What is a Dog Anxiety Coat? How do anti anxiety dog coats actually work? Answers to these dog anxiety coat questions may vary slightly depending on the type of coat you buy and the claims made by the manufacturers. There are a number of brands available online and their main purpose is to help with your dogs anxiety issues.
What is a Dog Anti Anxiety Coat?
A dog anxiety coat is a wrap around coat designed for dogs. They are generally made from durable fabrics which are hard wearing and are kept on your dog by ties, buckles or Velcro.
Velcro fastening is considered to be the best option for most dogs, however if your dog is very clever and is likely to try and remove the coat, then ties or buckle fastening may be more appropriate for your dog.
The biggest seller and the most popular anti anxiety dog coat is the ThunderShirt.
How do Anti Anxiety Coats Work?
Anti anxiety dog coats manage specific anxiety responses in dogs and are most useful when your dog panics or becomes distressed when unusual noises or situations occur. They place gentle and consistent pressure across the upper part of your dogs body calming the central nervous system.
Dogs will generally calm down when being petted by their owner or other family member because when we pet our dogs we are gentle stroking and applying gentle rhythmic pressure to the upper side of the torso (back area). This creates a stimuli to the nervous system resulting in the dog feeling calmer, safe, secure and cared for.
The use of an anti anxiety dog coat simulates gentle petting and has the added benefit of being across the dogs whole upper body at the same time giving your dog the sensation of an all over body hug.
When you should use an Anti Anxiety Dog Coat?
You would use an dog anxiety coat in any situation where your dog become anxious or over excited. They are designed to be easily fitted to your dog and are usually effective immediately.
The most common use is for travel in cars and when storms hit. Many dogs can become extremely distressed when a thunder storm is approaching. Because dog hearing is very acute, they can hear and sense thunderstorms long before their owners do.
Other times you might use a dog anxiety coat is when there are unusual circumstances like when attending a fireworks display or when you take your dog to a place where there is a lot of unusual noise or more people than they are used to.
Some dog owners will even put an anti anxiety coat on their dog for visits to the park if their dog seems nervous in open areas away from home.
Do Dogs like wearing an Anti Anxiety Coat?
Most dogs quiet like wearing an anti anxiety coat because it make them feel calm and warm. In my experience, my dog really likes his anti anxiety coat and will even get it out of the cupboard some evenings and bring it into me to put it on him.
Cautions for using a Dog Anxiety Coat.
Never put the coat on too tightly, it should be comfortable for your dog. If your dog seems to laboring to breath or is not moving freely, the coat is on too tight.
Some dogs will seem a bit too relaxed or floppy the first time you put on the coat, if this happens remove the coat and reapply it a little more loosely.
In extreme heat conditions it would be advisable to only apply the coat for short periods of time and constantly check your dog for signs of over heating.
Supply plenty of water and if your dog is panting a lot then take the coat off periodically to allow your dog to cool down.
How to put the Anti Anxiety Coat on your dog.
See in this short 15 second video to see exactly how to put on a dog anxiety coat.
To see more videos about the great results you can get with the thunder shirt visit our article titled “Thunder Shirt for Dogs“. For more information on other dog anxiety treatments visit Dog Anxiety Treatment page. We hope you have enjoyed our article about the Dog Anxiety Coat.