Monthly Archives: November 2009

  • Excessive Dog Barking? Thundershirt Can Help!

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    Word has spread about Thundershirt's effectiveness in treating dogs experiencing anxiety from noise, travelling, separation, and other sources - but did you know the same relaxing effect can also significantly reduce your dog's problem barking?

    Check out this video, where guests come to visit a home with a cute, but rather talkative pup:

    We'll be posting more videos like this from our customers showing just how well the Thundershirt is the easiest and safest solution for barking.

    Shocks, sprays, and other negative reinforcements not only can feel cruel, but may even worsen your dog's barking or be the source of deeper anxieties.   The logical answer is the Thundershirt - which applies a gentle, equal, calming pressure.  With the safe, easy tranquility the Thundershirt offers, it's no wonder your dog's barks will become more sparse - and it also won't affect your dog permanently and remove instances of useful barking,  such as those to signal of an actual problem.
    For more information, check out our dogs and barking page.

  • Thundershirts are Big Hit with Dog Trainers at the 2009 APDT Conference; Not Just for Anxiety!

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    Thundershirt Company recently attended a terrific dog trainers conference in Oakland, California in October. The APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) is the leading trainers group in the world with thousands of members. And with their strong emphasis on positive training techniques, Thundershirt's gentle approach to treating anxiety is a perfect fit.   Over 250 trainers are now using Thundershirts with their clients and the feedback has been terrific.

    A presentation at the conference by Jenn Merritt, CPDT, focused on how Thundershirt is a terrific tool in the training environment.  Thundershirt's calming effects help dogs to focus and more quickly learn new DESIRED behaviors.

  • Separation Anxiety Dogs Treated With Thundershirt

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    Of course your dog always wants you around, and misses you when you leave the house for work or a night out; but for some dogs, this regular scenario becomes amplified into a fully symptomatic separation anxiety.

    According to the United States Human Society:

    It's important to realize...that the destruction and house soiling that often occur with separation anxiety are not the dog's attempt to punish or seek revenge on his owner for leaving him alone. In reality, they are actually part of a panic response.dog-separation-anxiety

    This is why, they go on to say, punishing the dog or trying to train it out of him is usually ineffective.  It's not a behavior needing negative reinforcement, so much as it is an actual panic condition in the dog.  So, what can be done?  The article on the Humane Society Page has some useful advice, but having been written in 2002, we'd like to think they'd now have included the Thundershirt, as a safe, drug-free, and inexpensive treatment for dog separation anxiety.

    A few dog owners on our Facebook page have been asking about using Thundershirt as a Separation Anxiety treatment.    We strongly recommend trying it and have many customers reporting terrific results.   For some dogs, Thundershirt's calming effects may be enough to control the symptoms.  For others, we recommend including Thundershirt as part of a training program.

    My Yorkie, Rufus, would be so keyed up with separation anxiety that he would then suffer from serious diarrhea.   After thorough vet examination found no medical issues, so my veterinarian suggested that this must be separation anxiety.  We inherited him 8 months ago after the passing of a parent who was with him all the time.  Anyway, I put the Thundershirt on him in the morning at 6 AM when I leave the house - and he rests peacefully with no panting, shaking, pacing or panicking.  At noon when the dog walker comes, she removes it.  She takes him for  a walk and around 4pm when I come home, Rufus is a happy calm dog.

    - M.M.         Baltimore, MD

    And also:

    My vet recommended that we try Thundershirt for our Cocker Spaniel.  He was having seizures everyday from separation anxiety and medications were not helping enough.   Thundershirt has decreased his seizures considerably.

    ~AT, Rock Hill, SC

    We'll be putting up a lot more information about using Thundershirt for Separation Anxiety soon, but for now, here's a link to our testimonials page.   For more information about dog separation anxiety, here's an article on the Humane Society's site.

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    Does your dog suffer from Separation Anxiety?   Have you tried the Thundershirt or other methods?  Leave us a comment, and help other dog owners with this problem as well.

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