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Product claims to calm dog anxiety

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A new product claims to calm down dogs when she or she is scared or overexcited.

The Thundershirt's website features a talking dog making some big claims. The company said that by putting on the $36 piece of Velcro-laden fabric, troubled dogs are instantly fixed.

Fears of thunder, loud noises, separation anxiety, leash pulling and even barking are all claimed to be remedied by the product.

The device was not new to veterinarians, like Brooke Outten.

"Constant pressure on the nervous system can help have a calming and soothing effect," said Outten.

Outten has spent the last decade helping man's best friend. She uses and sells the shirt to help keep fearful dogs calm before, during and after a host of procedures.

University of Memphis graduate and dog owner Nikki Bussey knows all too well the pitfalls of a timid dog.

"When she gets scared, she tends to burrow in things," said Bussey. "She'll shake, then she starts to pant."

Thunder, vacuum cleaners, and even a soda bottle will send her dog Spunky into a tizzy.

Bussey tried medication, but by the time the medicine kicks in, the storm has passed. Once Spunky tried on the Thundershirt, the results were instant.

"I think it's working," said Bussey.

Still aware of the thunder and conscious of the vacuum, Spunky appeared to have undergone a psychic change.

"I would buy this," said Bussey.

The Thundershirt has a four-star customer rating on Amazon.com and a money back guarantee.

To learn more about the Thundershirt, click here.

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