Using Pressure to Treat Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

What Is Dog Separation Anxiety?

Leaving your dog or puppy home alone is never easy, but for many dogs, separation from their families can cause severe anxiety and real problems. Veterinarians and trainers call this condition “dog separation anxiety.” Based on our survey of over 2,000 dog owners in the United States, over 13% of all dogs suffer from separation anxiety. And the consequences can be severe for your dog, your family and your property.

Symptoms of Separation Anxiety In Dogs

According to our surveys and other sources (such as the ASPCA), separation anxiety affects older dogs and puppies alike, and can include a wide variety of symptoms such as indoor urination, defecation, destruction of furniture, barking, howling, chewing, digging, escape attempts and other anxious behaviors. Some dogs express it as restlessness, an attempt to keep you from leaving, or the appearance of general depression. It’s heartbreaking to know that your dog is suffering while you are away, but separation is an unavoidable reality for most families. Thankfully, there are solutions to try.

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Stories From Dogs With Separation Anxiety

“We found Popeye running down the street in our new neighborhood and took him in as a foster until he can be adopted out. It became apparent that he suffers from extreme separation anxiety. He destroyed blinds, doors, baseboards and walls. He has managed to escape from every crate we tried, hurting himself in the process. His anxiety quickly transferred to the rest of my family, never knowing what we were coming home to was taking its toll. We tried herbal remedies, Prozac, sedatives, diet changes, distractions, kongs, TV’s and training – nothing worked! Then we invested a measly $40 in the ThunderShirt and our entire lives have changed. The difference in his demeanor was immediate. We can now leave our house in peace knowing that it will look the same when we get back. Even more importantly, Popeye is set up for success when we manage to find him a lucky forever family.”

Owner: Leanna T. Arizona
From: Dog Owner
Issue(s): Separation Anxiety

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Treating Dog Separation Anxiety With ThunderShirt

The ThunderShirt is the easiest, safest solution to try for your dog’s separation anxiety. ThunderShirt works by applying a gentle, calming pressure around your dog’s torso. It’s like a “hug” and relaxes most dogs. We developed the ThunderShirt initially to treat dogs who were dangerously terrified of thunderstorms, but we’ve seen tremendous success for separation anxiety. We’ve helped many thousands of dogs to cope with their families being away with a very high success rate. Simply wearing a ThunderShirt helps most dogs to reduce or eliminate any anxiety. It really can be that simple.

The Easy, Natural Dog Anxiety Solution -- No Training Needed

Unlike with medications, your dog will not be sedated or risk unwanted side effects, and you won’t be making frequent vet visits for expensive prescription refills. With a ThunderShirt, just put it on and you likely will come home to a happier, calmer dog. Whether you have a rescue dog, a shelter dog, or a new puppy, ThunderShirt can really work to improve their lives, and yours. Read more about how ThunderShirt works or order yours now with free shipping.