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Make Your Dog a DIY Thundershirt for July Fourth’s Fireworks

A dog wears a red, white, and bleu lei, and streamers on its ears.
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While Fourth of July celebrations can be one of the most exciting times of the summer, for your dog, things could be a bit different. If your pup reacts to fireworks, the holiday can be a fraught time, but you can help them.

If your dog suffers from anxiety due to Fourth of July fireworks and you don’t have time to purchase a Thundershirt, a DIY Thundershirt might be the answer.

ThunderShirt Sport Dog Anxiety Jacket

For dogs with common anxiety issues or larger sized dogs, a Thundershirt is still a good investment.

While dog owners with pups that have issues with thunderstorms or separation anxiety should probably go ahead and invest in a Thundershirt now, if you’re in a pinch and can’t get one by the Fourth, DIY is the easy way to go. All you need is an Ace bandage.

ACE 3 Inch Elastic Bandage

An Ace bandage is all your need to DIY this puppy product.

Here’s how to use it:

  • Hold the Ace bandage and make sure the center aligns with the front of your dog’s chest.
  • Place the bandage over their chest, pull the fabric back, and criss-cross it over their shoulders.
  • Bring the remaining fabric down and criss-cross it under your dog’s belly.
  • Bring the fabric up to your dog’s back and tie the remaining material.

If you’re concerned about your dog’s behavior during this year’s Fourth of July weekend, grab that Ace bandage, but maybe snag a Thundershirt next year.

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