Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs
So I've been experimenting with the Relax My Dog music...
Hofnarr the Heffalump is, collie typical, very sensitive. And very easily spooked. Not disablingly so, but something that needs to be worked through.
As we are in the newbie settling-in period I've been playing the music in antipication of a stressful event and then during the event itself - leaving the dogs alone for the first time, visits from strangers, I even brought it along to our first 'getting to know the vet' visit.
Because I'm just getting to know the Heffalump it's hard to accurately judge the effect, and since everything here is new he is naturally wary and careful - but he does seem to relax when the music plays. I do think I see less tension in his body language and carriage when the music plays. Hooligan and Puddle go to sleep, this surprised me as Hooligan is usually hyper-alert.
So far so good.
The Belltie, however, seems to be somewhat less controlled after about half an hour of the music playing. This is very interesting to me, as I saw a similar reaction to a DAP diffuser - it's as if relaxing mechanisms might almost overly-relax him, lowering his self control threshold. Very interesting...
Anyway - I'm quite intrigued with the idea of relaxation music, and will continue to explore how I might add it to my 'tool box'.
Again, thanks Ulaula!