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  • 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.
  • 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.

  • “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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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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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