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Hey All!  Heather again! If your Fourth of July is anything like mine it includes hamburgers, brats, family and an overly anxious dog terrified of the fireworks!  Whether your dog cowers under the covers because of the fireworks or thunder, or he shakes and shivers every time he gets in the car, even when you visit the vet, a ThunderShirt might just be your anxiety cure!

I know!  A shirt that is good for anxiety!?  How could that be!?  Well, think of when you or someone you know swaddled their new born baby and the baby automatically began to calm down!  The ThunderShirt is designed to provide a gentle, constant pressure that can have a dramatic effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited!  In fact, over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using!

Many experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and this idea has been commonly used for years! Some examples of where pressure has been used as a calming aid are during vaccination of cattle, Touch dog trainers, people with autism and children with certain behavioral problems use pressure shirts and weighted vests.

There are many symptoms for which a Thundershirt may benefit your pup at home including yawning, excessive barking and whining, shaking, panting, drooling, clawing, hyperactivity, digging, hiding and clinging to owners.  Many dogs show improvement with the first time that they wear the Thundershirt and it is safe to wear for extended periods of time.  Some cases have even reported that after a time of wearing the Thundershirt their dog had less or no anxiety towards their normal triggers!  A dog may eventually be so calm during their normal anxious times that they no longer associate thunder or fireworks with a negative experience!  How amazing could that be!!

And don’t forget about all those other times your dog gets anxious – Separation from owners, traveling, crating, vet visits or if your dog is anything like my Lilu, walks that include being near manholes and drain covers!!!  She’s an interesting one, but a Thundershirt does just the trick!

The Thundershirt couldn’t be easier to use! It’s held together by velcro and I’m going to show you just how simple it is to put on your dog:

First, unhook all the velcro, lay out the shirt and grab your dog.

Next, lay the shirt on top of your dog and place the long strip under your dog’s belly. Secure the velcro fastener.

Then, take secure the top strip of fabric to the velcro fastener.

Finally, secure the velcro fastener on the front of the shirt, under your dog’s chin.

And, there you have it. A calm dog in a very few minutes.


Fourth of July is coming quick so stop in today to pick out either our gray Thundershirt or Rugby Pink for all those gal dogs out there!  Our fabulous team members can show you exactly how to fit the Thundershirt so don’t forget to bring Fido with you to get the correct size!

 

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