If you’re a dog owner, chances are you've viewed the displeasure your dogs show when confronted with loud noises occurring in your neighborhood or household. Fireworks, thunderstorm, leaf blowers, vacuum cleaners and a myriad number of everyday noises can cause unwelcome anxiety stimulation.
In my case, living near a Marine Air Force Base in Beaufort, South Carolina, the dogs in my neighborhood have to contend with the roaring engines overhead emitted from fighter jets, known as the F-35Bs Joint Strike Fighters.
So how do you combat these tense situations? Today, we’ll explore two solutions to help ease your dog’s pain when coping with these auditory issues.
According to one manufacturing group, they believe they’ve developed the “sartorial solution to Fido's fears.” It's known as the ThunderShirt, aka the 'calming coat,' the 'anxiety jacket,' and the 'anti-anxiety vest' or the 'pressure wrap.'"
Based on the concept of “swaddling,” the ThunderShirt is a low-tech, hugs-not-drugs approach to treating the fear response in animals. Designed with lightweight, durable fabric that compresses, somewhat like Spandex, the adjustable Velcro closures, when fitted properly, apply gentle lateral pressure to your tag-along's torso, providing the same physiological effect of being constantly hugged.
Created to be easily worn, 80 percent of pet owners who have tried it, report positive outcomes — not just for noise phobias, but for other stressful situations like road trips, veterinarian visits, deaths and separation anxiety.
These coat costs range between $40 and $55.
Sometimes it’s better to obtain a professional opinion. So many pet owners have considered seeking out animal behaviorists.
"This is a person who has specialized in animal behavior and has credentials in either the Animal Behavior Society of the United States or a veterinarian who is Board Certified at the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists," explains Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Head of Behavior at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Since dogs can't tell us what scares them, behaviorists determine treatments based on examining a dog's body language. The behaviorist can also provide tips on how to make your pooch more comfortable in certain situations (guests at the house, mailman at the door, etc..) To find a board certified veterinary behaviorist in your neck of the wood, check out this list issued by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.
So, perhaps either the ThunderShirt or Animal Behaviorists can be put to the test in Beaufort, SC as well — to ease anxiety the next time they hear that very loud “sound of freedom” emitted from those very necessary but noisy B-35Bs. It's worth a try, don't you think?
Primary Sourse: Treating Noise Anxiety in Dogs