If you’re a pet parent whose fur baby deals with anxiety on the regular, ThunderShirt can help. ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure hugs your pet’s chest, making them feel safe, calm, and like everything’s going to be okay. Whether you’re thinking about buying a ThunderShirt, or you’ve already got one, we’ve got some tips to help make sure your pet reaches maximum calm.
Tip #1: The Calm Before the Storm
Putting a ThunderShirt on is simple and quick to do, but it always helps to practice a few times in a comfortable, familiar setting when your pet is calm. This also gives your pet a chance to get used to ThunderShirt’s gentle pressure in a safe-feeling environment.
Expert tip: Not sure if you’ve got it on right? Send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org for help with the fit.
Tip #2: Positive Vibes
It’s a good idea to build positive associations with the ThunderShirt so they know it means love and snuggles whenever they see it. We have a couple of tricks you can try to help with that. First, try putting the ThunderShirt in your laundry basket for a day or two so it really absorbs your scent, and smells familiar to your pet. They’ll immediately feel more comfortable with the new sensations. Second, when you first show the ThunderShirt to your pet, use it like a “plate” for some of her favorite treats. Pets are more likely to love anything that brings them food! If your pet is especially sensitive or anxious, you might repeat this introduction a few times on consecutive days before you even try putting the ThunderShirt on your pet.
Tip #3: A New Sensation
For some pets, the gentle hug from the ThunderShirt might be a new sensation. Some may look like they’re “frozen” or a little stuck at first. That’s completely normal and safe. To get them moving, try playing tug-of-war, tossing a ball, or anything else your pup enjoys doing. Almost all pets quickly learn to love them. Many people have even told us stories about how their pets go and get their ThunderShirt and take it to their owners whenever a storm is coming!
Tip #4: Fresh and Fabulous
When it is time to clean your ThunderShirt, just toss it in the washing machine with cold water and hang to dry.
Expert tip: To keep the hook-and-loop fasteners from attaching to other items in the wash, fasten each of the straps and flaps similar to when the ThunderShirt is on your pet.
For more tips and information on using your ThunderShirt, visit our FAQ page.