Editor’s note: Something to consider during the coming fireworks…
by Heidi Hiatt
Many of you have read my article on weighted blankets, which is posted on a handful of different websites. In it I discussed the benefits of deep pressure stimulation, a concept pioneered by Dr. Temple Grandin.
A product for dogs called Thundershirt is using the same principle to calm anxious canines. Wrapping a dog in this snug-fitting vest with velcro closures is like holding them close in threatening situations.
I will be giving Thundershirt a try because my beloved bluetick coonhound mix becomes a 62-pound lap dog during storms. He has an outgoing, cheery, adventurous personality and is very protective of his family. But when the angels start bowling, the din activates a red-eyed, hyperventilating neurosis, probably because dogs’ ears are so sensitive.