Customer Review #1083
By: Linda S
Family pet. I was the biggest skeptic about this product, but had to do something for my golden lab. She is just a mess when it comes to fireworks and thunder. So I took the leap and purchased the thunder shirt for Sadie. It was the best July 4th that I have spent and we have also had some thunder. She used to pace and pant heavily during and after the fireworks and thunder storms. She has improved over half of what she used to be. Sadie actually likes having the thunder shirt on. No problems with her getting used to the garment. Thanks so much. My family thought I was nuts for purchasing the thunder shirt, but the saw for themselves that it helped her immensely.
Review ID: 1083
out of 5-stars.
Customer Review #2597
By: J. DutsonAustralian Shepherd
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My dog is off the charts in his fear of thunder. He runs through the house barking incessantly and shaking in utter terror. He cannot stop moving or barking. If crated he will injure himself.
The thundershirt reduces his anxiety significantly. While wearing it during thunder he can often lie down and stop barking for extended periods. I don't think anything could truly calm him.
He knows when it is time to put his shirt on, he goes and sits near it. I think that by wearing the shirt he has actually learned to control his panic somewhat.
It seems as though he needs the shirt less and less often during thunderstorms. This is an excellent product, I have recommended it to others.
It's inexpensive enough that it's worth a try for any dog that has a major thunder phobia.
Review ID: 2597
out of 5-stars.
CLEARANCE -- Blue Rugby Thundershirt VestRated stars from 2 user ratings.
CLEARANCE -- XX-SMALL ThunderShirt Calming / Anti-Anxiety Vest for Dogs -- Rugby Blue
The Thunder Shirt applies gentle, constant pressure around your dog's torso, which has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful, or over-excited. Over 85% of dogs show significant improvement in anxiety symptoms when using Thundershirt. Recommended by thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers.
As for why Thundershirt's gentle pressure works to calm a dog, experts such as Dr. Temple Grandin believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for many years. For example:
Tellington Touch (TTouch) dog trainers use pressure to address a wide variety of anxieties
Veterinarians use pressure to relax cattle when they are administering vaccinations
People with autism use pressure to relieve their persistent anxiety
Children with certain behavioral problems use pressure shirts and weighted vests to relax and focus
Parents use swaddling to calm newborn infants
How to Put the Thunder Shirt on Your Dog
Thundershirt has been developed to be very easy to put on. Just lay it over your dog's back and secure with the chest and torso straps. The Velcro fasteners make Thundershirt very adjustable to many different body shapes.
1. Place the Thundershirt on your dog's back and wrap the Short Flap under the torso.
2. Wrap the Long Flap under the torso and secure with Velcro onto the short flap. Make a comfortable, but snug, fit. You should be able to easily slide your fingers between the Thundershirt and your dog's torso.
3. Wrap the Top Flap down onto the Long Flap and secure with Velcro. Adjust to improve the snug fit and keep Thundershirt securely in place.
4. Wrap the Chest Straps around the front of the dog and secure with Velcro. You should be able to easily slide your fingers under the Chest Straps and should not feel restricting around your dog's neck.
How To Use Thundershirt
Thundershirt is an excellent treatment for most types of dog anxiety and fear issues. For many anxieties, such as noise, crate, travel, barking and others, just put the Thundershirt on your dog and you will likely see results without training. For more complicated anxiety cases, we recommend using Thundershirt as part of a behavior modification program.
Thundershirt is also a useful tool for managing excitability or hyperactivity with strangers, on a leash, or in a training environment. Thundershirt's calming effect can help your dog to focus (or refocus) his energies in a more constructive direction, allowing training to be more effective.
Introducing Thundershirt to Your Dog
Before putting Thundershirt on your dog for the first time, we recommend offering a small amount of food to your dog using the Thundershirt as a "plate". Dogs typically become more comfortable and trusting of something that "brings" them food or anything that they associate with food. So this is an easy little trick to quickly create a positive association with Thundershirt for your dog.
Thundershirt is made out of durable, washable fabric. When necessary, Thundershirt may be washed in a regular cycle using regular laundry detergent and warm water. Hang to dry. To remove dog hair from Thundershirt's velcro, try using a standard dog "slicker" brush. A couple of strokes and the velcro hooks will be nearly completely hair-free.
FAQ: Is overheating a concern when using a Thundershirt?
Except in extreme conditions (e.g. 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the sun), overheating is not typically a concern when using a Thundershirt. Dogs cool themselves primarily through their mouths and paws, and a Thundershirt is constructed of a thin, breathable fabric. If you feel that overheating might be a problem for your particular circumstance, monitor your dog for any signs of overheating, such as heavy panting or tongue hanging out of the mouth. Remove the Thundershirt if you see any signs of overheating.