(Closed) Anyone use the thundershirt?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We got one for our super anxious dog.  It doesn’t seem to make a huge difference.  He will wear it, but still runs around crying at the tv when another animal comes on it.  He is such a strange dog.  I actually posted a thread a couple years ago when we bought it.  Let me see if I can find it!

Post # 6
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Utopia4us:  my friend has been involved in dog rescue for years and swears by thundershirts…it really helps her own dog, who before she rescued him was shot at and so loud fireworks etc or storms really freak him out.

Post # 8
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’ve heard good things about it from owners who have super anxious dogs.

You can test if it will work by taking an old shirt and putting it on your dog, and tying the loose pieces up into knots so that it sits tightly around his body. That way you’ll get a better idea if it will work or not.


Post # 9
2718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have one for my 65lb lab/pit mix. She’s crazy anxious during thunderstorms, and I put it on her during them (I try to do it before if I can tell it’s going to), but she just tries to get it off. We’ve taken her to firework shows without it and she’s completely fine being around those. Maybe thunderstorms don’t happen often enough for her to feel comfortable. Different dogs have different reactions. I wish I hadn’t spent the money on it (my grandma paid for it and really wanted her to get it, so I got it, I would have felt more comfortable getting it if it were cheaper). We really don’t ever use it.

Post # 11
9117 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I have no experience with them, but I find them ridiculous. I would be so skeptical only because when dogs in particular are afraid, in the wild they don’t seek “constant and gentle pressure” by cuddling their packmates.

It doesn’t seem like something that would be instinctive to a dog. Dogs hide.

I’d imagine letting your dog hide, or relocating him to another room would do more good.

But, like I said, I have no experience with them. I am just a wicked skeptic of these “Seen on TV!” type things.

ETA: 40 bucks for a shirt? That thing better be woven with gold fiber. Jesus.

Post # 12
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My friends have this for their people anxious dog.  He’s older and would just start shaking when they had parties.  The thundershirt makes him the dog he used to be, ignoring all of us around him lol.  It really is like he’s a new dog.  We are thinking about getting one for our dog, she has a meltdown during thunderstorms. 

Post # 13
1342 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Utopia4us:  It worked WONDERS for my dog!!!  She would panic at thunderstorms.  She really loved her thundershirt which we lovingly called thunderwear.  (She died in September)  When the weather would get bad and I would have it out, she would come to me to have me put it on.  Our vet recommends that you introduce it when it’s not a high stress time, just a normal day.  That way, they don’t have negative feelings associated with getting used to it.

Post # 15
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve heard good thing about them from other people but my in-laws have one for their little dog who hates car rides (shakes and crys the whole time) and it doesn’t seem to do any good.

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