|Barked: Sun Jun 23, '13 1:04pm PST |
|My female is also sensitive, loud noises set her off.
She used to turn into a complete basket case when Thunderstorms approached and stayed that way til they were long gone. Shaking, drooling, panting, and glued to my heel. Her eyes looked bloodshot and watery. Quite a mess.
She also gets nervous whenever there is any noise around the house, thumping or banging. She is no longer bothered by the vacuum cleaner. Her overall reactiveness improved around age 3 years.
I found drugs were counter productive. Trying to dope up a dog that was nervous just made her hyper vigilant because she felt sleepy. Major backfire.
I did try the Thundershirt, followed the directions to have the dog wear it a few times during fear periods. It took three times. It isn't a 100% cure, but the improvement is good enough so I no longer worry about her during storms.
I recommend the Thundershirt all the time and the feed back is always positive. Did you give it several afternoons before giving up on it? Did you get it on tight enough? If its on correctly, your dog will almost always do a full body shake. In dog body language it is "shaking off stress". If she never did a shake while wearing it, it wasn't working for her.
Other things that may help are making sure she gets enough exercise, both physical and mental. Brain work under times of stress can refocus a worried dog. Teach her some coping skills. For Pepper, she needed both brain work and a place to retreat when she was scared. She has a few spots in the house she finds comforting. The first floor powder room, the laundry room, my shower, behind the chair in my bedroom.
She found some of these spots on her own, but I was teaching her to find a retreat when we had people in the house because she was reactive with strangers.
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