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Thunder Shirt for Dogs

Since the thunder shirt seems to work I thought I would look for one.
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All I found was one in a size M for chf 46 (that is the biggest size the manufacturer sells) which fits our smallest dog. Being desperate I bought it, and yes, it helps. We are in the midst of renovating our attic which is far more complicated and louder than was expected and the noise is frightening the pets. Once I put the shirt on Cassie she went off to sleep in her bed. No more panting, no more hiding under furniture.

Looking at the design of the shirt I can confirm it is possible to sew one, as posted.
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There is an online site to buy them in Germany but the sizing is off for Basset Hounds.

In the meantime I put an old dog sweater on Abby. It is not as tight as the shirt should be around the chest, though it is around the neck. I am going to sew her a proper shirt and will post pics once I am done.
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

Waiting eagerly for pics...

Hooligan wore her Thundershirt on NYE, and I do think it helped. At any rate we made it through the night without a seizure. (Knock wood!)

I found a size L Thundershirt at Meiko in Hünenberg - they had the full compliment of sizes last time I was there, btw.

Hooligan falls between an M and an L; measurements-wise she should have fit into an M, but because she is thin but deep-chested and long-bodied (she's a rather unique looking sheltie ) an M was too snug around her ribcage and didn't reach far enough down the torso. An L fit around her ribcage, but left a lot of extra material at the closure point and was too large around her neck and chest - so I had to tailor it.

I first washed the Thundershirt to shrink it. Then added an extra velcro strip on the ribcage closure flap, and did a series of dart tucks around the neck and at the bottom of the shirt for a snug fit. I did the darts so that the smooth side is the side against the dog's skin, the folded material outside - the opposite of the way you would normally sew a dart. Looks funny, but since the whole point is even gentle pressure I didnt want the tailoring to affect how the shirt distributed pressure.

Not too bad - but I do wish the shirt was made for a wider range of body types.

I'm keen to try making one from scratch, as per your second link. Any idea where to find appropriate material in Switzerland? I couldn't find anything at Creasphere or Manor...

I've tried t-shirts without any discernible effect on Hooligan, but they work for many dogs. TTouch body wrapping is another possibility - this worked well with Haifisch: - here's a good explanation:

http://www.crvetcenter.com/ttouch.php

Sending calming thoughts to the Doolittle doglets...
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

Hi Mrs Doolittle,

I have a thundershirt that I was thinking about selling. I bought it for my chihuahua and she has worn it only twice. (Once to fly to the US, and once to fly back last week.) She has grown pretty confident without it. If you are interested let me know. I still have the original packaging and can send additional pictures if you like.

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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

Ahh, i read your post too quick. You already have a shirt and you are looking to make one. Whoops! Good luck and yes - v interested in seeing your version. I am sure its going to be much nicer looking than the original.
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

Thunder shirts definitely work - my sister's dog was terrified of storms and fireworks but it calmed her down. Meiko also has an online shop if you need a specific size, by the way. I guess you could try making your own but it has to be a comfortable, fairly dense but still slightly stretchy material that fits exactly.
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

I am considering getting a sewing machine to make Lily a spare, they work on her so well. I would say some very stretchy fleece/ sweatshirt stuff with a bit of weight. I have a top from lands' end in something they call French terry that might do well, but I am not ready to sacrifice it.
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Hi Mrs Doolittle,

I have a thundershirt that I was thinking about selling. I bought it for my chihuahua and she has worn it only twice. (Once to fly to the US, and once to fly back last week.) She has grown pretty confident without it. If you are interested let me know. I still have the original packaging and can send additional pictures if you like.

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That is very kind of you but I think it will be too small. The dog who needs one weighs 20 kg....a bit more than a chihuahua.
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I am considering getting a sewing machine to make Lily a spare, they work on her so well. I would say some very stretchy fleece/ sweatshirt stuff with a bit of weight. I have a top from lands' end in something they call French terry that might do well, but I am not ready to sacrifice it.
Keep the shirt. Cassie's shirt is a stretchy T shirt fabric but quite thick. Nothing on the package about the material but there is a tag. I cannot get to it now as she is wearing it and is fast asleep despite the noise going on above her head. We are having insulation blown into the attic today. It is quieter than the work up until now. Most of the noise is outside where the machine is sitting.

The temporary solution I have for Abby is fleece and it it is too stretchy, and also it doesn't breathe. But she likes wearing it. The online products are sized in such a way that they won't fit a Basset correctly because of their proportions.

Also, there is so much velcro on the shirt I bought, and velcro and dog hair are not a good combination. I can think of better materials to use. I am fed up with products for dogs which are impractical - dog beds which cannot be easily cleaned, for example, or made of materials which cannot stand up to everyday use.
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

Lily's thundershirt is 55%cotton, 35%polyester 10%lycra. Loads of Velcro. And you are right, I'll never get all the hair out of the Velcro.
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I am considering getting a sewing machine to make Lily a spare, they work on her so well. I would say some very stretchy fleece/ sweatshirt stuff with a bit of weight. I have a top from lands' end in something they call French terry that might do well, but I am not ready to sacrifice it.
Do you want to borrow one of mine? I have two ( sewing machines that is not thunder shirts)
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

Oooh. That would be good. Thank you! Probably in a month or so, though. Am trying to organize myself first!
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

In case anyone is still looking, marton has some now.

Thundershirt - the solution for frightened dogs!
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

With New Year's Eve approaching I thought I would mention that while at
Fressnapf in Germany today I saw they are now selling the thundershirt. The XL was EUR 48.

To check what size your dog needs you can visit these websites:

www.thundershirt.de
www.quiko.de
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

What about Fressnapf in Switzerland?
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Re: Thunder Shirt for Dogs

Honestly, it's the first time I'm hearing (ok, reading) about thundershirts.

Now I understand why Laddie, our collie (not to be confused with Dirty Harry, my avatar mutt), is so calm even in the roughest waves on Lake Michigan. Normally he's rather on the jittery side, but on those 30-mile boat rides to South Fox Island he always is as cool as a cucumber.

It must be the CFD (Canine Floating Device (Captain-Greybeardish for life vest)) that turns him into an unflappable sailor.

Are those things available also for female humans (D cups)? The regular human life vest just doesn't seem to cut the mustard.
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Honestly, it's the first time I'm hearing (ok, reading) about thundershirts.

Now I understand why Laddie, our collie (not to be confused with Dirty Harry, my avatar mutt), is so calm even in the roughest waves on Lake Michigan. Normally he's rather on the jittery side, but on those 30-mile boat rides to South Fox Island he always is as cool as a cucumber.

It must be the CFD (Canine Floating Device (Captain-Greybeardish for life vest)) that turns him into an unflappable sailor.

Are those things available also for female humans (D cups)? The regular human life vest just doesn't seem to cut the mustard.

I don't think a thundershirt will help you float, regardless of cup size. In fact, a thundershirt is more like a minimizer.. ;-)

Conversely, if laddie wears a life vest hugging his chest, the vest action is very likely similar to the thundershirt in terms of calming.
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What about Fressnapf in Switzerland?
Fressnapf in Germany is really close to our home. I never go to the one in Switzerland because the closest one is at least 45 minutes away.

I looked online. It looks as though it is sold in Switzerland too. At least online. Sometimes the stores do not carry the online products but they can order them for you.

This is the link to the DE website
https://www.fressnapf.de/s/search?text=thundershirt


This is the link to CH website.
http://www.fressnapf.ch/de/directsearch.htm
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I don't think a thundershirt will help you float, regardless of cup size. In fact, a thundershirt is more like a minimizer.. ;-)

Conversely, if laddie wears a life vest hugging his chest, the vest action is very likely similar to the thundershirt in terms of calming.
Sorry you didn't get my point. Of course I know that a thundershirt has no floating effect, but since a life vest for humans doesn't seem to have the same thundershirt-like calming effect on my OH as the doggie version has on Laddie, I thought applying the thundershirt principle on humans might be worth a try. Human life vests don't seem to sufficiently touch the parts where the soothing effect is triggered.

Might be worth some research.
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Sorry you didn't get my point. Of course I know that a thundershirt has no floating effect, but since a life vest for humans doesn't seem to have the same thundershirt-like calming effect on my OH as the doggie version has on Laddie, I thought applying the thundershirt principle on humans might be worth a try. Human life vests don't seem to sufficiently touch the parts where the soothing effect is triggered.

Might be worth some research.

Sorry. I think the DCup threw me off. But if I'm not mistaken there has been research in this area. I can't think of studies, but i know some anecdotal stuff. The whole idea of weighted blankets as a sensory calming device is related to this. And Temple Grandin built a "hug machine" to alleviate her anxiety, when she was a student, perhaps. And I wonder if someone had this in mind (as well as confinement) with the straight jacket.
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Are those things available also for female humans (D cups)? The regular human life vest just doesn't seem to cut the mustard.
Yes they are - generally called weighted or pressure vests, most often used to help children with autism but also those with anxiety and other issues. A quick google pops up several manufacturers that only produce children's sizes, but here's one that also makes them for adults:
http://www.pressure-vest.com

(Google search only, no personal experience.)

As Edot points out, the Thundershirt was inspired by some of Dr Temple Grandin's work. Here is a brief article by Dr Grandin on the use of pressure therapy in calming, both humans and animals:
http://www.grandin.com/inc/squeeze.html
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