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  • Pet Anxiety can get Messy… Yes, we’re talking indoor elimination.

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    Indoor elimination is a pitfall of pet ownership that can cause extreme aggravation and become costly. In fact, according to the American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, more than 20 percent of dog owners named paper training and toilet habits as a number one drawback to owning a dog. Despite strict housebreaking training methods and punishments, determining the cause of indoor elimination can be a struggle.

    What pet owners may not know is that pet “accidents” are many times results of anxiety…not poor training. Indoor elimination can be a telltale sign that a pet might be stressed or troubled. Anxiety can be detrimental to a pet’s overall health and wellbeing and ultimately leads to negative behaviors, such as peeing or pooping indoors. By calming a dog’s anxiety, negative behaviors including indoor elimination can be combatted effectively.

    At ThunderWorks, we know that anxiety caused by meeting new animals or people or anxiety caused from separation from an owner can cause dogs to eliminate indoors. It can be a frustrating occurrence for pet owners and even happen the most well-trained of dogs, simply because they are feeling uneasy or stressed. Luckily, we offer a variety of products that will not only calm your anxious pup… but hopefully prevent accidents in the future!

    Curious about which products might be best to treat your dog? Visit www.ThunderWorks.com to see what would work for you!

    We recommend the ThunderShirt and the ThunderSpray.

  • It's March and we're going MAD!!!

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    Talk about spring fever! We at ThunderWorks are going MAD this March and giving away products to our faithful followers all month.

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    And be on the lookout for mad giveaways, discounts and contests!!!!

  • Cats, sometimes they just need to RELAX!

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    Do you have a cat that gets scared or spooked easily? Sometimes it seems like the smallest of things can cause our kitties to take fright! Most commonly, this can occur when it’s time to take your cat to the vet!

    That’s where the ThunderShirt for cats can REALLY help!

    ThunderShirts for Cats is great for vet visits, car travel, grooming, general fearfulness, litter box “problems”, separation anxiety and much more! It works by, applying a gentle, constant pressure that calms cats when anxious or fearful.

    Check out this video to see what veterinarians have to say about ThunderShirt for Cats…

    For more information, click HERE.

  • “My dog won’t stop barking!!!!”…. It could be anxiety.

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    As one of the most reported noise complaints in neighborhoods throughout the United States, excessive barking can take a frustrating and problematic toll on dog owners. From costly fines, police warnings and dealing with irritated neighbors, to risking potential revocation of a pet, this negative behavior poses a serious threat to the overall well-being of pets nationwide. Excessive barking is more than just a nuisance; it can be a sign that a pet is unhappy, unhealthy and should be attended to immediately.

    Pinpointing the exact cause of excessive barking can be difficult to identify. Many blame poor training, hunger and boredom. But, what pet owners may not know is that barking, along with a myriad of other negative dog behaviors, is commonly rooted in anxiety and stress. By treating the anxiety and stress, a calmer dog will exhibit fewer symptoms of anxiety.

    At ThunderWorks, we know that excessive barking can result from a dog’s separation anxiety from their owner, fear of strangers and more. And, that’s exactly why it’s our mission to make products that treat and calm dogs.  By treating the anxiety, the negative behaviors that occur are reduced.

    Curious about which products might be best to treat your dog? Visit www.ThunderWorks.com to see what would work for you!

  • Presidential Pups!

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    In honor of the upcoming presidential holiday, we thought we’d share some fun info about some of the most famous “First Dogs” that have called the White House their home!

    President Herbert Hoover and his Belgian Shepherd, King Tut!

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    President Kennedy and his whole family with a brood of dogs! (Clipper, Charlie, Wolf, Shannon, and two puppies!)

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    President, Ronald Regan getting some puppy love from his Bouvier des Flandres, Lucky!

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    President George W. Bush and his doggie duo, Barney and Beazley!

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    And, how can we not feature the current “First Dogs” President Obama’s Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny!

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    Who is your favorite presidential dog? Comment below!

  • PIN with us!

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    Here at ThunderWorks, we’ve been having a blast sharing our pins with you, and repining our friend’s favorite posts too! We invite you to join us, share your favorite ThunderShirt, Pet Product, Event and more images with us!

    Find us and please follow us here:

    http://www.pinterest.com/thundershirt/

    Can’t wait to share with you on Pinterest!

  • A Rescue Dog With a Heart of Gold

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    Who doesn’t love a ‘feel-good’ story every now and then? And, this one is definitely worth sharing. We came across this article in the Huffington Post and just HAD to share this inspiring story from one inspiring dog, Stella!

    In March, a team from the Humane Society of the United States rescued more than 60 dogs from an alleged puppy mill in Sampson County, N.C., according to the Public News Service. One of those dogs immediately stood out.

    A pup named Stella had missing teeth, flea dirt and other obvious signs of neglect -- but, after warming up to her rescuers, she was friendly as could be.

    "She almost attacks you with affection," rescuer Ashley Mauceri says in the video above. "Her demeanor was so happy despite all of the issues that she had going on."

    Stella has now found a forever home with Joy Walker, who works for CareFirst Animal Hospital, according to the Humane Society.

    "Stella just grabbed me with the tongue, the face, and now has a loving, loving home," Walker says. "And [she's] a diva."

    Stella's story is being shared to encourage others to help animals in similar situations.

    To see a video of this story. Click Here

  • Better together- 6 famous dog and cat duos

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    What’s better than seeing our beloved dogs and cats as best friends! Whether they are from our favorite movies or have become internet sensations, we thought we share our six favorite famous dog and cat duos!

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    1.  Milo and Otis

    Who can forget these two best friends, which consisted of an orange tabby and an adorable pug! And, how can we not call out their amazing adventures which included floating down a river in a box, fighting off bears and settling down to build their own families.

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    2.  Shadow, Sassy and Chance

    Ok, this one is technically a trio! But in the movie, Homeward Bound, The Incredible journey the bond made by these three as they set out on a quest to find their family in San Francisco is unforgettable!

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    3.  Kooky the Cat and Gracie the dog

    If there's ever any debate over whether animals understand what has happened when another animal dies, there can be little argument, when photos like this occur.

    Kooky the cat and Gracie the dog have apparently not slept side by side before, but their playmate and partner in crime Mauja the dog had to be put down.

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    4.  Specter the Cat and Daria the Dog

    Specter the cat is a lover. He adores all furry animals. Darla the pup doesn’t know how to react to all the love and affection from her purry friend, but she knows they will be best friends for life. Via

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    5.  Scollie and Mickey

    In an LA Times story, a reader submitted this photo of Scollie and Mickey circulated quickly in the pet community. According to their owner they  "were both adopted strays ... became the best of friends, and respected each other's space," he says. "Many years later they're probably romping together in animal heaven ..." Amen to that! Via

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    6.  This gray cat and German shepherd.

    When we came across this article on Buzzfeed… needless to say our hearts melted when we saw the interactions of this adorable pair

  • What’s making your cat anxious?

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    So, maybe you’ve noticed your cat’s behavior has changed or they are acting out. This could be a sign of anxiety, which occurs more frequently in cats than we may think. Here is a brief outline of what some common symptoms and causes of anxiety are and what you can to treat them.

    The symptoms.

    While with any animal the symptoms of anxiety will vary. Here are some of the most common:

    • Spraying (even in neuters)
    • Inappropriate elimination
    • Pacing back and forth at perimeters of fences
    • Loss of appetite
    • Pulling out of fur
    • Trembling
    • Excessive meowing
    • Hiding from the world, under beds, behind curtains etc.
    • Physical symptoms and illness – some illnesses and disorders (such as acne) have been associated with stress. Stress can also be a response to physical illness, so it is most important to check with your vet to rule out a medical condition

    If you are noticing these symptoms in your cat, it may be a result of one of the following:

    • Overcrowding in multi-cat households
    • Moving
    • Travel
    • New family member (human or animal)
    • Parties/visitors
    • Medical conditions/injury
    • Confinement
    • New cat in the neighborhood
    • Change of any kind

    Cats differ in their responses to stress. Some may take on major changes without any signs or symptoms, while others may fall apart at the slightest change. To treat anxious cats, we first recommend talking to your veterinarian. In addition to conditioning your cat to become more used to their surroundings (which sometimes just takes time), we also recommend the ThunderShirt for Cats. The ThunderShirt for Cats applies a gentle constant pressure, like a hug, around a cat’s body- making them feel safer, calmer and more relaxed. For more information about the ThunderShirt for cats, visit www.ThunderWorks.com.

  • New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Pet

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    Making a commitment toward healthier habits can also reflect directly on your pets! So what better a time than the beginning of the year to commit to improving the life of both you and your furry loved one! Looking for some ideas for ways to resolve to be healthier and better for 2014? Look no further! We’ve compiled some great New Year’s resolutions to consider!

    1. Enjoy more walks

    We all know that the physical benefits from increased activity are great for both us and for Fido. But, walking is also an amazing way to reduce stress, establish a routine with your pet and can even ward off potential health problems down the road. Try to commit to even just 10-15 each day.

    2. Make friends!

    For humans, interacting with others stimulates serotonin production in the brain, which improves the mood and lowers stress. Dogs also experience positive benefits from socializing with other dogs. Making play dates or just hitting up the dog park is a great way for the both of you to lighten your mood and for your pup to learn proper socialization behavior.

    3. Eat healthy!

    Ok, we know that this is usually on the list for most people after the holidays, but making a commitment to fill your diet with nutrient-dense foods is a great way to prevent illness and disease and promote your overall quality of life. This goes for our pets too! Consult with your veterinarian about what types of nutrients and proteins will be the healthiest for your dog.

    4. Work on training

    The more trained your dog is, the closer and less stressful the relationship that you share will be. Consider a training class or make it a goal to attack any negative behaviors that they may be displaying. Also take note! Many negative behaviors are rooted in anxiety. ThunderWorks offers a large variety of calming products to assist in anxiety in your pets.

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