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  • “Sir, yes sir!” Introducing the new CAMO ThunderShirt!!!!!

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    Camo Polo ThunderShirt

    We’ve changed things up once again and are proud to introduce the latest ThunderShirt style, The CAMO ThunderShirt!  Your dog will look rugged and tough in no time, when he or she is sporting our latest design. And, while your dog may look ready for combat on the outside, you’ll still have the satisfaction of knowing he or she is keeping calm and relaxed with the ThunderShirt technology you know and trust.

    To order for the adventurous dog in your life, visit www.ThunderShirt.Com!

  • Detecting and Coping With Stress

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    Sandy and dog

    Today we have a special guest blogger! Take it away Sandy!

    April is National Stress Awareness Month. And its not only people who suffer from stress, cats and dogs do too.

    While your pet’s personality plays an important role in how they react to different situations. Some pets get destructive chewing things around the house, others make themselves physically ill and even pull their hair out. So it’s really important to be in tune with your favorite canine or feline so that you can pick up on the situation and rectify things as soon as possible.

    Here are some typical signs of stress in dogs:

    • Excessive barking both inside and outside the home
    • Accidents around the house
    • Sudden displays or growing, snarling and even biting family members that your dog is normally affectionate towards
    • Physical signs of illness such as vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, skin allergies, excessive licking and pulling out clumps of fur.
    • Destructive behavior such as chewing furniture and other items in the home.

    The causes of stress are varied too. Many dogs get stressed when left home alone for long hours and anxiety builds until you get back home. A new home or changes in the existing environment can also be triggers. So can a new baby or a new pet.

    Cats also don’t all show the same signs of stress. And because many felines often hide or sleep out of sight, it can be more difficult to detect stress and increased levels of anxiety. Sometimes the level of stress is gradual so it’s important to be vigilant of your pet at all times.

    In fact, all kinds of typical everyday activities can stress felines such as:

    •  Loud music played constantly
    •  New furniture
    • Repairs and maintenance being done around the house
    • A barking dog or new pets
    • New family members and even visitors
    • A change of food or litter type
    • A dirty litter box is a very common contributing factor too. Cats are very clean animals by nature.
    • Visits to the vet’s office

    As with dogs, signs of stress in cats can include hiding for long periods, excessive grooming and chasing the tail, loss of appetite, vomit and diarrhea. Your veterinarian should check anything that you consider abnormal.

    A ThunderShirt for either your dog or your cat can help reduce anxiety levels. The garment works on the principle mothers use to swaddle and comfort children. Pheromone sprays such as the ThunderSpray mimics a mother’s natural pheromones and has a soothing calming effect. Such a product can be used in conjunction with a garment, or sprayed around the home as well as in travel carriers.

    When it comes to dogs, ensuring that your daily routine remains constant can help a lot. And if you have to move, once you are settled, it’s important to establish that routine once more. Dogs also have a denning instinct and having a crate and crate training your pooch will give her a safe place to hang out. Be sure she has a nice cuddly blanket and her favorite toys inside too.

    Because cats are such stoic creatures its really important to ascertain the real cause of the stress and anxiety. Some cats simply don't get along with other cats in a multi-cat household and need to have their own space within the household to relax and feel at home. Illness and abuse can trigger stress too.

    Try and prepare your feline for any major changes in a household such as a new baby. It’s really important that they have their own space and privacy within a home to escape normal household activities especially if there are young children. It's a good idea to increase the vertical space in your home too with fabulous decorative cat trees and kitty condos. Engage them in regular playtime and give them puzzle feeders to keep them busy. Dogs love puzzle feeders and puzzle toys too.

    And its important to remember that dogs and cats arte not really party animals. So if you are having a large crowd over, confine them to a part of the home where they will not be disturbed during the festivities. And put on that ThunderShirt!

  • 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.

    Want in on the action?!

    Make sure you follow ThunderWorks on

     

    Facebook: facebook.com/Thundershirt

    Twitter: @Thundershirt

    Instagram: @ThunderWorks

    Pinterest: pinterest.com/Thundershirt

    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

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