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07-15-2014 12:58 PM
shepherdmom Thanks. Dude is doing great. We still have things we need to work through and some things just can't be changed but finally I can see the progress.

Thunder-shirt helps greatly, but its so hot I haven't had him wear it for a couple of weeks.

He does ok with the car as long as air conditioning vents are on him. Luckily my car has back vents. He still can not ride in crate in car without getting sick.
07-14-2014 05:33 PM
glowingtoadfly Yay Dude!
07-14-2014 05:27 PM
Chip18 Congratulations here also! I take it the car is no longer an issue?
07-14-2014 09:55 AM
Magwart CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Getting a very shy dog out to a place like Petsmart and successfully through class is a huge achievement. It is monumental progress for dogs like this. Huge, huge kudos to you for getting him this far.
07-12-2014 09:26 PM
05-26-2014 03:52 PM
JakodaCD OA I'm also glad your seeing positive results, what works for one may not work for another.

I had an aussie who was thunder phobic, got the t shirt, it certainly didn't cure her, but seemed to calm her some, as well as melatonin..
05-26-2014 11:55 AM
Blanketback I'm so glad you're seeing positive results with it that's great news!
05-26-2014 11:18 AM
Originally Posted by Blanketback View Post

Shepherdmom, I don't know about the thundershirt, but I feel bad that your husband isn't having the bond with the pup that you are. Have you tried having your DH do all the feeding? And giving the pup a very wide berth the rest of the time? He's still very young and he'll change alot over the coming months. I know he's in the right home and you'll look back on this as a learning time
Sorry I'm getting to these messages kind of late. We have tried that. We have tried all the methods that we have learned over the years for fearful dogs. Ivan was fearful as well but in a different way, but nothing that worked for him has worked for this little guy.

It was really interesting that after his neuter surgery, he was up acting like an almost normal pup. Sitting up in the car looking out the window instead of being hunkered down... and the same way at home with hubby. It was like the drugs from the surgery gave him confidence. But by the next morning it had worn off and he was fearful again.

That was when I finally decided to give the Thundershirt a try. Many had mentioned it couldn't hurt so I decided to give it a shot. I really thought there was no way it could work. But it is.

Its not a instant cure but after the first few hours we could already see a difference. My husband is even more amazed than I am if that is possible. It is giving pup enough confidence that the other things we had been doing are finally starting to get through. Instead of one step forward and 10 back it has been little steps forward each day and as long as hubby is seeing progress he is happy. So yea!
05-26-2014 11:01 AM
Originally Posted by glowingtoadfly View Post
Shepherdmom, are you on Facebook? Join Fearful Dogs. There is a lot of good info in that group.
I am on Facebook. I just asked to join.
05-26-2014 10:58 AM
Originally Posted by Baleato View Post
I just attended a 3 day seminar 'Scientific dog training with feeling' by Dr Ian Dunbar; if you ever get a chance to attend one of his dog workshops or seminars take it, he was wonderful.
I am already a fan of Ian Dunbar and have had one of his books for a while.

Since we have had this pup Super High Value treats only come from my husband. We have had fearful dogs before just never one that was so fearful none of the usual methods worked. The Thundershirt is helping so that the other methods are starting to work. Hubby has been able to play tug and feed treats.

BTW thank you for the link!
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