The Thundershirt Product Review is finally complete. In June 2011, I contacted Thundershirt.com and asked if they would be willing to donate a Thundershirt for an actual thundershirt product review and they graciously said “yes”.

I in turn would donate the thundershirt to my blog visitor of choice.

In Order To Do The Thundershirt Product Review – I Wanted A Dog Who Was The Worst Case Scenario

I was looking for a dog with a severe case of thunder phobia to test the thundershirt. A dog much like my own “Lulu” was when she was still alive and much like “Max” whose story also prompted me really dive into this topic.

After watching Lulu suffer for 14 years with such severe anxiety to storms and then read Max’s story; I felt compelled to do what I could for these suffering dogs and their owners.

It was time to test the thundershirt.

“Bandit” Was Chosen To Test The Thundershirt

Not long after the company agreed to donate a thundershirt for a test; a comment came through on my blog from Susan. Bingo! “Bandit” was the dog that I was looking for. He had all the classic signs of severe anxiety and fear of thunder, plus he was getting progressively worse.

Here’s the original comment from Bandit’s owner Susan:
This story of max and lulu have brought me to tears, part due to feeling your pain, as well as my fear.

Our 12 year old lab/dalmation mix Bandit has always had a thunder phobia. However these past few months have been worse than I could ever imagine. He has chewed and torn off siding and downspouts and just 2 days ago chewed the water supply from the well to house in garage. We also have a gas line line and my husband was terrified.

If he had chewed that, then disaster was inevitable. I’m not giving up on him yet. Thanks for the support.

Susan’s comment brought tears to my eyes. It brought back all the memories of my Lulu’s fear.

Setting Up The Test For The Thundershirt Product Review

Not long after Susan submitted her comment, I contacted her and asked if she would be willing to do a test and product review for me and she agreed.

Test Results For The Thundershirt

The weather didn’t want to cooperate at first. Finally, we got some storms. Here is the original, untouched testimonial from Susan:

“Sorry for the delay. I had a sudden family emergency that has taken all my attention.

As far as the thundershirt …it calms Bandit down considerably. He is still anxious and needs to have someone here during the storm, but as soon as I put on the thundershirt, he is much easier to calm. He will actually lay down instead of excessive pacing the house.

Thanks for donating this thundershirt for Bandit. Not only has it helped us, but Bandit as well!!!”

Conclusion

There you have it everybody, the thundershirt works! The thundershirt worked on a dog who was much like my Lulu and Max. I realize that it’s not going to work for every dog, but it sure is worth a shot.

Had I known years ago, what I know now, there is absolutely no doubt that I would have spent $36 for one of these shirts that may have given both of us a little peace and comfort.

Plus, I would have doubled up and armed myself with Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy which also gets some pretty good reviews from consumers. 4 out of 5 stars based on 156 people. Not too shabby.

I purchased one for my doberman “Jenna”.

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  • Darlene
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    I’ve heard of the thundershirt. I may try it with Taka[my female Akita]. I wouldn’t say her case is very severe but I love my 2 dogs and I guess you may say I’m as a mom with children. A couple days ago at about 4 am Taka was at my bedside because we were having the worst thunder and lightening I’ve seen in a long time. She was having such a hard time. Turns out I didn’t get any sleep because of having to do what I could to help her
    Sometimes she actually does pretty well, she’ll just lie down close to me, but then there are other times when it’s pretty hard for her.
    I’m gonna check out the thundershirt

    • admin
      Reply

      I think it would certainly help Taka especially since she is no where near as bad as “Bandit” is. I know what you mean about being a mom with children – we’re mom’s to furry kids! Nothing wrong with that. 😮

      Janie

  • Sue
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    We use a combination of Thundershirt, cuddling, playing ball (i.e., counterconditioning), and Xanax for our thunderphobic BC. The Thundershirt does seem to help bring down her anxiety level.

    But I would also suggest Bandit’s mom talk to a vet behaviorist and consider whether meds would help. With our girl, things were getting worse, with her trembling up to two hours after a storm had passed.

    Since we added Xanax to the mix, that hasn’t happened and she’s gotten much better at relaxing during the worst storms without needing any medication.

    • admin
      Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing this awesome information Sue. Huge help!

    • susan phillips ( bandits mom )
      Reply

      we had been using valium before the thundershirt..it took so long to kick in that there were times the storm would beover before the meds kicked in. with the thundershirt it is an extra tool to give us a little more time to react as well as use less meds! bandit just got his 13 yr check up. the vet was impressed with his health..said she would never guess his age! thanks again janie

      • admin
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        Hi Susan:
        So good to hear from you. I’m am absolutely thrilled that the thundershirt has made a difference for Bandit. 13 years old and doing that well means you’re definitely doing something right! That’s great. Reading your comment today – really just made my day.

        You’re very welcome and I’m just glad to have found you and Bandit! I’ll never hesitate again when it comes to the Thundershirt; should any of my dogs suffer the anxiety that Lulu did – I’ll order one in a heartbeat. We keep learning everyday don’t we Susan?

        You give your boy a big hug from me o.k. I hope that I didn’t rush you along too much with the review, I had people asking me.

        Janie

  • Nancy Rigg
    Reply

    We have a beagle/daschaund mix with severe thunder/fireworks anxiety. We’ve had many sleepless nights due to her trembling, pacing, drooling, panting. We can’t leave her alone because she will have accidents. In the past we would wrap her in a towel and attempt to calm her down. It was impossible to relax, because she would constantly try to run away. We bought the thundershirt and it has helped a lot!! Her anxiety has lessened by 50% – 80% (depending on the severity of the storm). She allows us to hold her and will actually lay down. After about 15 minutes she relaxes and will sometimes fall asleep. No more sleepless nights for us!!! We would highly recommend this product and have told all our friends 🙂

    • admin
      Reply

      Hi Nancy:
      I wanted to “thank” you so much for your review of the thundershirt! I just can’t thank everyone enough for sharing their stories and reviews. I know that the stories and reviews will make a big difference for everyone out there wondering about the thundershirt.

      Thank you again for taking the time to share your story.
      Janie 😮

  • Jaynie
    Reply

    I am so glad I found your blog and this review! I adopted my Sheltie, Bela (a former puppy mill mama, age about 5 years) about two months ago, and she came with a LOT of baggage. One of which was a fear of thunderstorms and fireworks.

    After some research and some sleepless nights and one horrible midnight where a tree came crashing through the wall (hubby didn’t even wake up), I ordered Bela a Thundershirt. You would not believe the change in this dog. She went from being aloof, scared, and hiding under the bed trembling for hours on end to coming to me wherever I am the moment thunder starts. (This from a dog who literally knows NOTHING – not come, heel, sit, stay, etc.) We have had an unusual amount of storms this summer (I am in Georgia, where we had the spring tornadoes) and I don’t know how we would have made it without the Thundershirt. Bela seems to like it. She stops pacing and won’t hide under the bed. She still thinks she has to be touching me somewhere, but that’s mild compared to what she was like before.

    I also used a holistic preparation called Rescue Remedy, which also helps when used in conjunction with the Thundershirt. She actually likes the taste of the drops, so it’s easy to give to her.

    I hope this review (and my seconding) will persuade other owners with thunder-fearing dogs to try it. Yes, they are a little pricey, but what price can you put on comforting your dog’s anxiety?

    P.S. This also helps with any kind of noise-based anxiety. I use it on Bela when I run the vacuum cleaner.

    • admin
      Reply

      Hi Jaynie:
      Thank you so much for your review of the thundershirt as well!! I can’t thank you enough for sharing your story and how you use the thundershirt in conjunction with Rescue Remedy. Your review will help to make a difference for someone else out there struggling!

      Janie 😮

  • Sally
    Reply

    Wow, Jaynie’s story sounds so much like ours.

    We rescued our Golden Retriever/Great Pyrenees mix “Tucker” who also came with Thunder, fireworks, any loud noise anxiety. After three sleepless nights when the neighbors put off fireworks for July 4th, I finally ordered a Thundershirt at the recommendation of my daughter.

    It has made a huge difference. Tucker used to hide in my closet at the first clap of thunder or car backfiring. Now, I put the Thundershirt on him and he stands perfectly still for a minute – not quite sure what to do…and then he will lay down.

    No more pacing and scratching at my closet door. I would say it has helped at least 80%. He curls up close to me or my husband and has even fallen asleep during fireworks. Amazing.

    • admin
      Reply

      Thanks for sharing Sally. Another great story!

      Janie 😮

  • Renee
    Reply

    LOVE IT!!!!! Woozle, my Pom has been terrified of storms since he was just a puppy (not to mention he’s nervous about walking on hard(wood) floors. I researched the Thundershirt and was very interested but I’m one who likes to see and touch something before I buy it but couldn’t find it in any pet stores until I stopped at Decadent Dogs in South Haven and they had them.

    I was impressed with the quality and material of the shirt and the impressive 45 day COMPLETE money back guarantee.

    The first storm we had, I didn’t put the shirt on until after the storm started so he was already in a panic. The next storm, I put his shirt on about an hour before and noticed a big improvement although he was still scared, NOTHING like he usually was. I did the same thing for the next few storms and each time, he improved. He also walks on the hard floors with ease.

    We had strong storms come through today, he had his shirt on well before it started and he continued to act perfectly normal!

    I absolutely recommend the Thundershirt to anyone who’s dog has anxiety problems because it seems to work on other issues besides thunder.

  • Jaynie
    Reply

    Hate to barge in again, but I left something out of my first comment.

    If you are having doubts about spending the money for a Thundershirt, you can try wrapping your dog in an elastic bandage during/before a period of anxiety. I did this a few times before I was sure the compression made a difference, then ordered the Thundershirt (which is MUCH easier than using the elastic bandage).

    • admin
      Reply

      Hey Jaynie:
      Excellent idea and thank you for sharing!! I would have never thought of that. 😮

      Janie

  • Teresa
    Reply

    Bought the thunder jacket and thought at first it helped some. But then we had more storms and nothing seems to help. My dog is getting worse! Sleepless nights for all of us and she is already on prescription anti-depressants and nerve medicine. If anyone has any suggestions I’m defintely willing to listen!!

    • admin
      Reply

      Teresa:
      Have you read through all the comments here. There are some excellent alternatives. Others recommend using oil on the pads of the feet along with the thunderjacket.

      Go through the series of articles and check all the comments – there are alot of them with some great ideas.
      janie

  • sathyam
    Reply

    I am very much attached to my dog and he is a good companion. But for the last few months I have found that my pet is becoming irritated and he feels uncomfortable. I took him to the doctor to make him relaxed but nothing changed.

    I came across this product and was a little confused whether it will really heal the problem or not. But now, I think that I have made an intelligent decision and my dog feels relaxed and calm.

  • Nancy Morgan
    Reply

    We bought a little rescue dog, chihuahua and maybe Beagle. She is very timid but barks like crazy when we have anyone come in the house. She snapped at our five year old grand daughter which was extremely upsetting. We put a Thunder Shirt on her and she acted as if she had been beaten….totally changed her disposition and personality plus she wouldn’t come near me for hours. It really helped the barking problem when a neighbor came over. Will she get better and used to it over time?

    • admin
      Reply

      Hi Nancy:
      Let me ask you a question. Have you ever put any other type of clothing on your chihuahua or is this the first time?

      Janie

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