Originally Posted by taquitos
Yeah best results with the Thundershirt happen when you train WITH the shirt as well.
Please realize it is not a miracle cure!! You have to make the shirt a "positive" thing first, and then work on desensitizing along with using it as a tool for helping calm the dog down.
+1 to taquitos.
The trick with these shirts and other training tools is remember that they are just helping you reach your ultimate goal - not a simple fix.
The Thunder Shirt did not make my dog love car rides, but it brought her down from full blown panic when a semi drove by, to light panting and some shaking. This is far more manageable and allows me to actually get through to her so I can correct and reward certain behaviour.
When a dog is in panic mode, or really anxious, you cannot reason with them, so the Thunder Shirt, or natural calming treats (or sometimes the combination of the two) bring your dog's anxiety down a level or two so that you can use positive training to bring them down to the level you are looking for.