The Thundershirt is The Best Solution for Dog Anxiety.
Thundershirt’s patent-pending design applies a gentle,
constant pressure to a dog’s torso that has a dramatic calming effect for most
- Recommended by thousands of veterinarians and dog
- Over an 80% success rate.
- Completely safe and comfortable for dogs.
• Any anxiety, fear or over-excitement issue.
Anytime calming may have a benefit, a Thundershirt may have a benefit.
• Uses include fear of thunder, fireworks, separation
anxiety, travel, general anxiety or fearfulness, reactivity towards other
animals or people, problem barking, problem jumping and more.
• Also an excellent training tool for at-home training
or during multi-dog training classes. Wearing the Thundershirt will calm your
dog. A calmer dog is a more focused dog. A more focused dog will learn more
• Over an 80% success rate for a wide variety
• Recommended by thousands of veterinarians and
• Very easy to put on and take off. Simply lay
Thundershirt on your dog’s back and fasten the
hook and loop closures. No head or leg holes to struggle with.
• Completely comfortable and safe for your dog. Safe to
leave your dog unsupervised while
wearing a Thundershirt (e.g. For separation anxiety or storms while you are
• Lightweight and breathable fabric. Overheating is not
typically a concern, regardless of how much
fur your dog may have. Dog’s cool themselves primarily through their mouths and
paws. However, in extreme temperatures (over 30 degrees C) or in tropical
climates, it is advisable to monitor your dog for overheating.
• Machine washable in cold water. Recommend hang
Does Thundershirt Work?
Thundershirt applies gentle, constant pressure to a dog’s torso and
this pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs. Anxiety experts
believe that the pressure may release a calming hormone like endorphins or
oxcytocins, but using pressure is not at all a new idea for relieving anxiety. Pressure has been used for years for:
• Swaddling infants.
• Dr. Temple Grandin’s work with people with autism.
• Special Needs Teachers using pressure shirts for a
wide variety of behavioral disorders.
Thundershirt is just the first product to make using
pressure easy with dogs!
Sizing: Thundershirt is available in seven sizes for dogs
from 3 lbs to 200 lbs. Chest size is the best measurement to use when fitting your dog, but weight may be used if chest size
is not available Please refer toour Sizing Guide page.
When fitting a Thundershirt on a male dog, the straps that go around the
stomach area should not cover or push on the genitals or prepuce. If the
Thundershirt rubs against the genitals or prepuce, irritation may result.
Common Are Anxiety and Fear Problems for Dogs?
Very! Based on a comprehensive survey of the general dog population,
29% of all dogs suffer from fear and anxiety problems. That’s over 20 million
dogs in the United States!
Noise anxiety is the most common issue with 17% of all dogs.
Separation anxiety is the next most common with 13% of all
Some interesting facts:
• Dogs suffer from more anxiety and fear issues
as they age. Dogs over 8 years old are more than
50% more likely to have an anxiety problem than dogs under 3 years old.
• Female and male dogs are equally likely to have
anxiety or fear issues.
• Dogs living in multi-dog households are 50% LESS
likely to have anxiety issues than dogs living in single-dog households.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions:
What training is required for using Thundershirt for anxiety and fear
For many types of anxiety… none! Just follow the simple
introduction steps provided with the instructions for your dog to become
accustomed to the Thundershirt. Then simply put the Thundershirt on
before or during the next anxiety-provoking event and you will likely see
results with the very first usage.
In addition, for many dogs, the benefits will increase with
each following use. It may take three to five usages to see maximum
results. For more serious anxiety cases for which a Thundershirt alone
does not provide the desired results, we recommend consulting with a qualified dog
trainer for how to integrate Thundershirt into an appropriate training
program. Thundershirt’s calming benefits can be an excellent
addition to any training program.
tightly should I wrap the Thundershirt on my dog?
Comfortably snug around the torso and never restrictive around the neck
area. The Thundershirt should not cause any discomfort for your dog, but should
apply gentle constant pressure around the torso. It’s the pressure that
provides the calming benefit. You can snug up the Thundershirt while pulling
the flaps around the torso and as long as you can easily slide your fingers
underneath, there shouldn’t be any issue.
I wash and dry Thundershirt? Remove hair from the closure hooks?
Thundershirt is made with durable, washable fabric. When necessary,
Thundershirt may be washed
in a regular cycle using regular laundry detergent and warm water. Hang to
dry. When washing in the machine, we recommend fastening the hook and
loop fasteners to prevent them from snagging on your Thundershirt or other items in the wash.
If necessary, to remove dog hair from your Thundershirt’s closure hooks, we
recommend using a
standard dog “slicker” brush. A couple of strokes and the hooks will be nearly
long can I leave a Thundershirt on my dog?
Thundershirt is designed to be safe to leave on your dog for extended
periods of time when appropriate for the situation or issue that you are
addressing. Thundershirt is made out of lightweight, breathable fabric, so over-heating is very rarely an issue. It is typically safe
to leave a dog unsupervised while wearing a Thundershirt. However, in
extreme temperatures (over 30 degrees C) or in tropical climates, it is
advisable to monitor your dog for overheating.
do I put Thundershirt onto my dog?
We designed Thundershirt to be very easy to put on your dog, even if
she is already in a state of anxiety. Nothing to pull over your dogs head
and holes to thread legs through. Simply lay the Thundershirt over the dog’s
back and fasten the adjustable fasteners. Detailed instructions are in
there any special sizing and fit considerations for male dogs?
When fitting a Thundershirt on a male dog, the straps that go around
the stomach area should not
cover or push on the genitals or prepuce. If the Thundershirt rubs against the
genitals or prepuce,
irritation may result.
Is overheating a concern when using a Thundershirt?
Except in extreme conditions (e.g. >30 degrees celcius in the sun),
overheating is not typically
a concern when using a Thundershirt. Dogs cool themselves primarily through
their mouths and
paws, and a Thundershirt is constructed of a lightweight, breathable fabric.
The state of Florida is one of Thundershirt’s biggest markets.
But if you feel that overheating might be a problem for your particular circumstance,
please monitor your dog for any signs of overheating such as heavy panting or
tongue hanging out of the mouth. Remove the Thundershirt if you see any signs of
for when a Thundershirt appears to not be working?
Over 80% of dogs respond to Thundershirt’s gentle, constant
pressure, but of course that means
some dogs do not. A few questions and suggestions are below to
perhaps get better results for
• Have you tried making the
Thundershirt a little more “snug”? But please note…it should never
be uncomfortable …just “comfortably snug” around the torso and never
restrictive around the neck area. You may be able to increase the
snugness around the torso and see improvement.
• Have you tried using a
Thundershirt in combination with any other approaches? Thousands of
trainers across the country use Thundershirts as part of training programs.
Thundershirt’s calming effect helps dogs to better focus during training…a more
focused dog is a faster learning dog!
• Is your dog comfortable in the
Thundershirt? Almost all dogs quickly learn to like wearing a
Thundershirt. We hear from customers all the time that their dogs will
literally seek out their Thundershirt during times of stress! But if your dog
is showing signs of not liking the Thundershirt, please take additional steps
to help your pup learn to love it. After putting the Thundershirt on, will your
dog eat treats? If he is willing to eat with the Thundershirt on, that is
usually a good sign that he is not too anxious. Try putting on the Thundershirt
WITHOUT other stressors present (e.g. no guests over), and give lots of high
value treats and engage in play.
repeated use of a Thundershirt desensitize my dog to its calming effect?
We’ve already helped many tens of thousands of dogs, and we’ve seen
very few cases where a Thundershirt appears to have lost its positive effects
over time. In many cases, we’ve actually seen the opposite. Through the use of
Thundershirt over time, many dogs learn to become calm during the circumstances
that previously bothered them!
Thundershirt allows many dogs to experience the problem in a
calmer, less fearful state. Over time, this enables some dogs to learn to be
less fearful of the problem situation even without Thundershirt! The underlying
symptoms diminish, or in some cases are eliminated entirely.
a Thundershirt help my dog during agility or other competitions?
We have had very good results with dogs that have suffered anxiety
problems in agility and other competitions. Thundershirt’s calming effect can
help to get them focused on the tasks at hand. Symptoms for which we have seen great results
include reactivity, fearfulness, distractibility, and
Couldn’t I just use a tight t-shirt or an ace bandage to apply the
Yes you could, but there are several major advantages to using a
1. A Thundershirt is very easy to put on and take off. With
Thundershirt, you don’t have to pull
anything over your dog’s head or try to thread legs through leg holes. That can
be very difficult
with many dogs, especially if they are already anxious!
2. The gentle, constant pressure is the key to
Thundershirt’s success. Our patent-pending design makes Thundershirt very easy
to adjust to get the proper pressure. With t-shirts and ace bandages, it can be
very challenging to maintain the pressure.
3. The Thundershirt can be left on without supervision. It
is as safe to wear as the typical dog collar. A dog shouldn’t be left
unsupervised while wearing an ace bandage. And dogs can more easily get tangled
up in t-shirts.
4. And we think a Thundershirt looks better too! But of
course, you can judge that for yourself…