I could not believe it.
July 4th bad day. I did not think it would work, but we put it on. He was fine all day no trembling, I did not have to hold him. He even ate his dinner. It even kept his beautiful fur in place. I don't know if this will work for everyone, but it did for me. So happy! emoticon

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7/5/12 12:40 P

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Well, just a T-shirt tied snuggly worked well for one of my dogs. The other, not so much. We had some serious boomers (read:illegal) in the neighborhood last night, and my male dog just got wound up. I ended up putting my back brace belt on him, the kind with the velcro elastic straps. Within a few minutes he settled down and eventually ended up lying on his big pillow, stretched out on his side. What a difference. I'll definitely be buying this guy a Thundershirt.

How did Patrick do, Jackie?

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7/4/12 1:37 P

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I'm going to be with toruk the whole day and night. We have planed to take our last walk around 8:30pm so not to be out during the fireworks at 9:00pm. I'll have the tv or radio on and tell Toruk it's ok. I'll hold and reassure him all is ok. Lucinda

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7/4/12 12:54 P

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Hi everyone, did use the thundershirt last night. Someone around here was making loud popping noises. Patrick was scared so we put on the thundershirt. I thought it wasn't working but after awhile he actually stopped shaking and went to his chair and went to sleep. I can't believe it!
The true test is tonight. If it does work, I want a thundershirt for myself!!!! emoticon

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7/3/12 1:33 P

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Patrick and I are ready, as ready as we can be. I'll keep you posted.

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7/1/12 9:15 P

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Great! I hope that works well for you, and I look forward to your review.

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6/30/12 7:12 P

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Just wanted to let you all know I did get a thundershirt at petsmart and they did say I could return it if it does not work. I'll let you know what happens. Now it's time for his bath. He, He. emoticon

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6/30/12 6:56 P

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My dog goes bananas at all loud noises (thunder, fireworks, etc.) and our only recourse is to hold her and tell her it's okay. She is super skittish and jumps at all noises. Before we adopted her she was an "outside" dog so I'm at a loss as to why she is so scared of these things (her previous owner said she was never that way). Maybe we've spoiled her too much....nah!

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6/30/12 12:28 P

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I am just waiting for my neighbors to do the same. On one side and across the street they love to party, loud. My dog is ok as long as there is no popping sounds.

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6/30/12 11:25 A

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Two parties... emoticon

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6/30/12 10:57 A

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Two of our neighbors had parties yesterday evening, and into the night. (One on each side of us, so it was like we were surrounded.) Both parties included motorbikes/ATVs and fireworks. My pups did okay. There were none of the big, rattle-your-windows boomers, but a lot of the screaming/whistling kind. I am not a fan.

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6/30/12 9:28 A

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I sure hope the thundershirt works for you. I know it works for some people I know for their dogs scared of thunder, so hopefully yours will be one of the dogs it helps... And I know just the plain ol t-shirt works for Mack. Please let us know.
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6/30/12 2:59 A

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Henley is our only dog that gets terrified. He sleeps in a crate in my room, so I put him in his crate, and turn the TV on. Our other dogs bark, but they do ok.

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6/30/12 12:26 A

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Tomorrow I am going to petsmart. If I can return it if it doesn't work I have nothing to lose. I sure hope this works. emoticon

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6/29/12 9:15 P

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I tried a Thundershirt on my Bentley. He is the nervous type. I didn't notice an difference in his behavior so I returned it. I bought it at Petsmart they will take return with no problem. Funny but my female, Marley will actually stop and watch the sparkle in the sky if it is far enough away not to be loud. Lorraine

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6/29/12 8:48 P

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I was glad to read WHATAZOO had success with a regular shirt. One of my dogs is scared by fireworks. I've been considering putting him in the T-shirt he wore after surgery (to keep him from pulling stitches) wondering if wearing his shirt would calm him. He loves to wear it.

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6/29/12 8:34 P

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We're lucky with our dog; he totally ignores fire works, thunder and other noises that send many dogs under the bed. (Different story with the vacuum though). My M-I-L gives her dog a small dose of Ativan - vet recommended - that helps a lot.


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We do keep our dog inside but he can still hear them even if I turn the tv loud, turn on the dryer. I guess I house is not insulated very well.
Thundershirts, I saw this somewhere but I thought it was a joke, the jokes on me. I think I'll head out and get one of these , this just might work. Thank you.

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I plan on keeping all my dogs inside. I know that where I live that fireworks are not allowed because of extreme fire danger but there are those few that ignore the safety of others. They are usually the ones setting off illegal fireworks anyway. There have been a couple of loud explosions already. The dogs all ran inside pretty frightened. I am hoping that all the double pane windows and the air running will drown out the noise.

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6/29/12 6:31 P

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Are you thinking of the DAP spray? i've never used it before, so can't tell you about it, but I can tell you that my dog Mack hasn't been bothered by the fireworks and thunderstorms until this year. I can't really afford a Thundershirt, so I just used one of my old t-shirts and pinned it up where it sagged on his belly and that calmed him right down. I would highly recommend getting a Thundershirt or improvise to see if it will work. Mack is 110 pounds, Am Staff or pitbull something and the shirt is a bit tight across his chest, but it is weird the way he stops panting and acting freaky almost immediately after it is on.

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Hi everyone, As you all know the 4th of July is coming and with it fireworks. Fireworks are suppose to be illegal here, but you know there are always some. The noise is going to terrify my dog. I was reading a dog magazine that has some sort of spray to calm your dog, anyone ever use this? or any ideas you use to calm your dogs? He will be in my lap all day if I don't find something. emoticon

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