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Thundershirt helped my dog overcome thunderstorm anxiety

Updated on September 19, 2013

We got our dog Rina from the animal shelter, she was a small fur ball very eager to spread happiness in our family. And she was a happy dog, brave when it came to exploring, friendly when it came to meeting other dogs - a perfect little dog. Well at least until the first fall when the thunderstorm season starts. She then got to know dog hell and I wouldn't swap places with her. She was trembling, pacing, trying to run away (at one or two occasions she almost did), her heart was racing like crazy and she was yawning and making sounds that made you want to cry. It was a problem, not for us as much but you just can't watch your dog suffer like this calmly.

We've been trying different things for years with little effect... We tried dog calming music with no results, trying to occupy her during the storms which does work occasionally but as storms last for hours or days it's not the easiest of methods to practice... We've tried to relax her with sprays that have dog soothing pheromones which proved to be effective but not as much as we would like...

Thundershirt is the latest of things we've tried. I've stumbled upon this product by accident when I was searching for something completely different in an online store (blessed be the coincidences) and I was intrigued. I won't lie at first it did cross my mind this was just one of those things, you know the ones that don't work but the number of positive reviews about Thundershirt did made me wonder. The shirt is natural, it uses no chemicals as the whole principle of the thing is to apply slight pressure on the dog's body which should relax the dog (acupressure?). I was lucky enough (my dog not so much) there was a thunderstorm that evening and I tried something. I hugged Rina in a way that her body was covered in the same way the Thundershirt would cover it and gently (very gently) squeezed her. She calmed down a little and 5 minutes later I was already ordering Thundershirt.

Let me tell you, this was one of the better purchases of this year! We had some issues as Rina doesn't usually wear doggy dresses so she needed some time to get used to it (thankfully it's really easy to put on) but the thing actually helps. She's way calmer during the storms, there's still some anxiety (this isn't a magic wand after all) but compared to before it's way, way better. Honestly I don't fear she will have a heart attack any more.

Well this shirt indeed changed our lives and most importantly it changed Rina's life, for the better. Whenever there's a storm now we just get her into the shirt (to which she never resists) and she get's through it.

Don't like grey? It also comes in pink and blue!

Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment - Pink Rugby (Medium)
Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment - Pink Rugby (Medium)

Same shirt different color. If you are a dog fashionista you might like to see your dog working the pink color.

 
Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment - Navy Blue Rugby (Medium)
Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment - Navy Blue Rugby (Medium)

There shouldn't be any discrimination in a dog's world so it's only natural if we have a pink one for girls we need a blue on for boys.

 

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      My grandparent's dog used to get in the bathtub behind the shower curtain during a thunderstorm. Many dogs seem to 'tremble' and worse during T-storms, so this Thundershirt sounds like a wonderful solution.

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      Two Crafty Paws 4 years ago

      @calconcrete: It's not, well at least I don't think it is, I was a bit unclear in my response =). The manufacturers are not the same but both product lines are great.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      There is nothing worse than watching a dog experience such extreme fear. We've had two dogs that were frightened to an excruciating degree during thunderstorms. It just breaks your heart to see such bottomless distress. I'm for anything that helps take the edge off the terror. The concept and principles behind the Thundershirt seem sound. If it works for babies, surely it should work for dogs. Thanks for spreading awareness so others may comfort their pups (and cats).

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      calconcrete 4 years ago

      @Two Crafty Paws: Didn't realize it was a Feliway product also. I've used their spray with good results.

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      Two Crafty Paws 4 years ago

      @calconcrete: Yes there's a a cat version too it's supposed to work in a same way and the reviews are good (I don't have a personal experience with the cat version though). But I would recommend Feliway products - when we got Rina my cat Felix wasn't happy and I am pretty sure he was planning an assassination on her. We had lot's of problems as he would attack her at every opportunity - we got Feliway diffuser (they have a collar too) and it really calmed him down (he still gave her killer looks and raised the paw as a sign of warning but he didn't storm her any more)

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      calconcrete 4 years ago

      Do they have a version for cats? My two girls get stressed when I take them to the vet for a check up.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      This is a really useful product for dogs, first I have heard of it.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi my dog Lacy act the same way when it come to thunderstorms. It's a sad site to see. These shirt sound like a true help for thunderstorms anxiety.