The Anxiety Wrap Receives U.S. Patent

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The Anxiety Wrap(tm) recently received U.S. Patent No. 6,820,574. Made of a stretchable fabric the animal wears, its number one usage is to help dogs stay calm during thunderstorms. The Anxiety Wrap can also help animals under stress become calm whether that stress is demonstrated through fearful, anxious, or hyperactive behavior.

The Anxiety Wrap received U.S. Patent No. 6,820,574. Made of a stretchable fabric the animal wears, its number one usage is to help dogs stay calm during thunderstorms. The Anxiety Wrap can also help animals under stress become calm whether that stress is demonstrated through fearful, anxious, or hyperactive behavior. The new product was launched late 2001 and has received positive reviews in major trade magazines such as Whole Dog Journal, Animal Wellness, Fido Friendly, and The Bark. The Anxiety Wrap is available on-line at or internet stores such as,,, and, in addition to stand-alone pet stores across the U.S.

“We are very excited to receive this patent,” explains Susan Sharpe, veteran dog trainer and inventor of The Anxiety Wrap. “It reinforces our uniqueness and also the fact that our product addresses a widespread problem that previously did not have an easy-to-use or effective treatment option.” Kimberly Ring, marketing manager for The Anxiety Wrap explains further, “When a dog is thunderphobic, the entire family suffers along with him or her. Many dogs cause injury to themselves or damage to the home during a thunderstorm. We’re thrilled our product has helped so many dogs live better quality lives which has been our goal from the beginning.” The most common treatment available prior to The Anxiety Wrap was a prescribed medication available through veterinarians. This drug must be administered at exactly the right time before a storm occurs, which is difficult to do, given the unpredictability of storms.

The Anxiety Wrap applies gentle Maintained Pressure across a wide area of the body which is a technique used with humans for years. “The snug fit of The Anxiety Wrap applies a light, gentle pressure that is maintained regardless of the animal’s activity,” explains Shereen Farber, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA, and author of “Neurorehabilitation, A Multisensory Approach” (WB Saunders Co. Philadelphia, 1982). “In theory, this maintained pressure affects the sensory receptors that communicate with the brain and nervous system. The Anxiety Wrap provides input that is even, rhythmic, and repetitive, producing a calming of mind and body.” The same technique is also used by professionals who work with autistic children to help calm them.

The Anxiety Wrap is currently being used and recommended by veterinarians, animal behaviorists, trainers, chiropractors, groomers, Tellington Touch practitioners, and acupressurists. Cornell University is currently developing a controlled research study and Dr. Barbara Simpson, a renowned expert on thunderstorm phobia in dogs, added The Anxiety Wrap as a new way to treat thunderstorm fear at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s convention in 2002.

The Anxiety Wrap is trademarked and is owned by Animals Plus, LLC. This product works best as a tool used in conjunction with gentle training methods and is not a substitute for proper veterinary care or exercise. Susan Sharpe is a registered member in good standing with APDT. She is one of 700 CPDTs in the world. CPDT is the only nationally recognized certification organization in the U.S. She is currently one of three certified Tellington Touch Practitioners in Indiana. She lives with her family, dogs, horses, and many cats in Indiana. Visit for more details and testimonials.


Debi Davis ,Trainer Of The 1999 Service Dog Of The Year, describes her use of The Anxiety Wrap:

“I used the wrap on my thunder phobic boy last night, and instead of crawling up my legs on the walk, he walked next to me, with much more confidence, even though it was thundering to beat the band.”

Ellinor Schmitz and Daisy:

“Daisy is much happier since we got her Anxiety Wrap for her. She will even do agility with a thunderstorm in the background. This was unthinkable before. Thank you so much! Of course, Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., C.C.B.C., CPDT NADOI, owner of the Courteous Canine Dog School and Doggie Gym, had this great idea for me to try the Anxiety Wrap and it worked!”

Mary Guy, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, B.S., Loyola Univ. M.S.Ed. Education Administration and Supervision, Michigan

“What a great invention! I have used your anxiety wrap in my work as a dog trainer and in dealing with reactive dogs and cats and thunderstorm anxiety. The most noticeable case was that of an older, arthritic Malamute named Blaize. One session of Tellington Touch and the Anxiety Wrap and Blaize completely stopped reacting to storms. She also has been able to ride in the car without pacing. You've given this 13-year old girl a new lease on life.”

David and Kay Snell and Chase, a Retired Service Dog Who Avoided Euthanasia

“Chase is a 7 year old Golden Retriever. As a puppy, he lived in a very harsh situation where he was abused to the point of having a broken leg. The owner, abuser was jailed and he was adopted by Susan B., a wheelchair user. Chase was trained as a service dog to pull his new master's wheelchair and help her get up when she fell during transfers to or from the chair.

Chase worked as a service dog for 5 years developing a very strong bond between himself and Susan. They were together 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The only time they were separated was when his master was hospitalized after an auto accident. Last November, Susan had a set back of her condition and could no longer use a manual wheelchair. She was offered a new service dog that could be trained to meet more of her needs and allow her to continue to live independently. Chase was retired and sent to live in the country with a family. However, this living situation did not last because Chase showed severe signs of separation anxiety. During the six months he lived in this situation, he destroyed two dog crates and two doors to their house. Chase also was a storm dog. He paced and panted every time it rained or stormed. The adopting family could not cope. Even the medications provided by the vet did not improve Chase's anxieties.

When we heard of the situation we offered to take Chase in. After living with us one month, we took Chase with us on a weekend camping trip. We were out of the camper when it rained one morning, and Chase had a panic attack. He totally destroyed the camper door, tearing the aluminum screen and then clawing and eating his way out of the exterior door. Immediately when we arrived home, we called our vet to see if she could help us with the situation. After seeing the photos of the damage Chase had done to the camper, she offered us Valium to give him if it rained. We used the Valium for 45 days every time it even looked like rain outside and we never left Chase alone anywhere. When I called the vet for a refill of the Valium, she was very concerned about continued use of drugs for this dog. Her only solution for us was euthanasia for Chase. That was very difficult for us to accept. Chase had worked hard for his master for over 5 years and we thought he deserved to be treated well in retirement.

While contemplating our alternatives, Susan B. sent us a clipping from a magazine about Anxiety Wraps for dogs. She knew of the situation with Chase and hated to see him put down. We had nothing to lose so we contacted the Anxiety Wrap by e-mail and received a quick response. After explaining the problems we were having, Susan said she wanted to work with us toward a solution for Chase.

We have had the Anxiety Wrap for one month and have seen marked improvement in Chase's response to both storms and separation. We placed the wrap on him when it came by mail and with in the first five minutes of wearing it, he laid down, totally relaxed. That first week, we had a really heavy storm with lots of lightning and thunder. Since we knew the storm was coming, we put the wrap on Chase at bedtime. When the storm hit, Chase did get up and start to pace and pant. We told him, ‘No Chase, go lay down.’ He lay right down and we all slept the rest of the night without any further panting-pacing episodes.

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