Tips and Tools to Help Your Pet Keep Calm All Summer Long

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Summer can be a super fun time for families with pets but it can also be stressful for the fur kids. There’s more travel than usual, more thunderstorms, more parties, gatherings and crowds…not to mention the fireworks!

There’s almost nothing worse than the feeling of helplessness when your dog is stressed or scared. All we pet parents want to do is make it better. I know, because Daisy is an anxious dog…I figure it has to do with being abandoned and having experienced life in an overcrowded shelter before we adopted her but you just never know!

Luckily there are several things you can do to help keep your pets more relaxed even during all the excitement of summer. An obvious first step is to NOT put them in situations where they will get frightened, which is why we would NEVER take Daisy with us to go see fireworks. It’s just not fair to put our pets through that or risk them getting lost or hurt if they bolt and run away.

There are some times when summer pet stress can’t be avoided. Summer vacation travel if you want to take your pet, and noisy thunderstorms are two examples. For times like these, there’s a line of products that we use and recommend to our pals and readers: it’s the stuff from ThunderWorks. They’re the company that makes the ThunderShirt calming wrap for dogs, which you’ve probably heard about, plus a bunch of other great calming aids you might not yet be familiar with.

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Summer Calming Aids for Dogs & Cats:

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the products we suggest trying for any pet that needs a little all-natural comfort or help alleviating anxiety during summer travel, noisy storms, and other stressful times:

  • ThunderShirts for Dogs & Cat: ThunderShirt uses gentle hugging to calm your dog or cat. With its patented design, ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs and cats if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand of their customers, over 80% of dogs and cats show significant improvement in symptoms when using ThunderShirt.
  • ThunderSpray for Dogs & Cats: ThunderSpray mimics a mother’s natural pheromones and provides the soothing fragrances of lavender and chamomile. Suggested uses: Vet visits, crating, car travel, fear of thunder, pet and owner separation, reactivity to other animals or people, general fearfulness and many other issues.
  • ThunderLeash for Dogs: Help make walking your dog a hassle free, positive experience for both you and your dog. Dog harnesses can be great tools for many dogs, but not everyone wants to make the effort to get one onto their dog or to have extra stuff to carry around. ThunderLeash is the perfect combination of simplicity and functionality. For those times you just need a standard leash for a quick walk or for times when your dog is well behaved, simply connect the ThunderLeash to your dog’s collar just like any other leash. But for times when pulling might be a problem, simply wrap ThunderLeash around your dog’s torso and slide it into the harness slot. Now whenever your dog pulls a mild pressure is applied to his torso and the pulling will quickly cease.
  • ThunderToys & ThunderTreats for Dogs: ThunderToy is the perfect stuffable chew toy for calming and distraction. The ThunderToy was specifically designed to be stuffed with the ThunderTreat, a treat with calming properties, and together they can keep your dog calm and happily occupied for up to an hour. The ThunderToy comes packaged with a free 4oz bag of ThunderTreats.

Find these and more great calming aids and anxiety products for dogs and cats on sale at Amazon.com. ThunderWorks products are also available at Petco.com, through PetSmart.com and many local retailers. They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and great customer support!

Give Your Pet The Gift of Well-Being With Calming Aids for Dogs & Cats

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Whether your pet struggles with anxiety all year long or is usually calm and laid back, the holidays can create extra stresses for both pets and people. Daisy is a somewhat anxious dog…I figure it has to do with being abandoned and having experienced life in an overcrowded shelter before we adopted her but you just never know!

One line of products that we use and recommend to our pals and readers is the stuff from ThunderWorks. They’re the company that makes the ThunderShirt calming wrap for dogs, which you’ve probably heard about, plus a bunch of other great calming aids you might now be familiar with. In addition to being a thoughtful gift for any fur kid on your own list, these items also make a much needed and greatly appreciated donation item for your local pet rescue group or shelter!

pet calming aids

Calming Aids for Dogs & Cats:

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the products we think make a terrific gift for any pet that needs a little all-natural comfort or help alleviating anxiety during holiday travel, stressful times or all year round:

  • ThunderShirts for Dogs & Cat: ThunderShirt uses gentle hugging to calm your dog or cat. With its patented design, ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs and cats if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand of their customers, over 80% of dogs and cats show significant improvement in symptoms when using ThunderShirt.
  • ThunderSpray for Dogs & Cats: ThunderSpray mimics a mother’s natural pheromones and provides the soothing fragrances of lavender and chamomile.Suggested uses: Vet visits, crating, car travel, fear of thunder, pet and owner separation, reactivity to other animals or people, general fearfulness and many other issues.
  • ThunderLeash for Dogs: Help make walking your dog a hassle free, positive experience for both you and your dog. Dog harnesses can be great tools for many dogs, but not everyone wants to make the effort to get one onto their dog or to have extra stuff to carry around. ThunderLeash is the perfect combination of simplicity and functionality. For those times you just need a standard leash for a quick walk or for times when your dog is well behaved, simply connect the ThunderLeash to your dog’s collar just like any other leash. But for times when pulling might be a problem, simply wrap ThunderLeash around your dog’s torso and slide it into the harness slot. Now whenever your dog pulls a mild pressure is applied to his torso and the pulling will quickly cease.
  • ThunderToys & ThunderTreats for Dogs: ThunderToy is the perfect stuffable chew toy for calming and distraction. The ThunderToy was specifically designed to be stuffed with the ThunderTreat, a treat with calming properties, and together they can keep your dog calm and happily occupied for up to an hour. The ThunderToy comes packaged with a free 4oz bag of ThunderTreats.

Find these and more great calming aid gift ideas for dogs and cats on sale at Amazon.com. ThunderWorks products are also available at Petco.com, through PetSmart.com and many local retailers. They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and great customer support!

HappyTails Canine Spa: Sparkle & Shine Shampoo and Sleepytime Tonic {Product Review}

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HappyTails Canine Spa

Daisy and I were recently introduced to a pawsome line of natural grooming and wellness products from HappyTails Canine Spa, and are super-excited to tell you about it! HappyTails creates eco-friendly spa, grooming and wellness products that are all-natural, and cruelty free.

We were invited to try out two products from the HappyTails Spa line: Sparkle & Shine Shampoo and Sleepytime Tonic. Both of these items were personally selected by the spa experts at HappyTails, to address Daisy’s individual grooming and wellness needs:

Sparkle and Shine Shampoo

The first spa product we tried was Sparkle & Shine Shampoo, designed especially for light-colored dogs whose coats need brightening. Daisy was snow-white when we adopted her as a puppy, but over time her coat has dulled and I’d describe her more as “off white” these days. We’ve also been using medicated shampoo most of the time because she tends to have skin issues, but that often makes her fur a little coarse and in need of some special attention.

Daisy Sparkle & Shine Spa Shampoo

Sparkle & Shine contains pearlescent brighteners plus all-natural emollients including flax seed, yogurt and honey that combine to enhance the natural luminescence and silky texture of a dog’s fur, and to soothe and heal irritated skin. This shampoo is very gently (important with Daisy’s sensitive skin), and contains no SLS or Parabens. We also love that it is a tearless and easy-rinse formula! And did I mention that it smells GREAT, too!?! As you can see, Daisy thoroughly enjoyed her spa shampoo and bubble bath!

Yay for bath time!

Sleepytime Tonic

The second product we tried was Sleepytime Tonic. Daisy can sometimes be anxious and get overly excited so the good folks at HappyTails recommended this to calm and relax her. Not a sedative, Sleepytime is an herbal relaxation tonic made from natural ingredients, including Bach Flower Extracts, that helps dogs to feel more calm and less anxious. It’s really easy to use and comes with a plastic dropper. You just put a few drops in your dog’s mouth or on a treat.You can use it before trips to groomer, vet, fireworks, thunderstorms, travel and car rides. Daisy actually gets very nervous before bath time so we gave her some before her spa bath and it seemed to relax her and make it a more pleasant experience than usual. It sure helped since I needed her to stay still so I could get some photos of her in the tub, too!

HappyTails Spa Giveaway Event May 15-29th

As a reader and fan of Woof Woof Mama and Daisy, you will have the chance to WIN these 2 great products along with LOTS MORE during a HUGE Giveaway event sponsored by HappyTails Canine Spa, May 15th-29th! Be sure to mark your calendar and tell your friends because there will be over 65 bloggers participating, so that means prizes galore! While you are anxiously awaiting the start of this event, be sure to drop by HappyTails Canine Spa and find out about all of their terrific spa and wellness products for dogs!

Disclosure: We were provided with products to use so that we could tell you about our experiences with them. We were not compensated and all opinions are our own. Posts on this blog may contain affiliate links.

Note: I am only sharing my own experiences and opinions about these products. I do not make health claims nor give medical advice of any kind. It is necessary for you to speak with your dog’s veterinarian or behavioral health professional regarding any specific conditions or products as they relate to your dog(s).