We’ve tapped in to our tech side and have been working long and hard to develop a new, fun app for Android and Apple users, ThunderRush! Now available for download, plus all net proceeds benefit Petsmart Charities, which supports initiatives related to helping homeless pets nationwide!
ThunderRush helps educate users about pet anxiety in a fun an interactive way! To play, gamers must help ThunderDog find his family before he is overcome with anxiety. This “running” style game features a user-controlled ThunderDog who must earn ThunderTreats and ThunderToys to calm his anxiety and make it home safely. Players must make it through different levels in a certain amount of time to advance to the next level.
The ThunderRush app can be downloaded for $0.99 at the Apple App Store and Google Play. So, get playing why don’t you!
As Thanksgiving approaches, we feel that this is a wonderful time of year to remind us of what we are thankful for and how we can give back to those who need it. ThunderWorks would like to take this time to THANK all of those who help animals in shelters day in and day out.
We understand that pet ownership is an important responsibility and that adopting a pet may not be an option, we’ve compiled some simple ways that you can still help animals in need in your area.
- Lend a hand at fundraising and outreach events hosted by your local shelter. Common activities include greeting guests, setting up and breaking down tables, etc.
- Hold a supply drive or garage sale to benefit a shelter. If your kids want to get involved, they could set up a collection box at their school or ask their friends for donations instead of birthday presents.
- Assist with adoptions. Introduce people to the animals and answer their questions about owning a pet.
- Foster a dog or cat for a week.
- Walk dogs and pet cats.
- Bathe, groom, and feed animals.
- Postage stamps. Donations of un-cancelled stamps are used to help send thank-you letters to donors, pay bills, and send grant applications.
- All-meat baby food (no onion powder). Dogs and cats can eat baby food, but check the label: onion powder can be toxic.
- Bath towels, sheets, and blankets. Worn-down towels are perfect for drying animals after their baths, lining pet cages, and providing warm and comfy bedding.
- Dye and fragrance-free detergent. Some cats and dogs are allergic to additives.
- Other useful items to consider donating to a shelter near you include:
- Paper towels
- Canned cat and dog food
- Cat carriers/dog crates
- Dog/cat toys
- Dog leashes
If you are looking for a shelter in your area, visit http://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/ for more information.
Take it away Sandy!
There’s good reason why dogs are dubbed “man’s best friend”; they love and thrive on companionship and especially enjoy the company of their favorite people.
That’s why there is always a sad look when you go out the door in the morning, leaving them home alone for a large part of their day.
To this end, behaviorists often recommend getting a pal for your pet so that they have each other for company. Getting a dog walker to come in will give some focus to your pooch’s day too and so will arranging for him to go to doggy daycare. But often such alternatives aren’t always feasible for a variety of reasons including financial considerations.
Pets left on their own can get very lonely and bored. Some even suffer from separation anxiety and stress. All this leads to a variety of behavior issues such as excessive and continual barking and clawing — the latter often being to the detriment of the front door!
Chewing is another behavior, which can result from stress and anxiety as well as boredom. Often it’s not specific to that new chew toy you just purchased but directed at furniture such as the leg of the dining room table, with the dining chairs earmarked to be tackled next! Not to mention personal effects such as clothing, socks and shoes and even the iPad that may inadvertently have been left lying around.
If you had a video cam set up, you would probably also see your dog also anxiously pacing up and down, and trembling while looking hopefully out of the window and, possibly, even eliminating on your favorite rug. And he could even start self-mutilating himself by pulling out chunks of fur and chewing himself raw in places.
It’s really important for pet parents to understand that none of these behaviors are out of defiance or naughtiness. It all comes back to boredom, loneliness and stress.
If you can’t change his environment, the answer to relieving stress and anxiety could a simple as getting him a ThunderShirt to wear while home alone.
The ThunderShirt already has a proven record dealing with weather-related issues and loud noises that scare pets such as fireworks. And, the swaddling principle upon which it is based, works very well to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety in the home environment too.
The new ThunderSpray available for both dogs and cats also has a calming effect by mimicking a canine or feline mother’s natural pheromones and also contains lavender and chamomile, which are natural calming agents. It’s a good idea to use in conjunction with the shirt by simply spraying a single burst on the neck of the shirt. It can also be used to spray inside a crate or on a dog bed (as well as in a car). The calming pheromones and fragrances will continue to release for an extended period and the liquid will dry stain-free.
Very often stress and anxiety is exacerbated by loneliness and boredom. It’s a great idea to take your dog for a really long walk in the mornings before you go off to work, so that when you do leave for the day, he’s been tired out and will be only too happy to snooze for part of the time he is home alone. But it’s equally important to see that you ensure he has toys apart from just a chew toys to keep him engaged. He may like a nice comfort toy to carry around the house and sleep with too.
There are wonderful dog puzzles available in different degrees of difficulty. It’s a really good idea to use them as a feeder instead of leaving food in a regular bowl. This way your dog will have to work for his meal and, doing so, this is a great way to occupy his time. The ThunderToy is a stuffable chew toy that can be filled with food, or yummy treats such as ThunderTreats, which fit perfectly into the toy. This is a great combo to further help calm and distract stressed or anxious dogs.
Leaving a TV on with a channel such as Animal Planet is something a lot of pets enjoy. Even a channel featuring soapies such as The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital will work because of the different voices that keep the drama going on screen and help to avoid it at home.
The number of dogs suffering from anxiety is probably higher than you think. In fact, studies have reported that more than 15 million dogs suffer from noise anxiety alone. In an effort to display this alarming information more visually, we developed this infographic that outlines the major causes of pet anxiety and how ThunderShirt has been the most popular and effective form of treatment.
Check it out and please share with your fellow dog owners!
The ThunderWorks family just got bigger! We are pleased to share the newest addition to our line of pet anxiety and calming products- the ThunderSpray for dogs and cats!
So how does it work?
ThunderSpray calms and comforts pets by mimicking a mother’s natural pheromones and is comprised of soothing fragrances of lavender and chamomile.
ThunderSpray can be used in two ways:
1: By spraying a single burst in the area where pets spend time, like a car or crate.
2: By using in conjunction with the ThunderShirt and sprayed on the neck of the ThunderShirt.
The calming pheromones and fragrances will continue to release for an extended period, and the liquid will dry stain-free. ThunderSpray is extremely easy to use and smells great!
ThunderSpray retails for $19.95 and can be purchased with free shipping HERE!
Who says Halloween treats are reserved for humans only? Here’s a simple, healthy and ThunderWorks approved treat that you can make for your dog this Halloween!!! These peanut butter dog treats provide a good source of protein for our pups and the pumpkin adds extra fiber and digestive properties to your dog’s diet!
(makes 25 treats)
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
- Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.
MMMM…. Here’s to treating (and not tricking) your furry friend!
We are thrilled to introduce the new ThunderCoat and the ThunderSweater! The ThunderCoat and ThunderSweater offer a stylish and unique clothing system that snaps onto the outside of the ThunderShirt, providing added warmth and protection from rain if needed. Both styles come with a ThunderShirt included that can be easily unsnapped and used on it’s own, without the ThunderCoat and ThunderSweater outerwear.
And just look how fashionable they are!
The ThunderCoat features a khaki trench coat styled design that is fully lined, water-resistant and has a removable hood. Perfect for owners who enjoy a daily walk with their dogs, regardless of the forecast. The ThunderCoat is available in sizes XXS-Large and retails for $69.95, and comes with a ThunderShirt included.
The ThunderSweater provides added warmth and style for dogs, ideal for colder months or prolonged time outdoors. The cable-knit sweater features a classic khaki, ash grey and heather grey color blocked style and is available in sizes XXS-XL. ThunderSweater retails for $59.95 and comes with a ThunderShirt included.
Both the ThunderCoat and ThunderSweater can be purchased at www.ThunderWorks.Com
It’s CONTEST time!! Halloween is almost here, and in addition to talking about fun and festive pet activities, we’ll also be sharing some important safety tips to keep in mind this time of year. So, help us spread the word and keep our pets safe this Halloween!
Look out for these Halloween safety images on all of our social media profiles:
Share them out with the Hashtag #ThunderTips The more places you share, the higher your chances will be to win a $100 shopping spree on ThunderWorks.com!
We’ll randomly select one winner, we’ll be following the image shares everywhere… Spooky!!
Full details here: http://get.thunderworks.com/halloweentips/
Thanks again to Sandy Robins for her guest blog post this week!
Howl’oween is the most popular event on the pet calendar. Most dogs seem to enjoy accompanying their family members to go trick and treating in the neighborhood as well as the camaraderie of taking part in a special doggie parade.
However, if your dog is a scaredy cat when it comes to all this dress-up fun and activity, it’s important take his anxiety seriously. Don’t subject him to an outfit and force him to come face to face with other dressed up dogs in the neighborhood. Rather leave him at home and put him in a ThunderShirt if you think the constant ringing of the doorbell is going to upset him too.
Multi pet households, usually means each dog has a different personality and there’s no reason for your more gregarious pooches to lose out on the fun.
If you are planning to dress up your outgoing doggie family members, be sure to purchase outfits well in advance and allow your pets to try them out at home on several occasions before the actual day. There’s no shortage of costume ideas for dogs of all shapes and sizes. And while it may be traditional to transform your pooch into pumpkin, a witch or the devil, in fact, anything goes! You can find pet costumes at just about any major retail outlet, Halloween or pet specialty store nationwide.
When selecting a costume, look for soft, lightweight fabrics and no loose ties. Avoid any ornamentation that could possibly be swallowed. If your dog simply refuses to dress up, consider painting a fun design on his fur with non-toxic pet paint that will easily wash out afterwards. www.Petpaint.com. Kids will definitely enjoy getting involved creating fun designs. You can use cookie cutters in fun shapes to hold again his fur and spray on the paint. Whatever you decide, always ensure your dog is wearing up-to-date identification tags.
When it comes to trick and treating, chocolate is highly poisonous for dogs and candy is as bad for canine teeth as it is for humans. Most doggy bakeries go to town on occasions such as Howl’oween making biscuits shaped in all sorts of appropriate festive shapes such as witches, bats and devils. So be sure to get your pet his own supply of doggie confectionary.
Dogs that like to carry things around in their mouths may even enjoy a rawhide-shaped pumpkin or cat. Don’t forget to cater for trick or treating dogs that come to your home too!
If you are taking part in a doggie parade, dress up your pooch just before the line-up, as some costumes tend to be warm. Be sure to take plenty of water along for your pet to lap up en-route. Again, double check that he’s wearing ID!
Never let children take charge of the dog on trick and treat neighborhood outings; there are far too many distractions. Holding a flashlight and a candy bag is probably all they can handle. Instead, make sure your dog is on a strong leash with an adult on the other end and don’t allow your doggie pal to accompany children right up to the front door in case the incumbent witch-dog or barking bat is not welcoming to any visiting canine on his doorstep!
Have fun and make sure your dog doesn’t eat all the treats he gets in one go!
Fall can be one of the most beautiful times of the year! With the colors changing, the school season beginning and the weather cooling off, it’s definitely one of our favorites. However, did you know that fall does present some possible dangers for our pets? We’ve compiled some tips to keep you and your dog safe and happy as we happily welcome autumn.
Keep school supplies away
For pet owning households with children in school, fall means stocking up on school supplies like markers, glue sticks, pencils and erasers. While most kid-friendly school supplies do not pose any toxic risks- it’s important to keep them out of your pet’s reach. If ingested, supplies pose choking hazards as well as risks of dangerous gastrointestinal blockages.
Ease into outdoor activity if needed
In some areas of the United States, it’s simply too hot in the summer to take your dog for runs or to endure outdoor activities for long periods of time. Now that the weather is cooler and you and your dog can enjoy more time together outside! Keep in mind that dogs, just like humans, can become out of shape and may require some initial training to get their bodies back into outdoor hiking and running shape.
Be weary of rodent traps and poisons
Autumn is generally a popular time for rodents to seek shelter in human homes, forcing many homeowners to use poisons and traps. If you must use these products, keep them as inaccessible as possible from your pets as they could cause serious physical and medical harm.
Watch out for snakes!
According to the ASPCA, autumn is the season when snakes who are preparing for hibernation may be particularly “grumpy,” increasing the possibility of severe bites to those unlucky pups who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pet owners should know what kinds of venomous snakes may be in their environment—and where these snakes are most likely to be found—so they can keep pets out of those areas.
We hope these quick tips were helpful for you and your pet and wish everyone a happy and SAFE fall!