Thundershirt

This spring Bagelkins has been extremely edgy about the weather. A few weeks ago there were some mild storms in our area, and for some reason they were bothering her even more than normal. It got to that point that even the sound of garbage dumpsters being rolled to the curb set her into a frenzy. Nighttime in general began making her misbehave, as she associated darkness with bad weather. She was whining, panting, crying. No one in our house was getting enough sleep and everyone was grouchy. So we went out and purchased her a Thundershirt. It was $35 and I figured it was a scam, but I was desperate.

Bagelkins, recipient of a new bone and her very own Thundershirt! Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord.

We put her in it and told her how cute she was, and she didn’t mind it nearly as much as I thought she would. The weather got better and she started calming down, so I temporarily forgot about Thundershirt.

Last night, however, there was some thunder and lightning once again, and Bagelkins became extremely uncomfortable. We decided it was time to put Thundershirt into action. Bill velcroed her in, and she seemed to actually like it; she didn’t fight him at all, but stood there patiently with an expression on her face that I’d almost call pleased. Once in it, she looked adorable. Like a little kid in footy pajamas. Seriously, nothing is cuter than a dog in a Thundershirt.

Bagelkins in her Thundershirt. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord.

She immediately calmed down, stopped yawning, stopped panting, and after about fifteen minutes she FELL ASLEEP! Granted, the storm passed over us with little effect, but in the past, a nervous mood could last for hours, long after danger had passed.

Bill and Bagelkins. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord.

Thundershirts are GREAT. They really do work. Bagelkins, when she’s nervous, is a mess. Drooling, crying, you name it. It’s not easy to watch her suffering so much, and to not be able to help her. Now it seems that we have a real solution to this problem.

If a Thundershirt can calm her down, I think it could help any dog. I posted about this on Facebook when we first got it, and I got mainly positive feedback from several people. If you have a dog who has any kind of anxiety problems, I think you should try this.

©2012 All photographs on this page by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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4 replies to “Thundershirt

  1. Holly, thanks so much for your review of this product. My husband and In have wondered about it for some time, whether it was worth the money, etc. Our dog Princess used to have a terrible time in the car – panting and quaking, although that has started to calm down over the past couple of years. (Princess is 5 years old now.) The main problem we have with her is constant barking at NOTHING! She thinks she hears a knock on the door, or a doorbell will ring on the TV and she goes berserk! I have read that the Thundershirt is supposed to be good for problem barking as well. She has no problems with storms, oddly enough. Our dog we had before Princess had a terrible time with thunderstorms and fireworks. She was in consolable and used to break our hearts. We even tried her on Valium during those times, but it didn’t really help. I wish I had known about Thundershirts back then, because we definitely would have gotten one for her! If you know of anyone who has used one successfully for problem barking, I would love to hear about it! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Paula. I have heard Thundershirts soothe all kinds of dog anxiety. I think you should try one for your dog’s barking issues. If Thundershirt helps, you will be glad you did, and if it doesn’t help, you can return it. We bought ours at Petsmart and the girl who helped us purchase it stressed that it’s 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Good luck!

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