The Anxiety Wrap® pressure wrap uses Acupressure and gentle, constant pressure (called "Maintained Pressure") to relieve stress and end/lessen fears in dogs. Created in 2001, it was the first of its kind on the market and invented the category of Pressure Wraps.
The Anxiety Wrap® pressure wrap mainly alleviates/lessens five major conditions:
These conditions are the root of many unwanted behaviors in dogs.
And because The Anxiety Wrap® pressure wrap can alleviate/lessen the basic, core condition, there are many unwanted behaviors that can end or lessen such as:
- Thunderstorm fear
- Leash pulling
- Separation anxiety
- Fear of other dogs
- Constant barking
- Fear of people
- Unwanted jumping
- Travel anxiety
- Other noise phobias
- Fireworks fear
- Car sickness
- Destructive chewing
- Fear biting
- Dog/Cat aggression
Available in size Toy to XX Large.
- Toy fits 5 - 7 lbs
- Toy Plus fits 8 - 11 lbs
- Mini fits 12 - 16 lbs
- Mini Plus fits 17 - 20 lbs
- XX Small fits 21 - 25 lbs
- X Small fits 26 - 30 lbs
- Small fits 31 - 40 lbs
- Medium fits 41 - 58 lbs
- Large fits 59 - 85 lbs
- X Large fits 86 - 95 lbs
- XX Large fits 96 lbs and up
Thunder or storm phobia is a fairly common affliction among dogs. But what do we do about it? Sadly, there are no cures for storm phobia…however, it can be managed. It takes time, patience, and even some medications in more severe cases.
Here's a method to try
Firstly, we need to pay attention to the weather forecaster in order to make some of the techniques effective we need to be ahead of the storm.
One of the first tools I recommend is an anti anxiety wrap. Any tool we use must be associated with positive feelings. We should put the shirt on when the weather is calm and no storm is on the horizon. Why? Dogs associate things. A = B. Therefore, we can’t wait until the dog is anxious and fearful to apply the shirt. If so, they will associate it with the feelings they are having at that moment. We put the shirt on while they are happy and feeling good so that this is the positive association they will have with the shirt. The pressure of the shirt makes your dog feel less anxious and more at ease. The shirt itself should be wide and sturdy in the straps that wrap around the chest and abdomen area. It should fit snuggly without being tight. My recommendation is “The Anxiety Wrap” .
One of the most important components of helping our dogs through this extremely troubling problem is not to console them or give them affection while they are feeling fearful and anxious. (I know, this is difficult and totally not human.) But we have to learn to see things from our dogs point of view. Any time you give love and affection to your dog, you are rewarding and reinforcing the feelings they are having at that very moment. If you have a human child you would of course reassure them, but our dogs are not human. Try and be as calm and collected as possible. Dogs simply just don’t operate the same way. The best advice I can give to how the owner should react to the storm, is to pretend you love the storms. If you are tense and nervous, your dog will pick up on your energy. So, enjoy Mothers Nature’s noise.
For dogs with more severe reactions to storms, medications can be very helpful. I do recommend speaking with your dog’s veterinarian. I have found that the combination of Acepromizine and Xanax work fairly well. Acepromizine, however, should not be used alone. It incapacitates the body, but does not relieve any anxiety. This is where the Xanax comes in because it is a true anti-anxiety medication. It is crucial to get the medications on board before the storms arrive–and preferably before the air pressure begins to drop because this is when many dogs begin to react. Extremely fearful feelings will override medications if not already in the system. Acepromizine is longer acting than Xanax, so remember to ask your veterinarian about how often you can dose the Xanax.
Lastly, if your dog just wants to cave somewhere this is okay. This is what they would do in nature if they were to experience this type of phobia. Just be close by and be the calm in the storm.
This information was referenced from Angie Woods Pet Psychology Blog. She has super information and we highly recommend her.
Dogs are social creatures and can over-attach to a pet parent or canine housemate and become habituated to continual contact.
When left alone these dogs may experience what is akin to a panic attack in humans.
A well-structured change in routine may break the cycle of anxiety if practiced carefully and consistently.
- Sleep alone. If you sleep with your dog in your bed — stop. Snuggle together in bed if you like but when it’s time to sleep, have your dog sleep in her own bed.
- Make your arrivals home boring. Deliver your greeting after your dog has calmed down.
- Stimulate your dog. Leave home alone only favorite chew items and long-lasting food toys within a “dog zone”. Provide a view of the great outdoors. Your dog could be suffering from a condition that is often mistaken for separation anxiety – boredom!
- Practice frequent separations. Start small and build confidence slowly and incrementally. Practice “sit/wait” and “down/wait” while you leave the room for just a moment. Keep your dog on the other side of a closed door inside the home for short periods each day.
- Provide a comfort item. Leave your dog with a worn article of your clothing, such as a sweaty T-shirt.
- Desensitize triggers. Turn triggers — putting on your coat, picking up a purse or briefcase, and jangling keys into neutral events for your dog by preparing to leave but don’t leave the house. In time, the triggers will lose their power to generate fear.
- Don’t punish. It won’t help but it will make an already anxiety-stricken dog even more insecure.If you continue to have troubles or if your dog has more than one of the following symptoms seek professional help from a positive reinforcement behavioral consultant: sweating or wet coat, drooling, pacing, self-mutilation, trembling, incessant barking or crying, elimination in the house even though otherwise housetrained, chewing or scratching at windows, doors or plaster boards, attempts at escape to find you, frantic greeting although you were gone for just a short while, or persistent following. Separation Anxiety disorder treatment is one of my specialties should you need extra help.
Written by Linda Michaels, “Dog Psychologist,” MA,