What does a stressed dog do?
The signs of stress are varied. Some of them are obvious: shaking during a storm, hiding during ﬁreworks, destroying the house when left alone. Some are not-at-all obvious and often misunderstood. Did you know that yawning, lip-licking and even tail-wagging are common signs of stress too?
When should I use ThunderShirt?
The jacket can be used daily on any type of dog. Try it first when your dog is happy to build a positive association from the start. If you know a stressful event is happening, put it on just before its starts.
How does ThunderShirt work?
ThunderShirt exerts a gentle and constant pressure on the body of your pet, it helps calm your dog, like swadding soothes a baby. This calming pressure is helpful for over 80% of pets*.
*2011 ThunderShirt® Dog Anxiety Survey.
What training is required for using ThunderShirt?
There is no specific training but be sure to place the jacket following the instructions.
How long can I leave ThunderShirt on my dog?
Most people say that their dogs really enjoy wearing their ThunderShirts and they are safe to leave on for extended periods of time depending on the issue. But, please note! We recommend removing ThunderShirt every one to two hours the ﬁrst few times to be sure everything is ﬁtting correctly and your pet is happy. Irritation or other issues are very rare, but it’s always best to be cautious. AND, always remove ThunderShirt at least twice a day if using for extended periods.
What if ThunderShirt isn’t working for my dog?
We stand behind our product! ThunderShirt is a terrific solution for most dogs suffering from stress. Many owners see the benefits for their dog being calmer with the very first use. With others, it may take two or three usages of ThunderShirt to see results.
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What if I see signs of discomfort or irritation with my dog when wearing ThunderShirt?
When sized and put on properly, your dog should be very comfortable wearing ThunderShirt. Problems are very rare, but if you see any signs of skin irritation or physical discomfort, please discontinue use and contact us.
How should I clean ThunderShirt?
ThunderShirt is made with durable, washable fabric. It may be washed on a regular cold wash cycle. Make sure all of the hook and loop fasteners are connected to avoid the risk that they grab other fabrics in the wash. Hang to dry.
Is overheating a concern when using ThunderShirt?
Except in extreme conditions (32°C in the sun), overheating is not typically a concern when using ThunderShirt. Dogs cool themselves primarily through their mouths and paws, and a ThunderShirt is constructed of a thin, breathable fabric.
Are there any special sizing and ﬁt considerations for male dogs?
When ﬁtting ThunderShirt on a male dog, the straps that go around the stomach area should not cover or push on the genitals. If the ThunderShirt rubs against the genitals, irritation may result. If you see any indications of this, remove the ThunderShirt immediately. Try a smaller size or contact us for other suggestions.
What can I do for an even calmer dog?
You can try combining your ThunderShirt and ADAPTIL Travel Spray. Simply spray the ADAPTIL Spray on the ThunderPatch on your ThunderShirt 15 minutes before you put ThunderShirt on your dog.