Since then, I have been trying out another compression shirt to see if there's a difference.
Anxiety Wrap is similar to the Thundershirt, in that it relies on acupressure to calm the dog. But while the Thundershirt is more of a wrap, the the Anxiety Wrap is more like a shirt, with pulls to tighten the shirt in certain areas....
The material is light-weight and breathes well, compared to the original Thundershirt.
Getting Lulu to refocus using the Anxiety Wrap has not improved much compared to the Thundershirt. I still need to calm her down when she barks at other dogs.
HOWEVER, Lulu also doesn't bark at trucks or golf carts when we're walking with the Anxiety Wrap on. That's a big difference.
|Other Dogs||Still barks, can refocus||Still barks, can refocus|
|Golf carts||Still barks||Doesn't bark|
|Trucks||Still barks||Doesn't bark|
|Kids on skateboards||Still barks||No test|
|Noises outside the house||Still barks||Still barks|
|Thunder||No issue||No issue|
|Fireworks||No issue||No issue|
If your dog has anxiety issues, particular with loud noises like thunderstorms, fireworks, etc., it's worth trying a Thundershirt or the Anxiety Wrap. But understand it may not work with your dog.
Let me give you two examples.
Mom says she put it on when Cappy started barking at people outside the house. She says Cappy immediately stopped barking and laid down.
What's also great about this is when Cappy stopped barking, my mom's other two dogs who bark when Cappy barks stopped as well. That's a relief to my parents who can't stand hearing three small dogs barking at once!
By comparison, Pepper of Pepper's Paws prefers the Anxiety Wrap over the Thundershirt. Look for her review soon.
A lot of it depends on the dog -- their level of anxiety, how they handle wearing the shirt or wrap. It also helps to make sure it's properly fitted. If you can get it done at a store, that would be good. If they aren't tight enough it won't work as well.
The best thing to do is get a Thundershirt or Anxiety Wrap at a place with a great refund policy. That way if it doesn't work you can return it.
The Thundershirt can be found in many pet stores. Anxiety Wrap is available in Amazon.com and on the Anxiety Wrap website.
I WANT TO HEAR YOUR STORIES! Have you ever tried a compression shirt for your dog? Which one? Did it work? I'd love to hear!
DISCLAIMER: I received the Thundershirt for Cappy and Lulu's Anxiety Wrap for free from their respective companies.