One of the most common questions that we get here at Thunderdogs Malaysia is "When should I put the Thundershirt on my dog?".
The Thundershirt can generally be put on your dog anytime she shows any form of anxiety:
Ø Crate Anxiety
Ø General Fearfulness
Ø Excitability & Leash Pulling
For most dogs, the Thundershirt will help reduce, if not eliminate, their anxieties completely from the first use.
It is recommended that the Thundershirt be put on at least 15-30 minutes prior to an event which causes your dog to be anxious. This helps keep your dog calm before the event and prevents your dog from getting into a severely anxious state which causes your dog, and you, a lot of unnecessary stress.
For example, for thunderstorm anxiety, put the Thundershirt on as soon as you see the first signs of a storm approaching - slightly darker skies, a faraway rumble. Do not wait for the storm to begin! However, you should still see significant results even if you put the Thundershirt on after the storm has started.
If you are going out, and do not know whether or not there will be a storm later in the day, leave your dog in the Thundershirt before you go out...
A second example, for separation anxiety, put the Thundershirt on well before you leave the house. This will put your dog in a calmer state of mind before you and to prevent your dog from associating the Thundershirt with you leaving!
For dogs with severe anxiety issues however, the Thundershirt may have to be used as part of a behaviour modification programme. Please refer to our Training Programme section for additional information.
Additionally, we also recommend that you put the Thundershirt on dogs with severe or multiple anxiety issues 24/7 for at least a week or two. It is also highly recommended that you let your dog sleep in their Thundershirt.
We are of the opinion that the Thundershirt promotes better sleep for your dog which in turn means that they would be calmer during the day. Gradually reduce the amount of time that your dog wears the Thundershirt as she improves.
The Thundershirt can also be used to help comfort dogs that are sick or recovering from an illness or surgery. Thunderdogs Malaysia has used the Thundershirt on some of our rescued dogs that were terribly sick and we are happy to report that they recovered much quicker than anticipated by the vets.
Please do email us or leave a comment on this page if you have any further questions regarding the Thundershirt and how to use it. We hope that this post has been helpful to all of you and your dogs.