Is your dog experiencing hyperactivity, separation anxiety, excessive barking, aggressiveness or leash pulling? If your dog’s body language is less than expectable it could be the results of a stressed out pet! According to Dr. Roger Mugford, Pet Psychologist and Founder of The Company of Animals, “Fear and anxiety are at the root of many canine behavioral problems. “ With that being said, many pet owners do not know how to calm the dog, overreact making the problem worse, and become frustrated with their canine companion. So what does the good doctor recommend? He suggests easing your dog’s qualms and fears with the holistic, light weight solution, the Anxiety Wrap – a product Tufts University has studied and quoted as being 98 percent effective!
Meet Sophie-The Barking Queen!
I have two English Labs that are as different as night and day. Both of them have completely diverse personalities displaying behavioral problems. Sophie (the female) is a gentle baby, but loves to bark around the clock! She does not like to be left alone for any amount of time and gets scared being by herself. It is not unusual for me to have to get up at 4am in the morning to ease her fears and get her to stop barking. We live in the suburbs and our neighbors can hear Sophie yapping in the wee hours. It has become a serious problem that needs to be resolved. A muzzle is way too restrictive and a shock collar is definitely out of the question, because it seems like a cruel ineffective means of trying to end unwanted barking. So when I was contacted to try the The Calming Face Wrap created by World-class Dog Trainer Susan Sharpe I jumped at the opportunity!
The Calming Face Wrap claims to end unwanted barking, whining, jumping, destructive chewing, digging, and scratching by using Acupressure and Maintained Pressure. The head halter is adjustable, easy to put on or take off with its Easy Release Clip, and made with super soft elastic. It is in no way a muzzle, is non-restrictive, and gentle when used as attended.
The first initial use was rather interesting … to put it mildly. I placed it on her as instructed in the pamphlet and she immediately tried pawing it off. She literally stuck her tongue out at me! LOL! But in a few minutes she got used to it and relaxed. The second time using it, I waited until she barked, said “QUIET” firmly. Then on the next bark I placed the wrap on her. Once she stopped barking and stayed quiet for a few seconds I took The Calming Face Wrap off again.
I have been using The Calming Face Wrap for a week to give it a good test run for this review. Did it stop Sophie’s annoying barking? Not completely, but it did lessen it to where she is much more tolerable! I think with additional use over a period of time it will calm her enough to where she feels secure and the unwanted barking will be eliminated. It is definitely worth the $14.99 investment! The face wrap comes in 5 sizes to fit dogs from 1 lb. to 150 lbs. and is available for purchase at www.anxietywrap.com or amazon.com.
Sam- Shy and Aggressive!
Sam (the male English Lab) is very shy, loving to his family members, and OVERLY AGGRESSIVE TO ANYONE ELSE. He is very insecure and needs constant positive reassurance. His behavior is exhausting! However, he is my big baby and I love him like a child. Yet, he definitely needs an attitude adjustment, because my poor neighbor cannot even walk down his driveway without Sam barking and lunging at him. Sam has met my neighbor hundreds of times over the past three years, but still feels necessary to try and protect what he feels is his territory. Now, don’t get me wrong! Not all barking should be discouraged, because my Sammy is an amazing watch dog and this is a wonderful trait. He can sense strangers who are many feet away! The problem is when he acts aggressive to people and dogs he is already associated with and can’t get passed his insecurity issues.
To help ease their various fears, the original, patented Anxiety Wrap is said to give a calming, hug-like sensation – activating and maintaining key pressure points that better enable pets to relax. I was willing to give it a chance to see is if it would work for Sam’s fear of people and other dogs.
Placing the Anxiety Wrap on Sam took getting used to, but once we got the hang of it the second time applying it was very simple. Sam is rather…well…pleasantly plump for his size, so getting the correct fit took some adjusting and a few minutes. I thought he was going to freakout on the first introductory wearing period of 40 minutes. I tried putting a sweater on him once and it did not go well! However, he actually liked the Anxiety Wrap and decided to lay down! I was very surprised at his reaction!
I can’t honestly tell you that the Anxiety Wrap has calmed his aggressiveness against people or other dogs, because there has not been any incidences lately to test it out. What I can tell you is the Anxiety Wrap has stopped him from jumping, which to me is awesome! The wrap uses the same technique as swaddling a baby and it definitely relaxed him!
If you have a dog that has thunderstorm fear, travel anxiety, hyperactivity, socialization problems, or other fear-based issues give Anxiety Wrap a try. The one-of-a-kind product starts at $39.95 and comes in 11 canine sizes – to properly fit each age and breed.
For more information and videos about the Anxiety Wrap and The Calming Face Wrap visit www.CompanyofAnimals.us. The company even offers a selection of specialty made feline Anxiety Wraps too!
Reading Your Dog’s Body Language
The biggest challenge for pet owners is being able to read their dog’s body language! Here are a few ways from The Company of Animals on how to read your dog’s body language, and interpret what they are trying to tell you.
A dog’s tail – A dog’s tail is used to communicate strong emotions, including happiness, as well as anger and agitation. To accurately get the bigger picture the dog’s wagging or tucked tail is trying to tell you, look at the rest of his body language. If his ears are pinned forward or back, or has stiffened muscles and dilated pupils, these are all signs your dog needs some space.
A dog’s ears – A dog will hold his ears naturally when he is relaxed and comfortable. When he’s alert, he’ll raise them higher on his head and direct them toward whatever is holding his interest. If his ears are pulled back slightly, it’s a signal his intention is friendly. And if your dog’s ears are completely flattened or stuck out to the sides of his head, he’s signaling that he’s frightened or feeling submissive.
A dog’s body – When your dog is scared, he does his best to look small. Often, his body looks hunched, with his tail held low or tucked between his rear legs and his ears flattened back on his skull. His muscles of his body and face will be tense and rigid. He might even cower close to the ground or try to escape.
Calming Face Wrap
“The Original Calming Face Wrap is a gentle, non-pharmacological way to lessen/end anxious, unwanted barking by affecting the sensory receptors which are especially prevalent on the dog’s muzzle area. The Original Calming Face Wrap also ends destructive digging, scratching, and licking. It’s often used in conjunction with The Anxiety Wrap for even more anxiety relief. Pet owners also find it helpful in preparing a dog for wearing any brand of head halter.”
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The Anxiety Wrap
“The Original Anxiety Wrap is the most effective way to end fear of thunder, fireworks, separation anxiety, travel anxiety, barking and much more. Using Maintained Pressure and Acupressure to relieve stress and end or lessen multiple fears and anxieties in dogs and cats worldwide. Created and patented by Susan Sharpe, CPDT KA in 2001, it was the first of its kind and invented the entire Pressure Wrap category. It’s the only patented pressure wrap in the industry and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Free online support from one of our professional dog trainers is provided with every purchase. The Original Anxiety Wrap ends fear of thunder, storms, fireworks, dogs, people, guns, travel anxiety, separation anxiety, fear of other dogs, nervousness and can also be worn comfortably under harnesses, apparel, during agility practice and in water therapy during rehabilitation. Nicolas Dodman of Tufts University completed an independent scientific study with the results of the Original Anxiety Wrap being 89% effective for dogs with thunderstorm fear.”
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