Review at a Glance
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Product: ThunderShirt Dog Anxiety Jacket
Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Sizes: XXS-XXL for dogs from <7-110 lbs+
Money Back Guarantee: Full refund within 30 days of purchase on Amazon.com
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
My relationship with the Thundershirt began over 10 years ago with our sweet Golden Retriever, Dutchess. She was terrified of loud noises–thunderstorms, fireworks, gunshots, lawn mowers–you name it! If it was loud, Dutchess was scared of it.
To make matters worse, we live in the East Texas countryside where storms, fireworks, and guns are the norm. Shoot, our neighbors blew stuff up for fun, making our windows rattle (eye roll).
Dutchess’ typical response to loud noises was to hide in either my closet or the laundry room, shaking uncontrollably and panting hard for hours, long after the noise had passed.
However, my good friend had heard of this great new dog product called the Thundershirt which claimed to help anxious dogs. So, I bought one, and Dutchess was on the road to calmer, happier days. Each time we put on her ThunderShirt, she visibly calmed and laid down. No more panting or shaking!
ThunderShirt Dog Anxiety Jacket, Product Overview
ThunderShirt was the very first of its kind on the market and remains the top-selling dog anxiety jacket of all time. There’s a reason for this—it works. In fact, it works so well that they offer a money-back guarantee.
According to Thunderworks, creator of the ThunderShirt, on Amazon.com:
- ThunderShirt is already helping millions of dogs with anxiety and effectively calms over 80% of cases
- Recommended by veterinarians and trainers for thunder, fireworks, separation anxiety, travel and vet visits
- ThunderShirt is a safe and drug-free solution; no training and no medication, so your dog stays totally drug-free.
- The patented ThunderShirt design applies gentle, constant pressure to calm anxiety, fear, and over-excitement due to a variety of environmental triggers
- Money Back Guarantee: If you are not satisfied for any reason, simply return for a refund of your purchase price
ThunderShirts are crafted from comfortable, machine-washable fabrics and are designed to wrap around your dog, with Velcro closures to secure them in place. In fact, there’s no need to pull anything over your dog’s head! You’re simply wrapping your dog—kind of like swaddling a baby.
To wrap your dog in his ThunderShirt, follow three simple steps:
- Lay the ThunderShirt on your dog’s back and attach the Velcro flaps loosely around his neck
- Wrap the chest flaps around your dog’s torso
- Adjust the top flap down for a snug, but comfy, fit
Additionally, each ThunderShirt has a small ThunderSpray patch intended for use with essential oils. Just spray or place a few drops of your dog’s calming essential oil onto the patch for additional, calming effects.
The ThunderShirt comes in three basic styles, giving you a variety to choose from. They all offer the same calming effect for your dog, so which one you choose is really just a matter of preference in style.
As a matter of fact, ThunderShirts vary only in fabric, color, and slight differences in flap configurations.
The ThunderShirt Classic style comes with reflective piping for safety. It comes in one color: heather gray.
ThunderShirt Sport is designed for comfort and comes in two colors: fuchsia and platinum. It is 100% polyester.
ThunderShirt Polo is available in the widest variety of colors: blue, pink, red and camo.
All styles are offered in sizes XS-XXL, fitting dogs who weigh approximately 7-100 lbs. All are machine washable.
Pros and Cons
- Vet recommended
- Available in 7 sizes, from XXS-XXL
- Velcro closures give your dog a custom fit
- Comes in 3 styles and a variety of colors
- Soft, comfortable fabric
- Machine washable
- Easy to use
- Satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back
- Not 100% effective—20% of all dogs show no relief from anxiety jackets/shirts of any brand
- Velcro closures can be loud when released, which scares the poop out of some dogs—this should be overcome by most dogs when they start associating the shirt with comfort and security
ThunderShirt is THUNDER-IFFIC
We love our ThunderShirt and give the product a huge thumbs up. Thousands of satisfied dog owners, veterinarians, and trainers have expressed their happiness and confidence in the ThunderShirt’s ability to calm anxiety in dogs.
The first of its kind in the industry, ThunderShirt’s patented design has been copied by other companies, but none has lived up to the ThunderShirt reputation or exceeded it in sales.
ThunderShirt—for insanely calm dogs!
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