Hi everyone! I hope you're all having an awesome day! Today I have a review for you! Recently we were given the opportunity to try out The Anxiety Wrap by the Company of Animals. If you've visited us before you might remember that Zoe has a terrible noise phobia. It started the year we got her with the 4th of July and has progressively gotten worse from there. Sometimes even our neighbors banging around upstairs can cause her to get upset and she will also get upset over me doing laundry. The spin cycle with the washer shaking freaks her out. We've tried all sorts of calming aids before and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. It just depends on the severity of the noise. I really like the idea of the Anxiety Wrap and I've heard that it works wonders for some dogs.
How The Anxiety Wrap Works:A Therapeutic Hug - The Anxiety Wrap® uses acupressure and gentle, constant, maintained pressure to relieve stress and end or lessen fears in dogs.
The Anxiety Wrap works in two ways:
1) maintained pressure, and 2) pressure applied to acupressure points in the neck, chest, shoulders, belly, mid-section and rear legs.
The Anxiety Wrap has rear leg straps that create rear-end awareness to target pressure points in the hindquarters where dogs often hold tension. The straps are adjustable and removable.
The Anxiety Wrap is made of a stretchy, thin, breathable fabric. It contains elasticized elements which apply pressure to acupressure points and allow the fit to be customized to each individual dog. Velcro closures are located on the aspect of the garment that lies over the dog's back.
Nicole Cottam and Dr. Nicholas Dodman of the prestigious Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine conducted a Clinical Research Study with dogs who suffered from thunderstorm fear. The Anxiety Wrap® was found to be 89% effective and deemed a “safe and effective treatment for canine thunderstorm phobia.”
The anxiety wrap was really easy to figure out and put on. I also like how light weight it is. The fabric is really flexible and Zoe seems comfortable wearing it. I only wish that it came in more colors other than black. Black is not a very good color for wearing out into the sun. I had a little bit of trouble with the sizing, though the girls are hard to fit. I ordered a medium but it was too big for Zoe so I would recommend ordering one size smaller than what you think you'll need. The shirt is supposed to work by applying gentle pressure to the dog's body and if it's too big it won't work the way it's supposed to. We exchanged ours for a small and it works a lot better. I also ended up removing the back leg straps because they were bothering her.
We received another item from the Company of Animals for review that is also made by the same company as the Anxiety Wrap. We got an item called "Quiet Dog". I didn't know I was getting this but I'm going to show it to you anyways.
What is Quiet Dog?
The Quiet Dog™ is a simple to use face wrap which is designed to help relieve anxious barking. The patented design uses two techniques: acupressure and maintained pressure to gently relieve anxiety and help stop the urge to bark. When used in conjunction with the Anxiety Wrap®, it can help provide a greater calming effect. Non-restrictive, gentle and effective - Quiet Dog™, is ‘the gentle shush’, the perfect solution for anxious barking.
Reviews are always honest and I would have to say that I probably wouldn't use this on my dogs in any situation other than training where I am asking them to put up with something and not worry about it. Just like we do with our muzzle training because I feel that all dogs should learn to wear a muzzle and to not fear or worry about it. You never know when you might need to muzzle your dog, if they are hurt they might bite. Or a vet might need to muzzle your dog for a procedure and it's better and less stressful if they are already conditioned to wearing one.
I did put the Quiet Dog on both of my dogs for photos and cued them to bark. They were both able to easily bark, eat treats and drink water. Just like it says on the packaging, the product is non-restrictive. I think it could be useful for certain dogs in specific situations and only used for a very limited time (a few minutes at most) but the owner would really need to work with their dog to get them used to wearing it.
I would never leave a dog unattended with this on!
Does your dog have any phobias? Have you ever tried an anxiety wrap on your dog? Did you find that it was helpful? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
I hope everyone finds my review on the anxiety wrap helpful and be sure to get yours before the 4th of July! You want to get them used to wearing it before the big bangs happen.
ZoePhee was given an Anxiety Wrap and Quiet Dog in exchange for an honest review. We were not monetarily compensated and as always reviews are 100% honest. ZoePhee only shares information that we feel is relevant to our readers. The Company of Animals and Anxiety Wrap are not responsible for the content of this blog post.