Independent Scientific Study Shows ThunderShirt Lowers Heart Rate of Anxious Dogs
Durham, N.C.-‐ A recent study, published by the highly-respected Journal of Veterinary Behavior, investigates the use of ThunderShirt® ( http://www.thundershirt.co.uk/ ) on heart rate and behavior in dogs diagnosed with anxiety disorder. The study, conducted by Camille Kind, Laurie Buffington, Thomas J. Smith and renowned professor and animal behavior visionary, Temple Grandin found the ThunderShirt® to be effective at lowering the heart rate of anxious dogs.
While the use of pressure has been studied in livestock animals, there has been minimal clinical research on the use of pressure to reduce anxiety and stress in canines.
“From extensive practical application, we have known pressure has a wonderful calming effect for most dogs and cats. Thundershirt® has already helped millions of dogs and cats around the world,” said Phil Blizzard, inventor of the ThunderShirt® and CEO of ThunderWorks®. “It is terrific to see independent scientific studies further supporting this approach as a safe, viable solution for anxious pets. Thundershirt® is hugely popular in the United States as an effective solution for pets with fear of fireworks. We are hoping to see more families in the United Kingdom take advantage of this for Bonfire Night celebrations. ”
The subjects included 90 dogs that have been diagnosed with Separation Anxiety or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The dogs were separated into three groups: Group 1 wore the ThunderShirt® as directed by the manufacturer per the packaging and ThunderWorks.com instructions, Group 2 wore the ThunderShirt® loosely around their body and Group 3 wore no ThunderShirt®. The average heart rate and maximum heart rate were measured at baseline and then again after 15 minutes alone in a dog kennel. Dogs were video recorded and analysis completed for twelve behaviors: pacing, panting, yawning, tongue-flicking, drooling, elimination, barking, stress whining, howling, licking, door orientation, and calmness.
After the tests were completed, it was found that the dogs in Group 1, who had worn the ThunderShirt® properly, exhibited a lowered heart rate, decreased visual orientation towards the door (looking for their owner) and trended toward reduced yawning and tongue-flicking stress behaviors than the other two groups. Future studies are planned to collect data on the effect of Thundershirt® on a dog’s behavior.
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