(Original Post Date: 6/30/14)
What is a ThunderShirt?
A ThunderShirt is designed to wrap around your dog's chest to provide a gentle, even pressure on the body. This wrap is used in a similar manner to swaddling a newborn baby. The ultimate goal of the ThunderShirt is to reduce a dog's anxiety (or fear).
Why would my pet need a ThunderShirt?
If your dog is anxious, fearful, or overexcited, your pet may benefit from a ThunderShirt. When dogs are stressed, they behave differently than when they're in a comfortable environment. A ThunderShirt can also be an aid to facilitate training.
Types of dog anxieties vary, but can include any of the following, among others:
I just bought a ThunderShirt. Now what do I do?
It's important to associate the ThunderShirt with positive experiences, so consider offering a treat when you place the ThunderShirt on your dog. Fit the ThunderShirt snugly in order to achieve the "swaddling" effect. The ThunderShirt can be worn for extended periods when needed. However, check your dog for any irritation after the first two hours of continuous use.
How do I know if it's working?
In many cases, you will notice an immediate difference in your dog's behavior the first time you use it. In other cases, the ThunderShirt reduces the anxiety enough to promote successful behavior modification training. If you don't see any results, call your veterinarian to discuss your experience. The ThunderShirt is backed by a 45 day guarantee for a full refund if you are not satisfied with the results.
Where can I learn more about the ThunderShirt?
The ThunderShirt official website - www.thundershirt.com - is a great resource. You will find information about dog anxieties, training tips and success stories.