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    • pollyanna24
    • By pollyanna24 6th Oct 16, 2:12 PM
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    Thundershirt for dogs scared of fireworks
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    • 6th Oct 16, 2:12 PM
    Thundershirt for dogs scared of fireworks 6th Oct 16 at 2:12 PM
    Does anyone use these? My dog is petrified of fireworks, but I've looked up the cost for this coat and it's £35 which is fine if it actually works.

    Just looks like an ordinary coat to me.

    The pills don't seem to have any effect on my dog.
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    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 6th Oct 16, 2:16 PM
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    I do know people who really rate them - thankfully mine are oblivious of fireworks so I have never used them myself. The big difference to a normal coat is that they wrap quite tight so the dog feels like they are being protected. You can achieve a similar effect with a tight t shirt if you have something the right size and can get it on and keep it there.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 6th Oct 16, 4:42 PM
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    Mine couldn't care less about fireworks, either, butI too have known people have success with a close fitting T shirt.


    Another suggestion is to get a dog used to the noise by playing the sounds at a low level and gradually increasing the volume as each level is tolerated. (you can find recordings on the internet).
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 6th Oct 16, 5:08 PM
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    A snug fitting tshirt might be just a good.. Depending on the size of your dog a child's tshirt might do.

    The principal is it is like having a hug.
    • missbiggles1
    • By missbiggles1 6th Oct 16, 5:26 PM
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    What pills have you tried?
    • minimad1970
    • By minimad1970 6th Oct 16, 11:18 PM
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    The thundershirt didn't work for my dog. There's lots of pages online showing how to use bandages, which would be a lot cheaper. https://www.cuteness.com/article/wrap-dogs-treat-anxiety

    I use Bach's Rescue remedy for my dog, the only problem is it takes 10 minutes or so to work.
    • helcat26
    • By helcat26 9th Oct 16, 2:56 PM
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    Looked these up after reading your post. my goodness you can get them for cats as well! I can only imagine the bloodshed if I tried to get our cat in one of those.
    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 10th Oct 16, 1:37 AM
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    Almost all cases of animals being scared of fireworks are human derived. I've taken dogs (temporarily) away from people who proclaim they are terrified of fireworks only to find they don't even bat an eye lid when away from owners.

    If you're scared of fireworks yourself then you will be teaching your dog that they're something to be fearful of. And he/she may even bark protectively, sensing you're concerned.

    Acting out of character and making a fuss (by wrapping dogs up in stupid shirts) only compounds the problem.

    Dogs take their lead from their owners. If you're not worried then neither will they be.
    Last edited by Feral Moon; 10-10-2016 at 1:40 AM.
    • catkins
    • By catkins 10th Oct 16, 12:14 PM
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    I know someone whose dog is terrified of fireworks. A thunder shirt did not work for them.

    Personally I would try desensitising the dog. Play a video of a firework display and gradually increase the sound.

    I did that with my dog and while it was playing I would be saying "Ooooh what's that funny noise" and stroking him or giving him a treat. I did it with fireworks and some other noises - lorries, hoover etc. Worked for me
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    • chris n tj
    • By chris n tj 15th Oct 16, 6:26 PM
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    If you buy one from Pets at Home and it doesn't work you can take it back for a full refund. They don't quibble either. Worth a try in my view I know many that have had good results using them. x
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    • Mupette
    • By Mupette 15th Oct 16, 6:42 PM
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    Almost all cases of animals being scared of fireworks are human derived. I've taken dogs (temporarily) away from people who proclaim they are terrified of fireworks only to find they don't even bat an eye lid when away from owners.

    If you're scared of fireworks yourself then you will be teaching your dog that they're something to be fearful of. And he/she may even bark protectively, sensing you're concerned.

    Acting out of character and making a fuss (by wrapping dogs up in stupid shirts) only compounds the problem.

    Dogs take their lead from their owners. If you're not worried then neither will they be.
    Originally posted by Feral Moon



    I love fireworks. my dog is still petrified by them.

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    • lisa110rry
    • By lisa110rry 27th Oct 16, 1:12 PM
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    Me too, Mupette.
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    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 27th Oct 16, 1:27 PM
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    There are some things you can do to help your dog. Make a secure, dark place for your dog to shelter , such as a crate with a blanket over it , a space under a desk or table with a blanket draped over it. Somewhere he can hide when he feels scared.

    If you know there will be fireworks turn up the volume of some loud music. Classic music seems to work better for some reason. Close curtains early to prevent seeing fireworks and to help muffle the sound.

    Some people on another forum have had good success with Melatonin. You need to buy it online. If you want details of supplier and dosage join 'Dogpages' and ask there.

    I have read of people driving to a service station in the middle of nowhere and parking there for the evening to avoid their dogs getting upset.
    • lisa110rry
    • By lisa110rry 27th Oct 16, 3:20 PM
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    As my dog is petrified of fireworks (but unaffected by gunshots!), and also has an allergy from time to time, I'm going to give her Piriton (recommended by VET) in the evening instead of the morning, which should make her tired and less highly strung.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 27th Oct 16, 4:02 PM
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    Almost all cases of animals being scared of fireworks are human derived. I've taken dogs (temporarily) away from people who proclaim they are terrified of fireworks only to find they don't even bat an eye lid when away from owners.

    If you're scared of fireworks yourself then you will be teaching your dog that they're something to be fearful of. And he/she may even bark protectively, sensing you're concerned.

    Dogs take their lead from their owners. If you're not worried then neither will they be.
    Originally posted by Feral Moon
    Sorry, I disagree entirely.
    I'm certainly not scared of bangs but one of my dogs is. Given the chance she takes herself off to my bed.

    In the past I tried using the CD of sounds and noises but both dogs (different ones) knew the difference between the recodings and the real thing.

    What about trying an Adaptil spray or diffuser? The spray used to be a lot cheaper, you spray the bedding.

    One of the suggestions made at dog club was to feed a carbohydrate rich meal during the firework season as it makes the dogs more likely to sleep. A really good run or more exercise than usual during the day will make also them tired.

    I generally make sure curtains are drawn and radio is louder than usual.
    Last edited by Katiehound; 27-10-2016 at 4:06 PM.
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    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 27th Oct 16, 7:30 PM
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    Unless you have a very good quality sound system the sound of the CD is not nearly the same as the real thing.
    • trixie73
    • By trixie73 28th Oct 16, 9:44 PM
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    My mini Schnauzer was petrified of the fireworks last year. I'm dreading them starting this year . Yet my two bunnies are not fazed by them at all, they happily sit munching the grass while there going off.
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 29th Oct 16, 2:17 PM
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    Almost all cases of animals being scared of fireworks are human derived. I've taken dogs (temporarily) away from people who proclaim they are terrified of fireworks only to find they don't even bat an eye lid when away from owners.

    If you're scared of fireworks yourself then you will be teaching your dog that they're something to be fearful of. And he/she may even bark protectively, sensing you're concerned.

    Acting out of character and making a fuss (by wrapping dogs up in stupid shirts) only compounds the problem.

    Dogs take their lead from their owners. If you're not worried then neither will they be.
    Originally posted by Feral Moon
    I couldn't agree more.

    My mum's dog is apparently petrified of fireworks and thunderstorms, shakes like a leaf, runs upstairs and hides under the duvet, that's when he's home with her. Here he doesn't bat an eyelid. There were fireworks going off last night for diwali, he didn't even notice.

    My own cats and dog couldn't give a hoot. Although I do try to make sure the cats are in, I don't want them to get harmed by a falling firework.
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    • Feral Moon
    • By Feral Moon 29th Oct 16, 3:07 PM
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    I couldn't agree more.

    My mum's dog is apparently petrified of fireworks and thunderstorms, shakes like a leaf, runs upstairs and hides under the duvet, that's when he's home with her. Here he doesn't bat an eyelid. There were fireworks going off last night for diwali, he didn't even notice.

    My own cats and dog couldn't give a hoot. Although I do try to make sure the cats are in, I don't want them to get harmed by a falling firework.
    Originally posted by peachyprice
    Ahhh someone on my own wavelength. Of all the animals I've owned over the years, not one has ever batted an eyelid at fireworks. Even a stray I took in one year on 4th November accompanied me to a private firework display the following evening (I didn't want to leave her home alone) and was absolutely fine. Initially I stayed in the pub with her to gauge her reaction and as she was so calm and relaxed, I took her outside to where the bonfire & firework display was.

    I didn't know anything about her history or why she turned up on my doorstep, bedraggled and lonely the day before, but she obviously took her cue from me and enjoyed the evening.

    And another reason I believe in this theory...my mother was terrified of thunder and fireworks. If our dogs were in her care during a storm or fireworks going off then the dogs became distressed. However, remove mother from the situation and they were absolutely fine. Didn't bat an eyelid.

    I understand the above is just an isolated incident but I've worked with animals for many years and have often come across with owners and their pets.
    Last edited by Feral Moon; 29-10-2016 at 3:10 PM.
    • catkins
    • By catkins 29th Oct 16, 11:31 PM
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    Ahhh someone on my own wavelength. Of all the animals I've owned over the years, not one has ever batted an eyelid at fireworks. Even a stray I took in one year on 4th November accompanied me to a private firework display the following evening (I didn't want to leave her home alone) and was absolutely fine. Initially I stayed in the pub with her to gauge her reaction and as she was so calm and relaxed, I took her outside to where the bonfire & firework display was.

    I didn't know anything about her history or why she turned up on my doorstep, bedraggled and lonely the day before, but she obviously took her cue from me and enjoyed the evening.

    And another reason I believe in this theory...my mother was terrified of thunder and fireworks. If our dogs were in her care during a storm or fireworks going off then the dogs became distressed. However, remove mother from the situation and they were absolutely fine. Didn't bat an eyelid.

    I understand the above is just an isolated incident but I've worked with animals for many years and have often come across with owners and their pets.
    Originally posted by Feral Moon
    At one time I would have agreed with you. I am not scared of fireworks or storms and none of my previous dogs (over 10 in total) or cats (over 15 in total) have been. However my present cat is absolutely terrified. She was scared last night and was desperately trying to find somewhere to hide. Tonight when they started again she messed on the floor.

    My dog is not happy when they start either. He either runs into his crate or comes and tries to squeeze on my lap (he is a big dog). He won't go out in the garden or for a walk when they are going on
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