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Put Your Pup’s Fears To Rest With The Thundershirt!

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My pup Lucca presents herself as fearless, telling dogs twice her size who’s boss, but the one thing that sends her cowering in fear is thunder and lightening. A summer storm — and we’ve had a few of them so far — sends her into a panic, seeking shelter under the bed, in my bathtub, or behind the row of maxi dresses in my closet. It’s so sad! But a friend recently suggested that I buy the Thundershirt, a, well, garment you put on your dog when its spooked by thunder, fireworks, or any other situation that stresses it out. The Thundershirt purports to use “gentle pressure” that calms your dog down. In fact, the sort was developed thanks to the research of experts like Dr. Temple Grandin, who made her own “squeeze machine” to help calm the anxiety she felt as a result of her autism. (More about Temple’s work here — she is one of my heroes.) A number of friends have used the Thundershirt on their dogs with excellent results, so I can’t wait to try it on Lucca. [$39.95, Thundershirt]

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