Does the Thundershirt for Dogs Really Work?

Does the Thundershirt really work?

Note: This Thundershirt review is written by my mom Nancy Stordahl. She maintains the blog Nancy’s Point.

Thundershirt review

My golden retriever Elsie is a bit nervous during thunderstorms OR fireworks.

OK, that’s an understatement.

Elsie is extremely nervous during thunderstorms. In fact, it doesn’t even need to be an actual thunderstorm.

Elsie seems to have some kind of built-in barometric pressure reader. She seems to know when a thunderstorm is coming. Then when it finally does arrive, the real fun begins.

Does your dog need a thundershirt

When Elsie senses an approaching thunderstorm, all the classic canine symptoms of anxiety begin to kick in:

  • She becomes restless.
  • Her body language “screams” worry.
  • She paces. She sniffs the air.
  • She pants – a lot.
  • She whimpers.
  • She forcefully nudges her way under my legs or chair.
  • She “digs.”
  • She tries to find a safe spot. She can’t – in her mind, there isn’t one.

Thundershirt for golden retriever Elsie

These behaviors start off on the mild side, but quickly escalate, becoming highly annoying and frustrating. Elsie ends up in full-blown, panic-attack mode. I kid you not.

Whenever these symptoms begin to happen, I immediately put her in her kennel in my basement and turn a fan onto its highest setting in order to cool her down and hopefully drown out some of the “terror.”

Other things I’ve tried:

  • Ignoring the behaviors. No luck.
  • Providing comfort verbally and physically by speaking reassuringly while petting and stroking her gently. No luck. See the post, Can you reward a dog’s fear?
  • Putting her into a confined space such as a bathroom.
  • Anti-anxiety drug via her vet. Again, to no avail.

The Thundershirt review – did it really work?

Does the Thundershirt really work

When That Mutt offered me an opportunity to test out a product called the Thundershirt, I was thrilled.

As it turned out, our trial run came at the perfect time. The Fourth of July was also fast approaching.

In addition to thunderstorms, my dog is afraid of fireworks and firecrackers. Since we live in Wisconsin where such noisemakers are legal, we get to hear such sounds for more than a few days before and after the Fourth.

More opportunity for testing!

Now a bit about the Thundershirt.

The particular product I am critiquing is called the Thundershirt and is marketed as “The Best Solution for Dog Anxiety.”

It has a patent-pending design that applies constant pressure on a dog’s abdomen. This pressure is intended to calm the dog, much like swaddling an infant is supposed to calm her. It’s basically a “wrap” for your dog held in place with Velcro.

The Thundershirt for dogs is labeled as safe, effective, drug free and easy to use, so I will comment on these four claims.

Safety – Yes, it’s a safe product to use as far as I can tell, although I did not leave it on my dog while she was kenneled as she tends to chew/destroy things in her kennel when she is agitated.

I didn’t know if she would “eat” the product or harm herself with it in some way. She probably would not have, but my choice was better safe than sorry.

Drug free – Yes! I don’t like drugs for myself or for my dogs. See the post, Medications for dogs during fireworks.

Easy to use – Hmm. I am not good with puzzles. Thankfully the Thundershirt came with a good diagram. Let’s just say I needed it! Most people will probably figure it out more quickly than I did.

Effective – Well, for my dog, not so much. See what others thought of it here.

Will a Thundershirt stop my dog’s fear of storms?

Thundershirt for dogs review - Does the Thundershirt for dogs really work?For our particular situation, the Thundershirt did not prove to be very effective in reducing my dog’s stress.

I did notice a slight decrease in her anxiety with a gentle rain (no thunder or lightening, just drizzle), so this was something I will keep testing. Yes, my dog starts to get nervous even when there is a gentle rain!

Maybe she can progress. Who knows?

One positive thing is that Elsie did not seem to mind one bit about putting on or wearing the Thundershirt. There was no struggle to put it on her at all.

Another observation I made was that part of the Velcro came undone after only one use.

All in all, the Thundershirt did not solve our problem.

Could the Thundershirt work for other dogs?

The Thundershirt did not help Elsie overcome her thunderstorm anxiety. However, every dog is an individual and this product may or may not help your dog.

It’s important to point out that my dog is an extreme case. If you have a dog only beginning to exhibit signs of anxiety, this product might be of help in keeping the problem from getting worse.

… every dog is an individual and this product may or may not help your dog.

The Thundershirt could help with dog separation anxiety or other issues like barking, travel anxiety, excitability, leash pulling and fearfulness.

It can also be used as a general training tool. For example, it could be used to keep your dog more focused on the lesson at hand.

It may or may not come in handy for these uses. I did not test it for any of these purposes.

If you have a dog suffering from anxiety, the Thundershirt might be worth a try, especially since the company does offer a 100-percent guarantee that it will work or you can return it for a full refund.

You gotta love that!

How much does a Thundershirt cost?

The Thundershirt is priced at $39.95 on Amazon – get one here.

Does your pet suffer from thunderstorm anxiety? What (if anything) works for your dog?

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  1. Carl on December 19, 2012

    Bailey status:

    The Thundershirt is in the closet with his other stuff, sweater, blanket, etc. He is doing just fine.

    My idea of how it works is something on the order of a good hug. He likes that. And snuggling in alongside me in the evening on my recliner. A bit big for a lap dog, but, oh well. He also finds the recliner a perfect place to sleep.

    Thinder an d loud noises upsets some dogs as it hurts their ears. I just leave out my hearing aids!!!
    But, I’ve not heard of dog anti noise protection, Mebbe it exists and I just am ignorant of it.

    The Thunder shirt is a nice bit. I guess the next time Bailey dresses up, he can wear it along with his bandana, blue collar and blue dog bone shaped chip notice ID. Not to mention the chrome chain leash.

    • Joe on February 6, 2014

      does it really work

  2. Wendy on December 30, 2012

    I bought the thundershirt for my dog about a week ago. She is a 7 yr old daschund. She gets nervous unless she is under the covers in my bed. She whines and pants in the car, She shakes and cries when I go out with or without her, She freaks out when I feed her. I had to buy her a special slow feeding dish so she wouldn’t choke on her food. Unfortunately the thundershirt seems to have no effect at all. I am returning the coat. I also have another 8 yr old daschund who is calm, quiet and very well behaved so I don’t believe her behavior has anything to do with my training.

  3. roop on February 1, 2013

    People that buy it just because of the name that it coll anxiety are ignorant.

  4. amanda wisdom on February 26, 2013

    I have a four yr old Cocker spaniel…. shes insane, shes a very well behaved dog, except she has anxiety… and well she sits around chewing on her feet all day, we have had her to the vet many times about it to make sure that nothing was in there irritating them and he says it anxiety…. and she never really hurts them but boy is it annoying… do we think the thundershirt will help her?

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on February 26, 2013

      I hope so, and it is worth a shot! Most likely, it will only help minimally or not much at all.

      • amanda wisdom on February 26, 2013

        we have her some stress pills which help a little mostly at night just not much during the day was hoping but if it doesn’t sound like then im not wasting the 40 bucks thanks

  5. Reba on February 26, 2013

    I don’t know which anxiety problems might benefit from the Thundershirt, but before spending the money, see if the pressure that the shirt provides is calming for your dog. Firmly wrap a sweatshirt or other fabric around the dog’s body, simulating the Thundershirt. I would make sure his “shoulders” are covered by the shirt. If this pressure seems to calm him, then the Thundershirt might be worth a try.

    For larger dogs, you can try laying on top of the dog to see if the pressure works (I would have my Dobe laying on her side and use the weight of the upper part of my body). I feel confident it was the pressure, and not my presence, that worked because just holding her did not have the same effect.

    It’s worth a try before you spend the money!

  6. Joan on March 23, 2013

    I have a small mix breed that has anxiety issues. She doesn’t get along with my other dogs, they just leave her alone, and she barks at anyone that comes into the house. She also licks the walls furniture and bed even when nothing different is going on. She doesn’t want to be held when she is in this shape. Do you think the Thundershirt will help her?

  7. Niki & LuLu on March 29, 2013

    The thundershirt is not a cure-all, but it can calm a dog enough to help them be responsive to counter-conditioning and training. Try it when there are no anxiety triggers, see if the behavior is more relaxed, if so than it does help. And with a money back guarantee, what do you have to lose? If it doesn’t help with anxiety, please get get in touch with a trainer that can help. You will thank yourself.

  8. Brenda on May 18, 2013

    The only thing that works for our female pit bull is an expensive crate from Zinger Sporting Dog Gear. We have the 5000 with an Escape Artist Feature. Drugs did not work, neither did attention and TLC. For the humans to get any respite, she had to be crated in the basement. But she is very strong and used her head to break out of wire crates. She was injuring her beautiful face. This crate is very expensive, $900 but I think/hope it also relieves her anxiety when she is in there because she knows she can’t get out and she can’t hurt herself. When she comes out, she is her old self (if the storm is over) she does not seem at all traumatized.

  9. Laurie on May 19, 2013

    I’m a little late, but hoping you’ve found a way to help out your pup. It sounds like a lot of anxiety and maybe even protection of the humans he so dearly loves. A good trainer should be able to help you. It will make both of you much happier. 🙂

    I wanted to comment on the electric fence/collar. While I do agree that punishment is a very bad idea for fearful dogs, I don’t at all consider the underground fence a punishment. We have four dogs, three of witch don’t think that over an acre of land is enough space and will dig under the fence to wander for a while. Even though we have a fence, we put in the underground fence inside it to stop their behavior.

    If they are trained correctly on the fence, which can certainly be done with positive training, they understand that it is a boundary and not a punishment. The collars we have provide a training level…beep only… and several levels of shock. The three dogs who wear the collars only need the beep. After training they NEVER get shocked because we trained them to stop at the beep and we don’t even take it off the training mode.

    That being said…still with proper training…if they needed to have the level turned up, I would rather have that than for their safety or someone else’s safety to be at risk. It is not painful, they simply don’t like it. I’ve held the collar tight and run it over the fence to see how it feels. I wouldn’t use it if I thought it brought harm to my furry children.

    There are very strong feelings about shock correction on both sides of the fence (haha) and I can see both sides. It also doesn’t work for all dogs. However, for ours it works wonderfully and I don’t have to worry when we are home or out of town.

    Again, I hope you found a solution. I know it’s difficult, but hang in there!

    P.S. We just got a thundershirt for our newest addition because of her fear of storms and my lack of sleep. We’ll let you know what happens!

    • Laurie on May 19, 2013

      So sorry!! Somehow this posted as a reply and separate post. It was meant as a reply to Sarah (10/12/12)

  10. Leslie & JJ Camper on May 21, 2013

    Hi, I purchased the thundershirt for my 11 year old rescue terrier mix. In the past few years he has exhibited extreme stress when going to the groomer or vet. To the point of having a seizure. We have tried sedatives & phenobarbital for the seizure. These didn’t even work. He frightens himself so much & it’s hard on him & me. Its hard to see your dog suffer & have resorted to having a vet come to the house for minor shots & physicals. He hasn’t been groomed in over a 1 1/2 year & I have been doing my best using scaredy cut scissors & he does allow me to using a razor (portable) for a short period of time.

    Now, when the fireworks or a nail gun goes off, he starts going into panic mode.

    I’m at my wits end trying to allieve his stress & am hoping this might help. Will let you know and what do you think? Thanks.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on May 21, 2013

      I think it is worth a shot, but it does sound like your dog is so anxious this is by no means going to be a quick fix. Hopefully it will at least help, even slightly.

      • Leslie & JJ on May 23, 2013

        Thanks for giving me a place to vent JJ’s issues. It seems I can’t find any vets to listen or help. Last night, we had a thunderstorm & I put the shirt on JJ. Not too thrilled at first but later, curled up on the couch & went to sleep. He was very proud of his shirt after we made a big fuss.
        I’m going to hold out until after the 4th of July. That will be the true test.

        Thanks again so much.

        • Lindsay Stordahl Author on May 23, 2013

          Oh I’m so, so happy to hear this has made a difference for you. That’s great to hear!

  11. Ivana on May 21, 2013

    I don’t really have any specific problem with my 5 year old cocker-mix rescue dog. He is, however, very fearful when I walk him; he’s terrified of buses, pickups and the like (he got ran over twice and is half blind for that reason) and pretty scared of big dogs (got randomly bitten by a stray pitbull, though he’s really patient and sweet with other dogs). He is also scared of thunder, his reaction is to shake like crazy (he has peed himself a couple of times from fear) and he calms down when I hug him for a bit.
    It would be nice to try it on him to see if it helps to relax him when I walk him, has anyone here used it outside? Since my dog’s problem is far from severe and I’d just want the thundershirt to make HIS life a bit easier -rather than mine-, I’m not sure if it’s worth the money. I can’t get a refund here where I live and I’d buy it from a person who imports doggie stuff.

    • Reba on May 22, 2013

      Poor guy! Are there trails or quiet residential streets you can walk where there is little traffic and few dogs? Even if you have to drive to that place, walking somewhere he is comfortable should help over time. Also, if he is blind in one eye, walk him so his good eye is near the street and you are on the side with the blind eye. He may learn to trust that you will protect him from things on that side. I left an earlier post suggesting using body pressure or tightly held cloth or towel around the dog’s body to see if this “deep pressure” helps to calm him. If it does, then it might be worth trying the thunder shirt. Good luck!

  12. Jana Rade on May 23, 2013

    Well, I didn’t try Thundershirt for storm phobia but for Jasmine’s mysterious episodes. Didn’t seem to help much. But then I never really believed that anxiety was at the root, rather perhaps an outcome.

    It was about like with many things, it seemed that it could work but it really didn’t. But nothing else did either. So I wouldn’t hold it against the product.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on May 23, 2013

      Interesting. Thank you for your feedback, and I’m glad my blog is accepting your comments now!

  13. Reba on May 23, 2013

    Has anyone tried making a smaller, quieter place for your dog when there is a storm? I had a dobe that would try to hide in any small space when it thundered…my shoes suffered when she dug her way to the back of my closet! I put quilts over a card table to make a cave for her. This made her feel safe and let her stay in the room with the family. If I had a smaller dog, I would just select a smaller table. Or, if she’s content in her crate, cover the crate to muffle the sound, (but leave the door open so she can get out…it will get warm in there!).

    • Laurie on May 23, 2013

      Reba, we figured out the same thing with our oldest who is a shep mix. He would try to crawl between the sofa and the wall. He was crazy when we would have storms and would even tear things up. Once we came home and he was so scared and disoriented that he was trying to climb over the railing of our second story deck!!! We tried so many things including anti anxiety meds and finally, out of exhaustion one afternoon, crated him. He was SO happy. We didn’t think of it before because his crate never seemed to be anything but a reluctant place for him to sleep at night. To think after all those years of struggle, all he needed was his crate.

      Unfortunately, this is NOT the case for our new rescue. We haven’t figured it out yet, but hoping that the thundershirt will at least assist us if not fix it.

      • Laurie on June 5, 2013

        Quick update…Penny our new rescue who has really puzzled us with her storm issues was much better today. Previously the only thing that would calm her was me sleeping in front of her crate (for nighttime storms, obviously). I love her…but not enough to lose sleep every time it storms.

        I got the thundershirt and put it on her during ‘good moods’ and while eating over the last two weeks. Today we had our first major storm since I bought it, so I put it on her, put a few pcs of food in her bowl and left the room. She went straight for the door and started banging on it. I told her no and she stopped. She did this a few times and got progressively calmer, with longer periods of calm and quiet each time. She eventually laid down in the floor and seemed to be just fine. I was pretty impressed because it was a pretty loud storm. She was quiet for about 60% of the storm.

        So did the shirt work for her? Not by itself, but I think it will be a great tool for behavior modification and I don’t think I would have had the same response without it…in fact I know I wouldn’t. So for the more intense anxieties, it might be worth using a few methods together to get the result you want.

        I’ll also say that I have not coddled her during storms. I’ve done that in the past, feeling sympathetic and wanting all our pets to feel loved and safe. I have since realized my praise and love response to them being obedient was quite similar to my response of their fear, potentially reinforcing their bad or fear behavior. So instead I’ve tried asking her (and all of them) to sit or settle when they begin to react to anxiety triggers. It seems to throw them back into a ‘normal’ response…like ‘oh I’m supposed to sit, ok’ and it gets them refocused.

        • Lindsay Stordahl Author on June 5, 2013

          So glad this is helping. That is some really great feedback, and this will be valuable to others facing a similar situation. Thank you, Laurie and Penny!

  14. molly on June 10, 2013

    the best cure for all the above doggy disorders is another dog that is very well adjusted. I had two dogs that were a mess, scared of everything and food aggression. these dogs I got from the pound. they were older than 6 months. when I bought my pit/lab mix pup at 6 weeks old, she had no built in fears. a wonderful girl. when she was old enough I started putting her in the with other two and they calmed down inside of a month with her presence influencing them. i watched it happen. the older boy died this year, but the chihuahua who was a nervous wreck all her life focused on the pup and they do everything together. neither is a nervous nelly, no whining or barking just play, eat, sleep and be loved calmly. it may or may not help to introduce another dog, but it did for me.

  15. Andy on June 11, 2013

    Our bulldog Sherman goes berserk during thunderstorms; pacing, barking, panting during a common storm. Even the sound of rain gets him on edge. The Thundershirt helped minimize some of that anxious behavior. He still does best if he’s with someone during a storm, but at least now with the thundershirt he can come into the bedroom at night and he’ll lay down and sleep. It’s not a 100% solution but it has helped him. If you’re desperate it’s worth a shot.

  16. Shirley on June 14, 2013

    Our Husky use to shake and try to become a lap dog during storms and on the Fourth, We gave him drugs to calm him down but with them you had to give them one hour before the storm hit or anyone set off fireworks so we got the thunder shirt and what a change, He still wanted by us but he was a lot calmer, I even put it on him to take him to the Vet and he no longer tried to hide under the chairs. It may not work for every dog but it worked for him.

  17. Nini on June 24, 2013

    I recently read about the thundershirt in an article on separation anxiety – has anyone tried it out for this issue?
    I rescued a 2 year old Chihuahua girl a little over a month ago. She has severe separation anxiety so I even can’t leave her with my boyfriend or family for five minutes. And I mean five minutes… As soon as I go through the door, she will start to cry and search for me everywhere till I come back. And she will also go nuts if she can see but not reach me – for example when my boyfriend had her on a leash as I was removing broken glass.
    I really try hard to gradually get her used to be with someone else and even a bit on her own. But sometimes no one is around and I still have to go shopping. Dogs are not allowed in groceries stores and most other stores (here in Germany) and I don’t want to leave her outside of the store as she will cry and maybe even strangle herself to get to me – or someone would just take her as she is very friendly to everyone. So I have to leave her for up to an hour by herself. I feel so bad when I have to do that. I set up a recorder and she will indeed cry and pace for an entire hour. 🙁

    Might the thundershirt help me to work on her anxiety that she can at least be with a friend for the time of my absence?

  18. Becky on June 25, 2013

    Hi! So I have a boxer/lab mix and she would qualify as a “high-energy” pup. She loves to play with other dogs and loves meeting new people, but she gets very enthusiastic and tends to freak out anyone or dog that she meets. I have tried “Composure” treats/pills to no avail, giving her more exercise to the point of exhaustion, and training with a canine behaviorist. I have changed some “triggers” in her environment, given her more space, less space, more toys, and fewer toys. I am practically at my wits end with her. Her behaviors include chasing shadows on the ceiling, body wiggles when something new happens (which can be followed up by lunging to get to whatever new thing is around), very high jumping (4-6 feet in most cases), chasing after the cats I also have, and peeing/pooping the second I leave the house, even for just 5 minutes. She is very smart and well trained, but forgets her training the second something new or unexpected comes around.

    Please don’t jump to the conclusion that I don’t care for my dog appropriately. Pepper has a long story for such a short life, including being returned to the shelter twice, and I am pretty sure she was confined for nearly all of the first year of her life. If I had to guess, she was probably not socialized, which makes it such a challenge for her to be around new things. I love my dog very much and want, more than anything, for her to feel safe and comfortable at all times. That is why it has been so distressing that she responds so poorly to anything new.

    So, all that is to say, that I bought a thunder-shirt yesterday, put it on Pepper, and now she is cool as a cucumber. It’s hard to describe how much calmer she is with the thunder shirt. I believe that she struggles with constant anxiety, so the shirt may be most effective on her. It is really interesting petting her ears now, because they are relaxed and very soft. Before, I guess, they were always perked, so they felt totally different than they do now. She seems to really appreciate the comfort that it gives her.

    I am very pleased with Pepper’s response to the shirt, especially because when I tried to take it off her and put it away, she sat where the shirt was and nosed it until I put it back on her.

    • Reba on June 26, 2013

      Becky and Pepper, I am so glad the shirt is helping! And I am so glad Pepper has found a patient, loving parent! Good luck to you both.

  19. Brenda on June 25, 2013

    Becky, that is so great! Based on your experience, I will keep the thunder shirt in mind for all the permanent and foster dogs we have! You love and persistence with Pepper is wonderful!

  20. Nini on June 27, 2013

    I’ve decided to buy the thundershirt for my Pixie. She needs a coat anyway as she’s only 6 pounds and has almost no fur on her belly – I’ll keep you updated if you’re interested.

  21. Robin on June 27, 2013

    I do not have a thundershirt, but have put on a orange hunting vest on Pete, it is kind of on the same order, he wraps around him and closes with velcro. When we are walking he does sometimes get stressed out with other dogs, cars, ect…and have noticed it does keep him calmer in those situations, but in the summer time it does get hot and uncomfortable so I don’t use it often enough.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on June 28, 2013

      Ace is definitely calmer with his camo, hunting vest on as well! 🙂

  22. Diane on June 28, 2013


    I think the Thundershirt is a GODsend! I have a 13 year old Min Pin/Chi cross that doesn’t so much get anxiety but gets furious with storms. Running from one end of the house to the other barking & trying to “get” the thunder. And it usually starts when the clouds roll in & the wind picks up; WAY before & evidence of thunder or lighting. I have used “doggie downer” meds but they take time to kick in; time I usually don’t have.

    Tanner has had a thundershirt for a couple of years now & I think every season he wears it, his tolerance of storms & loud noises gets better. I see it as a training tool rather than a cure. I think you need to use it consistently so they start to associate the loud noises, barometer changes & wind with whatever calming effect they feel when wearing it. Just this week we had a mother of all thunderstorms & I got it on him at the first sign of clouds…he had little to no response to the entire, very slow moving storm & we slept ALL NIGHT LONG! It was great. We are heading into July 4th again so I’m interested to see if it’s just as effective on that event as well this year; the past years has not seen much help since fireworks are typically every night for several days and ALL night long on the actual date. I say to those that have tried it…keep at it. It may just be something the dog needs to be taught. Like the desensitization techniques my vet recommended years ago.

    On another note, I attended obedience classes with a dog of indeterminate breed that when not wearing his thundershirt is totally out of control. Whatever his genetic makeup is, he has a huge prey drive & wants to chase anything moving. He also completely refuses to listen to his person when he is not wearing the shirt. When it’s on, he’s by no means a model citizen but he is handleable and training is much more effective.

    I think one of the issues people have when they hear of a product is they think it will instantly be a miracle cure when in fact, more often it is something that needs to be used in conjunction to other training techniques and not as a stand alone fix for all that ails the poor beast. My advice is don’t give up on something until you’ve given it a truly decent amount of time to actually work.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on June 28, 2013

      Interesting! I have not heard of anyone else whose dog tries to “get” the thunder, but I’m sure there are others.

      I agree, people think it will be a quick fix, and there is no such thing. Glad to hear you have had a positive experience.

  23. Claire Young on June 28, 2013

    Mmm not sure if the thundershirt works or not, we’ve put it on our 9 month old collie/cattle dog cross 4 times now and she manages to get out of it every time, wanders around then wearing it as a bib or shaking it in her mouth looking very pleased with herself!!

  24. Linda on July 8, 2013

    We also have a golden who is a mess during fireworks or thunderstorms. I use Rescue Remedy for dogs. It does help but I may try the Thundershirt with it to see if it works together. Also I just watched a video of the Dog Whisper and he said to train the animal to wear the shirt during calmness so that when a storm comes the dog knows the shirt means be calm. We will see….

  25. Shelby on July 18, 2013

    I bought the Thundershirt for my 2 year old Malte-poo. She has awful separation anxiety; every time I try to leave the house for work, she cries and wants me to hold her. I was very skeptical about the Thundershirt.. Just doesn’t look like it does much. After I put it on my dog, she got surprisingly relaxed. I couldn’t even get her to play, which is unheard of. It definitely made her feel calm and at peace. The only thing about it is, you shouldn’t leave it on for more than 8 hours.. The more they get used to it, the less & less it’ll work. It worked on my dog though!

  26. Phillip Wilhelm on December 6, 2014

    I have a six month old golden retriever. She comes from award winning stock and we paid dearly for the health of the parents and therefore the puppy. My plan is for her to be a therapy dog in addition to my per. She has been in in=kennel training and owner training for the last couple of months and has made good progress. I purchased a vest the says; “Therapy Dog In Training”. Her calmness has been well notices when wearing the vest, so I got a thundershirt. The difference is dramatic. With the vest of thundershirt on she acts more like a two year old dog instead of a six month old puppy. It is a huge help in training her. While each dog is different, I would highly recommend the thundershirt. She “ate” a metal brad. She had to go to the vet to get e=rayed. I took her without her thundershirt on and she was a mess. She was hyper and tried to run around licking and jumping on everyone she saw. Totally out of character then when wearing the thundershirt. I will never take her out in public again without a thundershirt on.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on December 8, 2014

      That’s interesting how the therapy/working dog vest has a similar effect on your dog as the Thundershirt. My own dog is also much more calm if I put his winter vest on him. He almost becomes too shut down with that on, though. Interesting how each dog reacts a little differently.

  27. Dennis Shows on February 21, 2015

    We have a 1- 1/2 year old Pomeranian/Yorkie mix rescue from the humane shelter, which we’ve had about 7 mos. She has the typical curled tail, having the Yorkie length hair, so that the tail lies flat on her posterior backside. When agitated, she often makes growling sounds, even when held close. The pressure of the thunder jacket lessens this considerably; but, without it, even when petted, she growls abnormally. The growling doesn’t signal a possible bite. Instead, such as when she’s being cuddled, the growling grows progressively louder (meaning she wants down), and when she is on the ground she whirls in circles, chasing her tail rapidly. The behavior isn’t the usual, playful chasing of the tail, but is very much like a frenzied motion that leaves people backing away from her, as they watch and listen to what sounds like a ferocious animal about to attack. It really looks as if she has some frustration, preoccupation, or agitation, associated with her tail or anus (we’re not sure). In the 7 months we’ve had her, we have mostly used positive reinforcement for all of our training. However, we must admit, with the Jacket she IS much calmer—seeming more like it has a sedation effect. Interesting to note, she shows some restraint, slightly backing away as we put it on her, and is very calm as we’re removing it. Once it’s removed, she calmly pulls it from where we laid it, and brings it to us. The dog wants it, and doesn’t want it.

  28. Sue Dahlsten on July 4, 2015

    Both of our chihuahuas are scared of the Thunder shirt. Any other clothes for that matter also.

  29. SPennell on October 25, 2015

    We have a rescue Beagle Walker. He has a real problem with sound of guns. Would anyone have information on the Thundershirt for a normally hunting dog who is very tense around gun noises. Has anyone ever used the shirt for this problem.

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on October 25, 2015

      I haven’t used it for that purpose. If the dog is going to be right there during the hunting, I bet it won’t make a difference. But if you mean the dog is at home and can hear the gun shots from a distance, I think it might help the way it helps some dogs with fireworks from a distance. There are ear muffs for dogs for hearing protection you could consider. Mutt Muffs.

  30. May on February 10, 2016

    I cant even imagine these poor babies being scared of thunder etc.. Our black lab always goes on the balcony to check out whats going on when there are fireworks and thunderstorm and she has had good effect on our friends dogs with fears being in the car … But my friends german sheperd becomes the smallest dog and hides in the toilet while the banging outside subsides

  31. Cathy on February 10, 2016

    I have a nine year old mini long-haired dachshund. We have had her for seven and a half years. She has severe separation anxiety. She barks and howls while we are gone.
    She enjoys her crate when we are home, often eating and sleeping in it, but freaks out when we are gone. Normally she is meed and mild, but she has torn holes in plastic crates, ripping them open, bent wires in metal crates to the point of breaking wires off and hurting her face.
    She had broken all her canine teeth from the chewing the wire crate.
    We tried barricading her in the kitchen which resulted in her chewing the drywall in the doorway. Left loose, she often soils (even though she is completely housebroken) or gets into things.
    We have tried mild medications (amitriptyline and melatonin) which haven’t seemed to work. We have tried Adaptil spray, which helps only a little bit.
    It has gotten to the point that she has now sheared off her canines, poor girl. She is frantic when left alone.
    I truly wish that my employer would allow dogs at work!

    As a last resort, I am trying the Thundershirt. We bought one last night. She wore it out of the store and we noticed an immediate difference. Normally, when there is a dog in the store barking, howling, and jumping about, she gets into it as well. Last night, she was interested, but only closely watched, instead of participating.

    Tomorrow will be our first day while we are at work. Crossing our fingers!!

    • Lindsay Stordahl Author on February 10, 2016

      I sure hope it helps!

      • Cathy on February 16, 2016

        What a remarkable difference!
        After an 8 1/2 hour day in the Thundershirt, I came home and was greeted by my pooch. She was excited to see me, and a bit whiny, but not nearly the howling, barking, destructive dog that she has been.
        I will be recommending the Thundershirt to everyone I know that has a dog with anxieties!!

        • Lindsay Stordahl Author on February 16, 2016

          That is wonderful!

        • Robert Keenan on May 11, 2016

          That’s really good to know. A friend of mine has a Doxie with similar anxiety. The pup, Sammy, has problems when he’s left alone. Luckily it’s relatively rare that he is left alone. They have a big family and someone is almost always home w him. But I think, in a way, that might be the cause of the problem. When he does have to be alone he is mischievous and scratches his side w his mind leg and creates sores. I suggested a Thunder Shirt to them in the past but I think I will just buy one for Sammy for a gift. Glad it has helped you and your girl to feel more secure when her family is not at home.

          • Robert Keenan on May 29, 2016

            Wanted to follow-up with some good news. I sent my friends’ dog a Thunder Shirt two weeks ago and it has apparently worked wonders for him. My grateful friends report that Sammy is so much calmer “like a different dog” and that they can look forward to the 4th of July without the dread of the past few years. I am very happy the Thubder Shirt is working so well for Sammy. We are very lucky to have a pup who isn’t bothered by thunderstorms, fire crackers or other loud noises and glad to have a chance to help Sammy!

          • Lindsay Stordahl Author on May 29, 2016

            Wow! Great news

  32. bob martire on June 6, 2016

    We purchased a Thundershirt for my 7 month old Llewellen Setter from Amazon and it absolutely did NOT work. Our dog has some fear issues regarding large vehicles, especially garbage trucks, and some other loud noises. We used it for a 2 weeks and returned it for a refund. We did not notice any decipherable difference with or without shirt. It has been about 3 months since we returned it and found that exposure was the best method. He is still somewhat fearful, but nothing like when he was younger.

  33. Debi on October 21, 2016

    The Thundershirt is a JOKE if people would hire an In Home Dog Trainer all these issues could be solved. It’s all about DOG TRAINING.