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Thundershirt is the best solution for dog anxiety. Thundershirt has helped tens of thousands of dogs and is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and trainers worldwide. Used as part of a behavior modification program, Thundershirt is an excellent tool for bringing calm and focus back to dogs that suffer from anxiety, fearfulness or over-excitement.
As for WHY Thundershirts gentle pressure works to calm a dog, experts such as Dr. Temple Grandin believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years.
With its patent-pending design, Thundershirts gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using Thundershirt. Thundershirt is already helping tens of thousands of dogs around the world, and is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers.
Thundershirt is made with durable, washable fabric. Thundershirt may be washed in a regular cycle using laundry detergent and warm water. Hang to dry.
To remove excess hair from the Thundershirt's Velcro closures, we recommend using a standard dog grooming slicker brush.
Thundershirt comes in seven different sizes XX-Large, X-Large, Large, Medium, Small, X-Small, and XX-Small. See the table to find the right size for your dog. Like people, dogs come in many different shapes and sizes, so if your dog has unusual proportions, you may need to go up or down a size versus the "standard" measurements. But the Thundershirt is designed to be very adjustable to accommodate different dog shapes and still be easy to put on.
Thundershirt is designed to be safe to leave on your dog for extended periods of time when appropriate for the situation or issue that you are addressing. Thundershirt is made out of light-weight, breathable fabric, so over-heating is very rarely an issue. It is typically safe to leave a dog unsupervised while wearing a Thundershirt.
Except in extreme conditions (e.g. 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the sun), overheating is not typically a concern when using a Thundershirt. Dogs cool themselves primarily through their mouths and paws, and a Thundershirt is constructed of a thin, breathable fabric. But if you feel that overheating might be a problem for your particular circumstance, please monitor your dog for any signs of overheating such as heavy panting or tongue hanging out of the mouth. Remove the Thundershirt if you see any signs of overheating.