Thundershirt for Dogs

Oakville & Milton Humane Society

Oakville & Milton Humane Society

The  is a high intake, no kill shelter. We are very lucky to have a dog behaviour department with two full time trainers, both big believers in using Thunder Shirts to help dogs cope with generalized anxiety.  Because of our trainers we are able to say “yes!” to many dogs that most shelters would have to sadly say “no” to us. Many of our special dogs have been outdoor stray dogs, former puppy mill breeder dogs and dogs that have been removed from homes where they were abused and neglected. As a result of their horrible start in life, most if not all have anxiety issues and many will be part of our shelter family for a year or more as they learn to trust and love people again.
The Thunder Shirts you donated to our shelter a few years ago have made an incredible difference in the length of stay for our dogs and for their success in their “forever” homes!  We have literally  worn out the shirts that you generously donated. Our trainers always highly recommend your Thundershirt at adoption appointments and many of the new families have remarked on how the shirts have helped the dogs transition to their new homes.
One such dog was “Walter” a little beagle who was so “shut down” he would not make eye contact with anyone. He came in as a stray and given the time of year we assumed that he might have been a hunting dog that had become lost.  The trainers decided to try the Thunder Shirt on Walter because he was so clearly anxious all of the time…what a difference! The warm hug of the Thunder Shirt relaxed this sweet little boy and soon he was interacting with staff and volunteers. If Walter was wearing his Thunder Shirt we could go for a walk or out to our fenced field to play…the transformation was truly remarkable! Today, Walter is very well loved and lives a quiet life with his new family…who make sure he always has a Thunder Shirt at the ready :)
We have many more stories like Walter’s, including that of Gordo the German Shepherd who was so anxious in his run that he began to spin with dire consequences for his tail. Gordo would spin so fast that he would rip the skin on his body, especially his tail. We actually had to amputate a great portion of his tail as it was constantly getting cuts along the tail from where it would brush the sides of his run.  We began having Gordo wear a Thunder Shirt and in very little time these negative behaviors stopped and we was ready for a forever home.  Gordo’s big day came when  woman stopped by our shelter. She had recently lost her German Shepherd and fell for Gordo and he fell for her back! Today, Gordo is a very happy big lug of a German Shepherd who has a very close relationship with his new family!
Owner: Christine M, Dog: Shelby

Owner: Christine M, Dog: Shelby

“I really want to say thank you for changing my life and thank you for saving our 6 yr old chocolate lab Shelby.  I have spent well into the thousands trying to get to the bottom of Shelby’s excessive scratching and licking.  The pads on her feet were licked raw and she could not walk at times.  We had socks on her feet, as she had scratched almost all her belly hair off.  We were heartbroken!  Allergy test revealed nothing, so not being able to stand to see her suffer, we had been trying to find the courage to put her to sleep.  THEN I came across your page on the Internet looking for some help, and thought, ‘What the heck I’m going to give it a shot.’  OMG the minute we put the Thundershirt on her, she stopped!  I mean stopped everything; no scratching, no licking paws, for the first time without drugs to knock her out she slept so peacefully I cried!  I could not believe my eyes!  Well its been over a month now and I just ordered her a pretty pink one for a change. Thank you so much!!”

Christine M. & Shelby

Dog: Jennings, Owner: Margot

Dog: Jennings, Owner: Margot

Woof Woof,
My name is Jennings, and I am a 5 yr old Mini Goldendoodle from Massachusetts. Noises never bothered me when I was a little guy, but a couple of years ago, some neighbors of ours decided to have fireworks over and over and over…. and, well, I don’t like loud noises anymore. Mommy’s friend had bought a Thundershirt for her Sheepdog, and then her cousin bought one for his pug, so she got one for me. And guess what? She put it on during a FEROCIOUS thunderstorm we had, and I went right to my bed, curled up, and took a nap!!!!! Before that, I would have hid in a corner, panting!!! Mommy took a picture of me sleeping in my shirt because she was so thankful and she said it warmed her heart to know I wasn’t scared. I don’t really understand what she means (humans are confusing), but she said you would understand :)

Thank you Thundershirt, and many wags to you

~ Jennings the Mini Goldendoodle (and Mommy Margot Duzak)

Dr. Donald Heagren, DVM – Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital

Dr. Donald Heagren, DVM – Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital

“We’ve been using Thundershirt at my clinic, and the feedback from our clients is very positive. Thundershirt is a good alternative solution to try versus medications. And it will definitely ‘Do no harm’.”

Dr. Donald Heagren, DVM
Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital
Durham, NC

Dog: Wilson, Owner: Chris B.

Dog: Wilson, Owner: Chris B.

“Our Shih Tzu, Wilson is petrified during thunderstorms.  He paces, pants, shakes and will not leave my side.  I thought you would get a kick out of seeing him during a storm with his Thundershirt on.  Yes, he is breathing but out cold and snoring!  Yea Thundershirt!”

Minnesota

Dog: Burger, Owner: Michelle W.

Dog: Burger, Owner: Michelle W.

“We adopted our Australian Cattle Dog, Burger, from the county animal shelter and he is wonderful.  He is so happy in his new home, and regards thunder as an unseen intruder coming to do harm to him and his new family.  As much as we appreciated the sentiment behind his robust barking in our defense, he was clearly stressed, and the barking was wearing on our nerves as well.  When we put his Thundershirt on, he goes into a zen-like state and is transformed into the doggy Yoda you see in the photo.  We can’t thank you enough for making such an effective, chemical-free stress reducer!”

North Carolina

Nicole A.

Nicole A.

“I recently adopted a very friendly, 1 year-old, pit bull – boxer mix from a local rescue. For the first half of a typical day, he was extremely well-behaved and seemed to be adjusting well to his new home. However, I noticed that around 4-5 PM everyday he would become very rigid and painfully distracted. All of the commands we’d learned went straight out the window. When he wasn’t barking at the front door, he was pacing, desperately searching for something to chew on. He was completely overwhelmed by the sounds of people in my building returning home from work. I tried treat-stuffed toys, more exercise, running a fan for white noise – anything to distract him. Nothing seemed to work. I finally did some research online and came across the Thundershirt. What a great idea! I had to give it a shot. When I first introduced Rocky to the Thundershirt, he was more than apprehensive. I had to go very slowly, first offering him treats on top of the shirt, then laying it over him when he was exhausted from a run. The first time I put it on him, he was not a happy camper. He chewed at the shirt and spun around growling. I was only able to leave it on him for 10 minutes. HOWEVER, the second time, he walked right over to me (tail wagging) when he saw it in my hands! It was actually pretty amazing. He plopped himself on the floor in the next room and napped for an hour while people walked right past the door! Not one bark. When he woke up, he went straight to his chew toy and entertained himself for another hour without a sound. I’m very impressed with this product and so grateful for the relief it has given Rocky. And to anyone who feels discouraged after a less-than-perfect first try, try again! It really can take two or three usages to see results. Just be patient and stay positive!”

Owner: Jamie D., Dog: Shelby

Owner: Jamie D., Dog: Shelby

“WOW!!! I would not have believed it possible but the Thundershirt has been such a blessing for our English Shepard Shelby… She used to try to practically climb inside one of us when a storm was approaching but now we put on her Thundershirt and it calms her down immediately. We got one for our Lab too even though her reaction was not extreme… They look really cute together when they both have them on. Thank you so much for developing this product… IT WORKS…”

Massachusetts

Owner: Leanna T., Dog: Popeye

Owner: Leanna T., Dog: Popeye

“We found Popeye running down the street in our new neighborhood and took him in as a foster until he can be adopted out. It became apparent that he suffers from extreme seperation anxiety. He destroyed blinds, doors, baseboards and walls. He has managed to escape from every crate we tried, hurting himself in the process. His anxiety quickly transferred to the rest of my family, never knowing what we were coming home to was taking its toll. We tried herbal remedies, Prozac, sedatives, diet changes, distractions, kongs, tv’s and training – nothing worked! Then we invested a measly $40 in the Thundershirt and our entire lives have changed. The difference in his demeaner was immediate. We can now leave our house in peace knowing that it will look the same when we get back. Even more importantly, Popeye is set up for success when we manage to find him a lucky forever family.”

Arizona

Ron P.

Ron P.

“We rescued our little girl about two weeks ago and my wife said that when I left the house to run errands puppy howled the entire time that I was gone. My wife had to sedate her and this is not what we like to do with our fur babies. We were told about Thundershirt by our vet so we purchased one. It worked the very first time that she wore it! She remained calm and even took a nap while I was gone. She wears it whenever I leave now and it is just amazing. No more calming meds, just her Thundershirt! It is very easy to put it on her too. We are all very happy and we recommend trying it first before using any drugs. It is the best purchase we have made other than paying the adoption fee for our new baby. Thanks Thundershirt!

Arizona