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My 4 1/2 year old golden boy, Nygel, becomes very aggitated outside of his normal surroundings. He also has a high prey instinct as well as he doesn't like anyone to come close to our fenceline and will bark aggressively at anyone/thing that comes close.

So...... I decided to try the newly advertised "Thundershirt" with much skepticism. "How can a coat help with these issues".

Well, I put it on him last evening and, firstly, he didn't seem to mind it being on and, secondly, he immediately seemed more relaxed. Our neighbour "terrorist" children were running around and SCREAMING which normally puts him into a very aggitated state but not yesterday. People walked by our home walking their dog - normally Nyg would BARK, BARK, BARK & I'd have to take him into the house but not last evening. He barked twice in a different "tone" & then went back to playing with the other boys.

Not recommending yet but I do see some improvement. I'll keep the forum updated!

https://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...iver_thumb.jpg God, please take good care of my best friend, Oliver, who crossed The Bridge on Nov 3/08 at a young age of 3. Please help him find his golden sister, Becky, (April/06 - age 14) and help him find lots of tennis balls, stuffed toys, socks & shoes to carry around. He loves to go for walks through the bush carrying logs and swimming, please. We'll miss you, Sweet Ollie - forever in our memories.
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Sounds great so far....keep us posted, since it may be something I would use for my youngest. How is it as far as the potty issues. Can they go potty with it easily?
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I have been wondering how effective these thundershirts are too-I've had several people ask me about them, but I didn't know enough about them to recommend or not recommend them.

Looking forward to the updates.
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I got mine for Lucy last week. We've yet to get to try it out during a storm, but it definitely kept her calmer at night while Bart was out of town. She usually will bark at any noise she hears, because she's in protective mode, but she only barked a very little bit while wearing it. She seems a great deal less neurotic with it on.
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Sounds great so far....keep us posted, since it may be something I would use for my youngest. How is it as far as the potty issues. Can they go potty with it easily?
Absolutely no problem in this area as the "shirt" fastens beneath their belly and around the chest & there is plenty of clearance for both males and females. Nyg used it for both "peeing & pooping" yesterday without issue - he didn't even get the shirt wet at all - I checked The shirts are also washable.

I purchased mine for $42.99 + tax and I noticed that they can be purchased on-line for $39.99 plus taxes plus $15.99 shipping. You'd probably be best buying a shirt from a local retailer - pet store, vet office, etc.

Ironically, he seemed to even like the shirt on and paraded around as if saying "look at me, I'm special".

I am going to take Nyg for a walk downtown where there are lots of distractions to see how he behaves. Normally he's very uptight and on guard in unfamiliar situations (because of a dog attack when he was 9 mos old).

https://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...iver_thumb.jpg God, please take good care of my best friend, Oliver, who crossed The Bridge on Nov 3/08 at a young age of 3. Please help him find his golden sister, Becky, (April/06 - age 14) and help him find lots of tennis balls, stuffed toys, socks & shoes to carry around. He loves to go for walks through the bush carrying logs and swimming, please. We'll miss you, Sweet Ollie - forever in our memories.
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I bought mine from a local pet store where the owner has an Aussie who is absolutely frantic during a thunderstorm and even hours before. She said that there is no sleep for anyone during these hours - that is, until Thundershirt. She told me that she put the thundershirt on her Aussie hours before the storm and her girl slept all through the night even though the storm woke them up. She was AMAZED at the success.

https://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...iver_thumb.jpg God, please take good care of my best friend, Oliver, who crossed The Bridge on Nov 3/08 at a young age of 3. Please help him find his golden sister, Becky, (April/06 - age 14) and help him find lots of tennis balls, stuffed toys, socks & shoes to carry around. He loves to go for walks through the bush carrying logs and swimming, please. We'll miss you, Sweet Ollie - forever in our memories.
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Another endorsement here. DH was really skeptical but we decided we had nothing to lose trying it with our thunderphobic Mike since it had a 100% guarantee. Not a complete cure-all but definitely alot better than he is without. Here is a link to it on Amazon ($39.95) w/ free shipping: http://www.amazon.com/Thundershirt-Anxiety-Treatment-Large-Heather/dp/B0028QK6EY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315933652&sr=8-1

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I have to admit I ordered Lucy and embroidered one, so that if later we want one for Dory we can tell them apart.
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Another endorsement here. DH was really skeptical but we decided we had nothing to lose trying it with our thunderphobic Mike since it had a 100% guarantee. Not a complete cure-all but definitely alot better than he is without. Here is a link to it on Amazon ($39.95) w/ free shipping: Amazon.com: Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment Wrap, Large, Heather Grey: Pet Supplies
Did the large work for you? I am using the XL & wouldn't want any smaller - Nygel is NOT a big boy @ 82 lbs & solid muscle. (You'd never know that he weighed in @ 82 lbs!)

https://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...iver_thumb.jpg God, please take good care of my best friend, Oliver, who crossed The Bridge on Nov 3/08 at a young age of 3. Please help him find his golden sister, Becky, (April/06 - age 14) and help him find lots of tennis balls, stuffed toys, socks & shoes to carry around. He loves to go for walks through the bush carrying logs and swimming, please. We'll miss you, Sweet Ollie - forever in our memories.
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