“The THUNDERSHIRTS are the real deal. I have 3 large rescue senior dogs that truly benefit during storms and even general anxiety. I am a dog trainer; training mainly group classes that include a SHY dog class. I recommend Thundershirts to all – great product that does as it claims.”
“In my experience as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and dog owner, the Thundershirt can dramatically relieve a dog’s anxieties associated with thunderstorms, fireworks, travel, etc. The even, gentle pressure of the Thundershirt can refocus the dog to a more relaxed, calmer state. Using Thundershirt to relieve the symptoms of anxiety is a good alternative to medications and at $36, it’s a terrific value.”
Jenn Merritt, CPDT
“As a Physical Therapist and Tellington TTouch Instructor, I frequently teach about the effectiveness of pressure wraps to reduce anxiety and fear responses in dogs. The Thundershirt is the perfect tool for calming dogs who suffer from noise phobia, anxiety, and other fear related issues. My personal experience using the Thundershirt with my own dogs has been very positive, and I happen to live in Oklahoma where storms are both frequent and dramatic! Thank you for providing this valuable product to help dogs cope with these environmental stressors.
Kathy Cascade, PT
International TTouch Instructor
“Pressure wraps are an effective, non-invasive way to help dogs to feel more at ease. I like the Thundershirt especially because of its soft material, easy-to-apply Velcro closures, and low cost. I recommend this product to my training clients for thunderstorm phobias, nail trims, and a variety of other fears such as sounds, riding in the car, and generalized fear of walking outdoors. I wish the Thundershirt had been around when my thunder-phobic German Shepherd was alive. I’m glad dogs everywhere can now reap its benefits.“
Nicole Wilde, CPDT-KA
Help for Your Fearful Dog
Here’s some news about 2 experiences that I’ve made with the thundershirt: First, I’ve tried it with an afraid/agressiv poodle in a consultation. Even if I had no comparativ, the owner told me that her dog was less afraid during the therapy. Second, I’ve tried it with my own dog Lazuli, who’s a little anxious (a golden on 5 years old, who afraid of noises, even if she was very well socialised). Today, on a animal therapy session, she pee and pooped for the first time out side, even if there was a lot of noises ! Also, she was a lot calmer during the session. She likes humans so much but at the same time, she hates new noises.
The only way I could trim my dogs nails would be to have my husband restrain her. But not with Thundershirt!
Sonoma County, CA
I am doing some volunteering training for a rescue group called All For Dogs Rescue in Redmond, Oregon. I last wrote about Aspen the fearful pittie and how the Thundershirt really made a difference in her behavior. Aspen’s Mom, was very surprised and very happy when for the first time in months her big pit bull female who shakes and hides when she tries to take her to work with her tried the Thundershirt. The last time she wore the Thundershirt she said this dog was not the same dog. She jumped out of the car wagging her tail and ready to go. Her Mom said at first when I had showed her the Thundershirt and explained the principle behind it she thought this was just a little “woo woo” for her but the proof was in the pudding when this very fearful dog is all of a sudden acting like super dog. When I first met Aspen two weeks ago this dog was barking and would not touch me with a ten foot pole. Now I can’t get her off of me. The simplest things can make such a big difference in an animal’s life. Change the perception of the world and the animal thrives. Change the perception of the dog and the animal thrives. Change the owner’s attitude and the dog thrives.
“Caffeine, one of my own dogs, started to become very fearful during thunderstorms last year. I had heard and read about pressure wraps reducing and anxiety and fear many times, and when another trainer mentioned the Thundershirt to me I decided to give it a try. What a difference it made! This is now a tool in my toolbox.”
“I have experimented with the Thundershirt and found it easy to use and effective for all of my clients’ dogs who wore it. One client said the results were “dramatic.” I recommend the Thundershirt as a viable adjunct when working with fearful, less confident dogs.”