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The Thunder Shirt applies gentle, constant pressure around your dog's torso, which has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful, or over-excited. Over 85% of dogs show significant improvement in anxiety symptoms when using Thundershirt. Recommended by thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers.
As for why Thundershirt's gentle pressure works to calm a dog, experts such as Dr. Temple Grandin believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for many years. For example:
Tellington Touch (TTouch) dog trainers use pressure to address a wide variety of anxieties
Veterinarians use pressure to relax cattle when they are administering vaccinations
People with autism use pressure to relieve their persistent anxiety
Children with certain behavioral problems use pressure shirts and weighted vests to relax and focus
Parents use swaddling to calm newborn infants
9" up to 13"
13" up to 17"
17" up to 21"
21" up to 25"
25" up to 30"
30" up to 37"
37" up to 50"
How to Put the Thunder Shirt on Your Dog
Thundershirt has been developed to be very easy to put on. Just lay it over your dog's back and secure with the chest and torso straps. The Velcro fasteners make Thundershirt very adjustable to many different body shapes.
1. Place the Thundershirt on your dog's back and wrap the Short Flap under the torso.
2. Wrap the Long Flap under the torso and secure with Velcro onto the short flap. Make a comfortable, but snug, fit. You should be able to easily slide your fingers between the Thundershirt and your dog's torso.
3. Wrap the Top Flap down onto the Long Flap and secure with Velcro. Adjust to improve the snug fit and keep Thundershirt securely in place.
4. Wrap the Chest Straps around the front of the dog and secure with Velcro. You should be able to easily slide your fingers under the Chest Straps and should not feel restricting around your dog's neck.
How To Use Thundershirt
Thundershirt is an excellent treatment for most types of dog anxiety and fear issues. For many anxieties, such as noise, crate, travel, barking and others, just put the Thundershirt on your dog and you will likely see results without training. For more complicated anxiety cases, we recommend using Thundershirt as part of a behavior modification program.
Thundershirt is also a useful tool for managing excitability or hyperactivity with strangers, on a leash, or in a training environment. Thundershirt's calming effect can help your dog to focus (or refocus) his energies in a more constructive direction, allowing training to be more effective.
Introducing Thundershirt to Your Dog
Before putting Thundershirt on your dog for the first time, we recommend offering a small amount of food to your dog using the Thundershirt as a "plate". Dogs typically become more comfortable and trusting of something that "brings" them food or anything that they associate with food. So this is an easy little trick to quickly create a positive association with Thundershirt for your dog.
Thundershirt is made out of durable, washable fabric. When necessary, Thundershirt may be washed in a regular cycle using regular laundry detergent and warm water. Hang to dry. To remove dog hair from Thundershirt's velcro, try using a standard dog "slicker" brush. A couple of strokes and the velcro hooks will be nearly completely hair-free.
FAQ: Is overheating a concern when using a Thundershirt?
Except in extreme conditions (e.g. 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the sun), overheating is not typically a concern when using a Thundershirt. Dogs cool themselves primarily through their mouths and paws, and a Thundershirt is constructed of a thin, breathable fabric. If you feel that overheating might be a problem for your particular circumstance, monitor your dog for any signs of overheating, such as heavy panting or tongue hanging out of the mouth. Remove the Thundershirt if you see any signs of overheating.
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