Canine thunderstorm phobia is a condition characterised by extreme panic. Although there are many efficacious medicinal therapies, not all owners want to rely on medications alone. In a recent issue of The Journal of Veterinary Behaviour a research paper was published by a team at Tufts University which demonstrated a clear significant effect of The Anxiety Wrap (Animals Plus LLC, Huntington, IN). After 5 uses of the Anxiety Wrap 89% of owners reported that it was atleast partially effective in treating their dogs. 80% of owners reported that they would continue to use the Anxiety Wrap. Since this report was published there have been anecdotal reports that the Anxiety Wrap has uses in other forms of situational anxiety.
When using any product we must always be careful to differentiate between calmness and learned helplessness. The phenomenon of learned helplessness occurs when an animal is forced to be exposed to an uncontrollable situation, where no changes in its behaviour effect a change in the environment. This means that if the dog really didn’t like the sensation of the wrap yet nothing it did could change the fact that it was wearing it, it potentially could shut down and become apathetic (emotionless).
Carful introduction of the Anxiety Wrap in a positive way will ensure all associations trigger positive emotional outcomes. More details about The Anxiety Wrap can be found at www.anxietywrap.com