Back when our beagle Gracie was with us, I wrote about how afraid Gracie was of thunder and of gun shots. Several people suggested that I try a “Thundershirt” for her. I wrote to the Thundershirt company and asked if we could give it a try and they sent me a Thundershirt.
The premise of the Thundershirt is for dogs to wear it when they are scared. The compression of the shirt suppose to help alleviate the stress the pet is feeling. In fact, their motto is, “Takes the “pet” out of petrified”. The creators claim that 80% of dogs feel better when wearing it in stressful situations. You can learn more about here on their website.
Sadly, we were set to give the Thundershirt a try and then Gracie passed away. I kept the Thundershirt thinking that we might need it for Ruby but we don’t. Our family has worked really hard with Ruby to help her not be afraid practicing kenneling, leaving her and working to make her feel secure. When the kids are out target shooting, I make them take Ruby with all the time and now she thinks nothing of the loud noises. She is such a goofy dog and has no fear. She runs towards the action all the time.
I have no idea if these work for stressed dogs…I just know that seeing Gracie stressed like this made me want to try something.
I am giving away the Thundershirt. They come in specific sizes so if you have a dog that is beagle sized, or in the 15-25 pound range and want to give it a try, leave a comment and I’ll pick a winner next week.
Writing this post had me shuffling through old photos of Gracie…I still really miss her but at the same time am glad to have Ruby in my life. I can say, I don’t plan on living life without a beagle.