Many dog owner’s claim Thundershirt calms their dog and is recommended by vets and trainers. Is your dog fearful, anxious, scared of loud noises ? Thundershirt’s are completely safe and comfortable and the vast majority of dogs LIKE having them on. Thundershirt’s patent-pending design is a pressure wrap that applies a gentle, constant pressure on a dog’s torso.
How It Works
With its patent-pending design, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using Thundershirt. Thundershirt is already helping tens of thousands of dogs around the world, and is 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 years. For example:
- 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 an inconsolable newborn infant.
Supports Positive Based Training Programs
Note: I believe you should still try to resolve what ever is causing your pet’s behavior problem, i.e. excessive barking, fear, anxiety. Get to the root of the problem if possible. Thundershirt is recommended by Tellington TTouch.
UPDATE: I was reading about TTouch technique and came across a TTouch body wrap. This is the same concept as the Thundershirt. The following is from Buddha Dog Animal Massage Booklet & crvetcenter.com.
How to apply the TTouch Body Wrap
Tellington Touch or TTouch is a form of massage, ground exercises and training methods that help animals relax and focus, connecting their physical actions with appropriate emotional responses. TTouch is used to release fear, tension, and improve self-confidence so that learning, activity, or socialization can proceed. The Body Wrap is a TTouch technique that uses moderate pressure to comfort the mind and body during periods of stress, travel, loud noises, hyperactivity, or injury.
Start by putting the wrap on your dog when he or she is in a relaxed state, either from a massage or after a meal, so your dog begins to associate the wrap with relaxation.
|Place the middle of an elastic or “Ace” bandage across the dog’s chest. Bring both ends up and cross them over the shoulders, like wrapping arms around someone in a hug. The wrap will “connect” all parts of the body: front, back, right, left, top, and bottom. The wrap needs to be snug, but check it periodically to be sure it doesn’t interfere with movement or circulation. The illustrations here are for a Half-wrap, but some TTouch practitioners may use a Cross-wrap.|
Cross the bandage over the top of the shoulder blades; this is a point of balance
in 4-legged animals.
Next, cross the loose ends of the bandage under the belly.
|Tie the loose ends over the top of the lower back. There should be a uniform pressure around the entire bandage. As the hair compresses you may need to re-tie the wrap to have a good fit. The wrap pictured here is hand-decorated!|
|When finished, the figure-8 wrap surrounds the dog with comforting pressure. The wrap may only be needed for a few minutes or it can be left on as long as necessary to relieve fear, tension, or anxiety. Dogs with thunderstorm phobia may have a new confidence once the wrap is applied. Try it on more than one occasion if you are not satisfied at first. You may also treat with a Bach Flower Remedy for emotionally challenging situations. There are Flower Remedies for fear, shyness, grief and many other destabilizing emotions or behaviors.|
The wrap is one part of a holistic approach to mind-body wellness. Special cases will need more input from a TTouch practitioner, behaviorist, trainer, veterinarian and others to find the underlying problem and develop a long term plan for rehabilitation.
Special thanks to Maisie (right) and her caretaker Stephanie Karabaic for showing us this useful TTouch method. Additions were made by our Certified Veterinary Technicians, Kerry Bramwell and Sue Priest.
Update 9/2/12:The Anxiety Wrap was the first pressure wrap and is the only patented pressure wrap on the market.
Try the original – the Anxiety Wrap. The Anxiety Wrap was the first pressure wrap and is the only patented pressure wrap on the market. It was designed by a certified professional dog trainer and T-Touch Practitioner, Susan Sharpe in 2001, eight years before the advent of the Thundershirt. The Anxiety Wrap covers more body surface area and is made of a lighter weight, stretchy fabric that includes adjustable elements to create a customized fit. The Anxiety Wrap comes in 11 sizes whereas the Thundershirt comes in only 7; the Anxiety Wrap can also be custom-sized for extra tiny and extra large dogs. another feature that makes the original Anxiety Wrap a superior product is the amount and location of the velcro closures. The Thundershirt has a lot more velcro and it is located near the dog’s face, which is a drawback for sound-sensitive dogs, which includes almost all dogs with anxiety, whether they have thunderstorm phobia or not. For more information about the Anxiety Wrap and how it compares to the Thundershirt, see this article: http://anxietywrapsays.blogspot.com/2012/02/comparison-of-anxiety-wrap-thundershirt.html
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