*CLOSED :))* THUNDERSHIRT GIVEAWAY! :) – Tips for Dogs who get Anxiety from Thunder & Fireworks

If you have a dog, there is probably a good chance that they may become distressed and scared during a thunderstorm or when they hear fireworks. I manage a Facebook group for people who have Belgian Shepherds (ilovemybelgianshepherd.com), and we had a great discussion about it and there were some really great suggestions! Some had mentioned that their dogs had no issue with thunder or fireworks, while others said their poor dogs became completely distraught. There is no one solution to helping this situation, as all doggies are different, but I thought it was worth listing some of the suggestions in case some of them could help your dog(s) in the future. No one wants their fur babies to be sad. Look at this little face:

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Tips for Dogs who get Anxiety from Thunder & Fireworks

  • Adaptil Diffuser plug-in (one vial lasts 1 month and whole unit needs to be replaced after 5 months). I’ve heard this referred to as the “Dog Appeasing Pheromone”.

  • Thundershirt (They make these for cats too! 🙂 Thundershirt has done scientific research to backup their product. It involved a yearly study with over 2,000 dogs. You can take a look at this here.

  • Flower Essence – This is a natural method of soothing dogs (and humans). They have a very informative FAQ page. Something to note is that they say it isn’t possible to take too much/overdose on their product. “…the Bach Flower Remedies are very helpful to aid pets overcome difficult times. The Bach Flower Remedies have been very successful in calming hyperactive dogs, fearful cats, trips to the vet, moving, fear of thunder, newly arrived puppies or kittens and many other pet emotions.”
  • Not acknowledging the Storm/Fireworks/Cause of anxiety – Some people have noted that they don’t acknowledge a storm/fireworks and just go about their normal activities and it helps to reassure their dog that everything is ok. This may be difficult to do if you see that your dog is unhappy, but if may be worth trying. Your dog might get more upset if you make a big deal about it by trying to comfort them.
  • TTouch body wrap – I’ve only just heard about this from one of the people in my dog Facebook group, but it seems to work similar to the Thundershirt, except you are using a wrap (like an MMA hand wrap kind of thing!) around the body of your dog.

“Body Wraps are an amazing tool in the use of many Behavioral and Health problems such as balance, focus, hyper-excitability, nervousness, fear of thunderstorms and many more. Essentially, they are elastic bandages, which are wrapped around the body of an animal that acts to calm a bit like a swaddling blanket on a baby.” – Ttouch Body wrap

I’ve never had a Giveaway for dogs before, so this is exciting! If you have a dog(s) who suffer from anxiety and/or stress due to any number of things, such as storms, fireworks, car rides etc… then the Thundershirt might do wonders for them! 🙂 Read the info below on how to be eligible and how to enter!

Rules, Info & How to Enter

  1. Open to those living in the US and in Canada only. (Sorry to those living outside those areas! I try to make giveaways worldwide when possible.)
  2. If you win, you have 5 days to respond with your mailing address or I’ll have to draw another winner. I will announce the winner on the Facebook page.
  3. I’ll find the winner through a random integer generator.
  4. How to Enter: There are 2 quick steps in entering: 1. Please leave a comment on this post saying that you’d like to enter this contest (In the name field, please write your first name and the first letter of your last name and include your email in the email field (don’t worry, your email will be hidden except from me, who will only use it to let you know if you’ve won. :)). 2. Please like or subscribe to either our: Facebook page or Youtube page. Facebook is the first place I go to announce new posts, videos, giveaways, prizes etc! There are also Facebook exclusive giveaways, so it’s worth checking out. 🙂
  5. Contest ends on Thursday Feb. 12th at 10 EST / 12 AST. I’ll announce the winner that same day through email and Facebook.

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That’s it! 😀 I wish everyone could win! (Cheesy, but true).

xox –Clare

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71 comments

  1. heeeey clare bear
    little levi rat dog would (L) this. hes actually diagnosed with anexity

  2. I’ve been wanting to try this with Toby as he gets anxious when we leave him and sometimes on car rides, but I have not had the money to buy one. Crossing my fingers!

  3. I would like to enter this contest!

  4. Oh my little guy needs this. He has severe separation anxiety, scratching the door until his nails bleed. We have tried EVERYTHING, but this…..

  5. Thank you for the giveaway, I’d love to enter it. My dog is very anxious and this would be perfect for her.

  6. I’d like to enter this contest.

  7. I have a dog who doesn’t like fireworks. I have seen other dogs with thunder shirts and they seem to work very well. I would love to get him to the point where I could bring him to party’s but we will see.

  8. I’d like to enter. Thanks!

  9. This would be great for our dog.

  10. Thanks for the giveaway. Would like to be entered in the drawing. Thanks!

  11. I would like to enter the contest.

  12. Annette Abrahamson

    Thank you for the giveaway

  13. PUGGIE could use this for the 4th of July! Instead of celebrating, he’s under the bed.

  14. I think my puggie would benefit from this so I love to enter thanks.

  15. I would like to enter this contest. Like you on FB. Thank you!

  16. I want to enter the contest

  17. My little rat terrier is always so anxious, this would be perfect for him. I would like to enter this contest.

  18. My little pup would love this, thank you for the chance to win

  19. my pup is terrified of thunder–he needs this!

  20. I’ve been wanting to try one of these for my incredibly anxious dog too.

  21. Our Yorkie Muffy just goes and cowers in the bathroom if there are any weather systems around us. We feel so bad for her so would like to try this.

  22. I would love to enter this contest! My beagle would love it too, especially come spring time out here in West Virginia!

  23. It’s not a stage, obviously, so this is the next step for Zed. His eyes says it all

  24. I would love to be entered in this giveaway! And I follow on Facebook

  25. my dog is always nervous im really into trying this.

  26. My YorkiePoo Cubby suffers from anxiety. I got him when he was eight months old and he’s now 3 years old. The family who had him sold him because “Mom” was in a wheelchair and “Dad” said children could not take care of him. His birth date is 12/01 and poor baby was living here in Ohio in cold garage. He also had a limp and they told me that the wheelchair had run over his leg and broke it. I had him checked by a Vet. when I had him neutered soon after getting him and it showed the break that had grown back crooked because he had not been taken to the Vet. There is nothing they can do now. I don’t know if he was mistreated besides the neglect or not but know he jumps at everything. At least now, he is safe, loved, and kept very warm snuggled up to me. Thank you for your giveaway and yes, I’d like to enter this. Debra G.

  27. I would like to enter. I follow on facebook Aarone Mawdsley

  28. I would like to enter this contest.

  29. Thanks for the giveaway. Would like to be entered in the drawing. Thanks!

  30. Thanks for the great giveaway! Following on FB – Holly Wright

  31. I have a friend whose dog is terrified of storms. I’d love to get this for him.

  32. I think my dog would really benefit from this, she has a lot of anxiety in general. I would like to enter!

  33. I would love one of the thunder shirts for our great dane, Maggie. She gets so terribly scared of noises that she tries to hide under the bed, in corners, anywhere she feels safe. We have to give her benadryl when there are fireworks on holidays. I’ve heard great things about the thunder shirt.

  34. I would like to enter the contest. Thank you for the opportunity.

  35. This would be a great idea for us.

  36. My dog is terrified of thunderstorms, I wonder if this would help him.

  37. I would love to win this for my high anxiety Golden. I follow on FB – Jennifer Ann Hayden

  38. Id love thsi for my little Bella Boo shitzu
    followed on FB as well and liked !

  39. I subscribed to youtube. I would love this for our dog who can have separation anxiety.

  40. I would like to enter this giveaway. Cherie V
    Like both facebook and youtube.

  41. Oops typo – Entering again to correct Last name initial typo. I would like to enter this giveaway. Thank you

  42. I’ll love to enter this giveaway please. My poor dog needs it badly. thanks!

  43. Brenda Lacourciere

    Brenda L. I want to enter. thanks.

  44. I would like to enter. I have five dogs who are not afraid of noises but my friend’s kids’ dog is very nervous and could benefit.

  45. My neighbor boards dogs, and this could be very useful. Thanks

  46. want to enter

  47. I would love to win this! My little Griffin would love it too!

  48. I need one of these for my dog Baster, who is scared of storms & fireworks.

  49. I would like to enter this contest. I have a big baby here.

  50. This would be great for my older dog.

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