Originally Posted by Smith
So cool that the Thundershirt helped! I was going to suggest trying one, because they really do seem to help with a lot of timid/frightened dogs. Baby steps, but she's going to get there!
Yes, if they work they are great. The trainer the turned me onto them say they work immideately or not at all, but the great thing is that they have a 45 day guarantee so if you get one and it dosnt work you just return it! With foster dogs that have been around they have worked twice now and not worked once, I would encourage people to at least give them a try.
Nova is actually doing really good the last two days! We had a friend come visit from out of town yesterday and it was perfect because she has been working with dogs profesionally for 7 years. Couldnt ask for a better first visitor for a shy dog. She came out of her crate to investigate the visitors, sniffed at everyones feet and voluntarily sat on the couch and allowed us to gently stroke her back/butt! We still scare her back into the crate with loud noises, sudden movements or anything that looks like we might pick her up but for now I think she is doing amazing. I also have been sitting outside the crate with treats and she will take them from my hand. At first I held my hand in the crate and she got one every time she came over but that was too easy. Now she is getting a treat for putting a foot outside the crate and onto the carpet. She still isn't making a direct association between action I do = treat, but that will come too. She is a smart little dog.