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  • June is National Pet Preparedness Month!

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    With many parts of the nation already devastated by harmful wildfires in Southern California and flooding and tornadoes throughout Arkansas, Alabama, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Iowa and Louisiana, June marks National Pet Preparedness Month. We want you to use National Pet Preparedness Month as a positive reminder to proactively make preparations for your pets should they encounter a natural disaster.

    Remembering to include your pet in disaster plans can reduce potential dangers for the pets themselves, pet owners and first responders. Like humans, our pets can become even more stressed or anxious at the onset of a severe weather event, which is why keeping pets calm during the evacuation process is a crucial component to pet disaster preparedness. Not only does a calm pet make for a smoother evacuation, but it also minimizes the chance for your pet to be left behind or lost during a disaster.

    Here are some tips to keep in mind when preparing for a possible severe weather event.

    o   Be sure your pets have a permanent pet ID such as a microchip to help locate them in case they become lost.

    o   Try to keep a pet as calm as possible during a severe weather event. Use a ThunderShirt, keep their favorite toy around and try not to overexcite them.

    o   Make a disaster kit with extra pet food, litter, water and accessories (toys, dog bed) to have in case you are left home with no power, or are forced to evacuate your home.

    o   Keep photographs, medications and medical records for each pet stored in sealed/waterproof plastic bags (and cloud back up if applicable) to bring with you in the wake of a disaster for locating purposes.

    o   Find out ahead of time if the evacuation destination is pet-friendly. If not, make arrangements for a place to take pets if a disaster hits.

    o   Make sure that your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations. If a pet needs to be boarded, kennels typically require proof of current vaccinations.

    o   Assign a back up caretaker (such as a neighbor or nearby friend) who is comfortable taking the pet should you not be able to return home during a disaster.

    Stay safe friends!

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  • So… you know where to go… but how are you going to get your dog there? Tips for car travel with your dog.

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    While bringing your pet along on your family vacation can be a wonderful way to include your pet in on the family fun. It’s important to know that pets do not travel the same way we do. Many times, long rides in the car, unfamiliar locations and new surroundings can contribute to pet anxiety. ThunderWorks wants to remind you that while it may be fun for the pet owner to have their buddy by their side as they embark on new adventures, there are a few things to keep in mind when traveling with your pet.

     

    Make them comfortable.

    o   Be sure your pet has enough room in the car so they aren’t squished. For added comfort and calming, make sure you have a ThunderShirt with you for the car ride and spray their shirt or a blanket from home with ThunderSpray for additional calming.

    Make more frequent pit stops.

    o   Dogs might not be able to hell you when they have to “go” be aware that they often need to eliminate more frequently and account for the time you’ll need to stop, walk and use the bathroom. We recommend using the ThunderLeash in case added restraint is needed in a new surrounding. (You also won’t have to pack a harness!)

    If your dog is extremely anxious in the car.

    o   Consider using a ThunderCap. This helps reduce some of the visual stimulation that a pet experiences, which helps them in stressful situations. Also, consider a distraction toy, to help your dog focus on something else, rather than the car!

    Most important… BE SAFE!

    o   It’s a lot safer for everyone if your dog is securely fastened or confined during car trips. A large dog in your lap or a small one bouncing around the accelerator pedal can be distracting and dangerous—and should you have an accident, your unrestrained dog might be thrown about the cab. Popular options for safe dog travel include dog seat belts, crates and car barriers. If you use a seat belt, be sure to put your dog in the backseat. When riding in the front, dogs can be injured or even killed if you have an accident and an airbag deploys.

    o   Don’t forget to microchip your dog before leaving home, and attach an ID tag with your cell phone number to his collar. If you’re traveling to multiple places during your trip and you don’t have a cell phone, you can buy inexpensive temporary ID tags to use along the way.

    o   Never leave your dog in a hot or cold car unattended. Doing so isn’t just uncomfortable for your dog—it can be life threatening.

    o   Identify emergency animal clinics close to locations you plan to visit during your trip. This is an especially important precaution if your dog is enjoying his golden years.

  • Hop In! 5 Fun pet-friendly vacation destinations!

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    Summer is coming! Do you have any trips planned? Well, if you are looking for some places where you can bring the WHOLE family… including your dog. Look no further!

    Here are 5 pet-friendly destinations throughout the United States where you can hit the road, get out of town and most of all… have a great time!

    San Diego, California
    The warm Californian climate makes this a year-round animal playground, and there’s a wonderful selection of both pet-friendly and off-leash beaches. The Otay Ranch Town Shopping Center has an off-leash park as part of this sprawling facility, making this a one-stop entertainment center for both pets and their people. A pet sitting service is provided at $5 an hour so that pet parents can enjoy a meal in one of numerous eateries. Seaside La Jolla boasts a selection of pet-friendly restaurants such as the Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar on Prospect Street that offers great sea views from its outdoor patio. In addition, your dog may enjoy a kayaking excursion around La Jolla Bay — although pet life jackets are provided, dogs should be good swimmers. (via)

    Austin, Texas

    When you’re ready to leave the mountain life behind, it’s time to take your dog on an urban adventure. In Austin, you and your dog can travel most anywhere together. Most retail establishments have adopted a dog friendly attitude as long as the dogs are well-behaved and friendly. Most restaurants in Austin follow a similar mindset and allow for your furry friend to hang out on the patio as you take in the sights as well as the food of the thriving city.

    When the cityscape begins to become overwhelming for either you or your dog, Austin also offers over 15 off leash dog parks to take your pooch to unwind and socialize. It is very important on a trip like this to observe your dog’s emotions and take care of their instinctual needs. (via)

    Portland, Oregon.
    Traveling and touring can be thirsty work. The Lucky Labrador Brewing Company is a great place for both beer and man’s best friends. The brews with dog-inspired names cater for all tastes. Looking for a little perk-me-up? The Iron Mutt Coffee Company will ensure that you get a great caffeine fix while your pooch enjoys fresh eats and a complimentary biscuit. The Portland Saturday Market located under the Burnside Bridge between S.W. Naito Parkway and S.W. 1st Ave. offers an eclectic mix of merchandise and is a great place to stroll and shop. There’s no shortage of off-leash dog parks in the city — be sure to visit the Hoyt Arboretum on S.W. Fairview Boulevard. that offers canine visitors more than 185 acres of greenery to enjoy. (via)

    Key West, Florida.

    This beautiful beach town is the perfect spot if you love great food, great music, nightlife and relaxing by the water. Key West is also a great place for pets because they have a huge dog beach, a dog park and even dog kayaking and pet-friendly eco charters! Plus, there are many great places to stay and eat that are very pet-friendly. One of the most popular pet-friendly hotels is the Sheraton Suites on South Roosevelt Blvd. This hotel is located right across the street from Smather's beach so you can take a stroll with your pup. In addition, the hotel has a lagoon-style pool and a restaurant and bar. There is no pet fee and two dogs under 80 pounds are welcome. Rates start at $139 a night. Another popular place to stay is the Banana Bay Resort and Marina. This adults-only hotel also does not charge a fee for pets and they are very negotiable on the number and size of pets that can stay. The hotel has a private swimming beach, hot tubs and free breakfast. Rates start at $149 a night. (via)

    Lake Placid, New York.

    Combining luxury with rustic Adirondack comfort, Lake Placid Lodge's dog-friendly cabins feature lake and mountain views and large, wood-burning fireplaces where your pup is sure to enjoy lounging in a lodge-provided pet bed while snacking on homemade treats. The grounds include pet-friendly lakes and trails, and if staff is available you're welcome to leave your pooch at the front desk while you enjoy dinner in the main lodge. Cabins start at $500, and the lodge charges $75 per night for one dog, or $250 per night for two.

    While you're out on the town, pick up some goodies at Jake Placid Doghouse, which offers premium treats, organic foods and unique toys and apparel. Then stop by the Bluesberry Bakery for some human treats like a spinach and feta croissant or the chocolate torte. Spot is welcome to join you at the outdoor table. To work off those snacks, head to Mirror Lake for a 2.7-mile walk around the lake, and if the weather's right, take a dip at the dog-friendly sandy beach.(via)

  • Hey you pet moms!

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    Looking to spend some quality time with your pooch? Well, we are offering up some fun ideas and activities that you and your fur babies can do this Mother’s Day… or any day!

    Take a nice walk!

    Sure, any day is good for a walk, but maybe you can reserve Mother’s Day for that special hike you’ve wanted to try! Another fun idea might be to see if there are any nearby farmers markets in your area that you and your furry buddy can explore!

    Enjoy brunch together!

    It’s more and more common for most restaurants to be pet-friendly as long as your dog is well behaved and leashed. You might want to make a reservation and give the restaurant a head’s up that you’ll be bringing your dog, but what sounds better than some delicious food and your lovable pet by your side?!

    Make a card!

    Are you sending a card to your mom? Why not let the dog send one too?! Make sure you are using pet-friendly (non-toxic) paint and send a “Pawsomely personal” card from your pup!

    Spend time with other dog moms!

    Do you have friends who also own dogs? Consider hosting a “Bow Wow Brunch” for both dogs and dog mommies! You can serve both human and doggie delights and let everyone enjoy each other’s company!

     

    We wish all of those human and pet mom’s a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  • Product Spotlight: ThunderLeash!

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    Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to get out there and walk with your dog!

    However, for many dogs, pulling can be a MAJOR issue.  Thankfully we’ve developed the ThunderLeash, an easy 2-in-1 solution to your dogs pulling problems!

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    Simply put, The ThunderLeash is the simplest “no pull” solution for your dog. Finally, pet parents can enjoy a hassle free walk with overexcited dogs without the need for complicated harnesses or head collars, making the experience more positive for everyone. We worked with some of the best dog trainers to develop the ThunderLeash which can be used as a standard leash (hooked to a dog’s collar) OR can be quickly and easily converted to a “no pull” harness configuration any time pulling becomes an issue. All you have to do is simply wrap the leash around your dog’s torso and allow the safe pressure caused by their pulling reduce their desire to pull. There’s no standard harness required, making this design very quick and easy to put on and take off your dog. The ThunderLeash is available in two sizes, small and large, and retails for $29.95.

  • An Easter Egg Hunt for your Pet? Here’s how!

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    Remember hunting for Easter eggs when you were little? Crawling around the backyard or living room, checking under tables and in bushes?

    For the once-prolific Easter egg hunter, it can be a bit of a bummer to outgrow the tradition.

    Well we’ve got just the thing—why not set up an Easter egg hunt for your dog? Watch them roam and sniff, and happily snap up the prizes! They’ll know the day is something special, even if they can’t quite tell what all the pastel colors and bunny-shaped decorations are all about.

    Safety First

    Plastic Easter eggs can crack in a dog’s mouth if they chomp on them to get to a treat, and can cause cuts or get stuck in their throat. Place your dog’s treats inside dog-friendly toys—some are designed with hidey holes for treats—or just leave the treats au natural in the grass. Your dog will enjoy hunting for them either way!

    Chocolate is toxic to dogs, so don’t offer them any chocolate Easter treats, no matter how festive they may be. Peanut butter and sweet potato flavored treats can be something new and exciting.

    Step 1: Select the “Eggs”

    Pick out a few treats for your dog to find. You can fill some specially-designed toys with treats, or just leave the treats by themselves. For one dog, depending on the size of the treat you’re using, around 5-7 treats will be enough. You don’t want your pet becoming sick from eating too much rich food too fast, and you certainly won’t want to take some of their hard-found treats away once they’ve sniffed them out.

    If you want the game to go on longer, take a few of your dog’s favorite toys and put just a dab of treat paste or peanut butter on them. That’ll limit the snack food your dog is getting, while still allowing for lots of searching fun.

    Step 2: Count Them, Then Hide Them

    You’ll want to count the treats so you know how many there are and if they’ve all been found by the end of the game. Leaving a doggie treat outside might just mean a fun snack for Fido later, but it could also attract unwanted critters, as could a treat left hidden behind the curtain in the living room.

    Hide the treats in places low to the ground or on the ground—you don’t want to encourage your dog to start jumping or climbing in search of food. You also probably don’t want to place the treats inside something your dog will have to tip over or knock open, as this can encourage such behaviors when it’s not game-time. Just placing the “eggs” under a bush works great, as does behind a couch leg. Your dog will be thrilled to get the treat.

    Step 3: Let Your Dog Go for It!

    Now it’s time for the hunt! If you’re setting up your hunt in a park instead of your own house or backyard, keep your dog on a leash, but let them lead you as they sniff out the treats.

    Here’s wishing you and your dog a happy Easter and a happy egg hunt!

    Adapted via PetCareRX

  • National Stress Awareness Month, a Good Reminder For Pets Too!

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    -ThunderWorks reminds all pet parents to look for signs and solutions to pet anxiety and stress-

    The month of April marks Stress Awareness Month; a day that promotes the awareness of modern stress challenges and helps individuals find solutions to battle their stress.  Stress affects everyone and what people may not know is that stress also affects our pets. A recent survey reported that more than 29 percent of dogs suffer from fear and anxiety, which is why we here at ThunderWorks, the makers of are encouraging all pet owners to recognize and find solutions for stress and in their pets.

    Here’s some tips to help pet parents recognize and treat potentially stressful or anxious pets:

    • Pay attention to possible stress/anxiety triggers: If you notice your pet’s behavior changing, try and identify what the outside influencers may be. The most common anxiety triggers include: thunderstorms; loud noises; larger, unfamiliar crowds; travel and separation.
    • Weather and storm-related anxiety can cause pets to shake, shiver, bark and become irritable. One solution is the ThunderShirt, which applies a gentle constant pressure to a pet’s body, similar to the feeling of a hug, The added gentle pressure provides a simple and safe solution to calm your dog, naturally.  Additionally you can provide a more calming sensory experience for your dog with the ThunderSpray, which can be sprayed onto the ThunderShirt to and uses calms scents and pheromones to ease a pet’s anxiety.
    • If your pet is experiencing crowd or noise anxiety, set aside a place in your house where they can go to feel comfortable and quiet, bring their favorite toy or consider a ThunderToy and ThunderTreat for added distraction.
    • If your pet becomes stressed or unruly during public walks, a harness such as the ThunderLeash will help give constant gentle feedback to calm them down.
    • Signs of travel anxiety include carsickness, barking, whining, pacing, scratching and restlessness. Many dogs become dangers to themselves and others by jumping on the driver or otherwise distracting concentration from the road. Using the ThunderShirt prior to car entry can help combat a pet’s erratic behavior, even for short car rides.
    • Behaviors such as chewing, indoor elimination and defecation commonly alight with separation anxiety. While separation is an unavoidable reality for most households with pets, ThunderShirt provides an all natural, calming solution with no training needed.
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  • April Showers? How About a FREE ThunderCoat?

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    That’s right! This month, a few of our lucky fans and followers will win a ThunderCoat, perfect for spring storms!

    How to enter:

    Simply leave a comment on our Facebook page; blog or twitter and a winner will be randomly selected.

    It’s as easy as that!

    Need some convincing? Well check out the details of the AMAZING ThunderCoat below- it’s so versatile and useful… your dog absolutely needs one!

    ThunderCoat is designed to be safe to leave on for extended periods of time when appropriate for the situation or issue. When properly sized and properly put on with a comfortably snug fit, your dog should be very comfortable. If your dog will be wearing a ThunderCoat for more than two hours at a time, we recommend removing ThunderCoat every one to two hours during the initial periods to check for any signs of irritation points. Irritation points are very rare, but it is best to be cautious.

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