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Have you ever used a Thundershirt?

asked 2014-09-22 12:32:49 -0600

I purchased a Thundershirt for my rescue dog who lacks confidence and is a busy little girl. It doesn't seem to do a thing. She doesn't mind having it put on, and behaves much the same as always. Did I just buy a scam?

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Thundershirt is one of those things that doesn't work for everyone. (Kind of like a "One Size Fits All") There are some dogs it really helps, but others that it doesn't seem to make a difference. The snug feeling can calm some personalities, but I wish there was a way to know in advance!

Susan B.'s profile image Susan B.  ( 2015-08-27 15:34:39 -0600 ) edit

I am my dogs thunder buddy. Nothing really seems to help except me being there. I leave all the doors open on any stormy day so they can roam around as they please. It's the only thing I know that protects my doors from their claws. I also close my curtains all around so at least they don't see the flashes. Good luck.

Anibel S.'s profile image Anibel S.  ( 2015-08-31 00:31:25 -0600 ) edit

I have used this shirt and it helped tremendously to ease the anxiety for one my dogs i pet sit for.you can also try putting lavender oil on the shirt too.its a calming oil for humans as well for animals.

Lisa D.'s profile image Lisa D.  ( 2015-11-05 09:16:09 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2014-09-24 12:44:17 -0600

My girls are split 50/50 on the Thundershirts. Chica and Blanca try to get them off, but Tini and Rita just love theirs!

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answered 2014-09-24 12:35:10 -0600

Did nothing for my pug, Brutus. He is deathly afraid of garbage day!!!

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answered 2014-09-24 13:59:07 -0600

Too expensive.

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answered 2014-10-08 11:52:39 -0600

I've used a thunder shirt with my dogs, and it worked very well. Especially when we have a few houseguests over and it gets a little loud. Something very soothing about it.

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answered 2015-03-29 17:59:13 -0600

I use a tight perfectly fitted doggie shirt instead...

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answered 2014-10-01 22:27:11 -0600

I have a thunder shirt for our dog and I can't say it makes a huge difference. However, I think he associates it with storms and fireworks since it only goes on when those events are happening. I'm sure I could have done a better job of putting it on him on days when nothing was going to happen. That, or his fears are just too extreme. He has full blown pretty severe anxiety attacks during storms and fireworks and nothing calms him down.

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answered 2015-03-28 14:59:29 -0600

I've talked to owners who have tried it and the majority say it does not work. The cost is far too high to "hope" it works.

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answered 2015-08-26 23:10:10 -0600

Worked wonders for my corgi, who is terrified of fireworks. Well worth the price!! It's a one-time cost, and compared to tranquillisers, the the stress of having a terrified dog, the price is a bargain!

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answered 2015-07-08 12:57:35 -0600

If I just harness my labradoodle into the car for local rides, she's whining the whole time. She seems to be nervous even though she wants to go for a ride vs. being left at home in her cage. If I put her Thundershirt on her and harness, I can drive her from NJ to TN for 12 hrs and hardly hear a sound out of her. Inside the house, her behavior changes immediately when I put it on and she's immediately calm. Best money I ever spent on a pet item.

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answered 2015-08-26 15:42:11 -0600

Hazel has never needed a thundershirt.

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