Helping Dogs Relax with the ThunderShirt

Posted on Jun 12 2015 - 12:38am by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: Budget Earth received products for this review. All opinions, however, are honest and my own.

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As some of you know, we recently added a new puppy to our family. Ivi is a bundle of joy and of course, an adorable itty bitty puppy! Like most puppies though, she has been a bit anxious, especially when it comes to being left alone (even if we leave a room). For puppies, this is completely normal, especially as young as this sweet little babe who just left her mommy and litter mates. Wanting her to feel more confident, especially during crate time, we decided to go with a method that we knew worked with Reya and helped her feel more confident as a pup – the ThunderShirt.

ThunderShirt: What is It?

Looking for a way to deal with canine anxiety without the use of drugs, one that is completley safe for your dog? If so, we think you will love the ThunderShirt! This 100% safe shirt applies gentle, constant pressure, similar to when humans swaddle an infant. With an 80% success rate during scientific studies, it is one of the best positive, drug-free solutions to dealing with pet anxiety, stress, and even excitement by using your dog’s natural instincts to calm them. Since it does use your dog’s natural instincts to stay calm, it doesn’t require training or anything scary, making it something dogs actually look forward to wearing. To learn more about the ThunderShirt, watch the video below!



ThunderShirt: Overall

While the ThunderShirt worked fairly well with Reya, nothing is like the ThunderShirt for Ivi. Normally, our poor girl will start crying the moment my husband or I leave a room. If both of us dare to leave, we can expect to hear her screaming and barking at the top of her lungs, eventually turning into howls. As you can guess, we haven’t had too much ‘leave the house’ time since the puppy arrived. At least, this is how we felt before we tried the ThunderShirt. Even though she wasn’t thrilled about wearing it at first, she was quickly more confident and has started feeling more comfortable being alone. While we still have some little cries, overall we are sleeping, playing with our toys, and just being a good girl. Really, I don’t think I can recommend the ThunderShirt enough to new dog parents. Best of all, I get to see cute little Ivi smile more since she loves putting on this shirt – it makes her so happy! Based on how much it has helped Ivi, w are happy to give the ThunderShirt an A+ rating!

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ThunderShirt: Where to Purchase

Want to purchase this wonderful shirt for your own pup? You can buy the ThunderShirt on their website for only $39.95. You can also find the ThunderShirt at Petsmart, Petco, and

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Want to learn more? Check out ThunderShirt on Social Media!

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DisclosureBudget Earth did not receive monetary compensation for this review, but did receive products for review purpose.  All opinions on this product are my own honest assessment, and may differ from our readers’ opinions. 

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

13 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Elizabeth T June 12, 2015 at 7:06 am - Reply

    I think my pup needs one of these too! She just turned 7 months but still my puppy lol. She has some serious separation anxiety when I leave the room or even go to the bath room. She tends to whine and bark and tare up things. She has gotten better since she is a bit older but she still does it. When it storms it gets worse too!

  2. RANDY FULGHAM June 12, 2015 at 7:47 am - Reply

    what will they think of next, this is amazing and i might need to get one for JR MY DOG…HE is a big whimp and goes crazy if he knows i am going some where

  3. Faith June 12, 2015 at 7:53 am - Reply

    This shirt works great for a friend who adopted an (ex-racing) Greyhound; her new dog had lots of anxiety during storms, but was like a different dog when using this shirt. Amazing.

  4. Jennifer Boehme June 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I have a puppymill survivor and she has separation anxiety so bad nothing the vet has done helps. I have not tried this yet. I want to see if it even helps a little. I notice a tiny difference when she wears her jammies, I have to tie the legs up on her back, too long for her. It’s like the tied clothing around her back helps. Thanks for doing a review for our furkids!!

    • Susan Bewley June 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      You are very welcome, Jennifer. I have heard so many wonderful stories about the ThunderShirt. The pressure really seems to make a difference. When Reya was a puppy, I noticed the same thing with clothing. If you try out the ThunderShirt, let me know how it goes!

  5. Nicole Dziedzic June 12, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    This is a very innovative product, we just got a new puppy too! He is a cute little chow names Ming, and he could greatly benefit from this Thunder shirt, very interested in this.

  6. Doris H June 12, 2015 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    I love this product….it is the first time I’ve ever seen it. What a great idea to help reduce anxiety!

  7. Tawny June 12, 2015 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    I sure wish there was something that could calm my cat down. He’s scared of everything and everybody except for me. I’m glad they have something to help dogs though.

  8. terry myers June 13, 2015 at 6:07 am - Reply

    I would try this but my baby is not scared of thunder

  9. Nancy June 13, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    The Thunder Shirt works great fir csrs, too! I wish I’d known about it years ago for my cat who has separation anxiety and fear of storms, It paid for itself with the first use. I moved three states away and he slept the whole trip with it on! A++!

  10. nicole krutz June 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    I have thought about trying this for my 6 year old anxious toy poodle but wasn’t sure it would really work, now I would be more willing to try it out!

  11. Wanda McHenry June 17, 2015 at 7:26 am - Reply

    The Thundershirt really does work! When my dog was a puppy we had to use it, but now that she’s an adult she has grown out of that anxious phase so we don’t have a need for it anymore. 🙂

  12. Sue M. June 19, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    I know a lot of dog owners who really love the Thundershirt, and it would be very nice to have, especially with the upcoming July 4 with dogs being scared by the fireworks. Thanks for posting!

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