As I’ve often stated, Bobby’s a rescue from a kill shelter. We know one other detail: he was brought in by the police. Bobby has a lot of phobias/ fears. I’ve worked with him over these 4-ish years and he has successfully conquered many! Loud noises still freak him out.
A friend mentioned the Thundershirt (link is a review). It worked for her dog who got upset at fireworks, so he didn’t need it often but he got a great deal of relief when he did. Right! I looked into them but didn’t feel like dropping 50USD on one.
Sunday AM, it was thundering a lot (for about 4 hours). Bobby was freaking out. He hasn’t tried to get me to pick him up like a baby-dog in … years. We ended up where I had his front paws over my shoulders, I bent over with my arms running down his body on both sides. Finally, he curled up at my feet and I hovered over him for a while. It got him over the immediate panic but he was soooo scaredy still!
Bobby likes to play fancy dress.
I grabbed what I knew is a now too-small tshirt (currently, much like myself, he’s sporting three fat rolls — terrible!). It was hard to get on him, bless his little heart. He’s so patient. I was worried that he’d get more freaked out with how tight it was. Granted, it was only tight around his shoulders and chest but it stretched the fabric!
Almost immediately, instead of clinging to my skirts, he went to his bedbed, grabbed his IKEA hedgehog and laid down where I had been sitting — just dropped like his usual napping-watchdog position. Bam!