Thunder Shirt for Dogs

 When considering buying a thunder shirt for dogs you will want to know how this product can help your dog. So, lets just look at the facts. The thunder shirt brand name suggests that this product is best for dog who is afraid of thunder.

It’s true that it has been designed for calming dogs when unexpected loud noises occur but it also has lots of applications and can help many dogs with other behavioral problems.

How the Thunder Shirt for Dogs Works.

The thunder shirt works by applying gentle, consistent pressure over your dogs upper body. It gives your dog an all over body hug which enables your dog to feel calm, safe, secure and confident.

After all, many bad behaviors in dogs are usually caused by fear emotions and your dog being fearful or confused.

Thunder shirts are great for dogs who have issues with the following:

  • Dog Separation Anxiety.
  • Fear of Thunder Storms.
  • Fear of Fireworks.
  • Travel Anxiety.
  • Crate Training.
  • Problem Barking.
  • Over excitement.
  • Hyperactivity.
  • Lead pulling.

Reasons to try the Thunder Shirt.

There are some great reasons to try the thunder shirt if your dog has experienced any of the above issues. Here is an example of some of the reasons why this is a great product.

  • The thunder shirt product has been endorsed by thousands of people including veterinarians and dog trainers.
  • Over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in their symptoms when using thunder shirt.
  • No Risk 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
  • Drug free way to help your dog.
  • Easy to use and only takes a few seconds to fit it on your dog.
  • Inexpensive – Average price of $36.00. ( I have paid over $40.00 for a dog coat just to keep my dog warm during walks)

Don’t take my word for it. Watch this 7 minute video to see the immediate results gained by these dog owners who are trying thunder shirt for the first time.

How to Measure your Dog For the Thunder Shirt.

It is really important that you measure your dog correctly before ordering your thunder shirt. It will not be totally effective if the thunder shirt is too small or too big so it is worthwhile to measure your dog. The measurement is done just behind the front legs where your dogs chest is widest. Here is a short 18 second video which shows you exactly how to measure your dog.

There you have lots of information about the effectiveness of this wonderful product. I don’t just recommend this product, I use it with my dogs and I have been really happy with the results.

Thunder Shirt Colors.


The Heather Grey color is the base design available from $36.00. The Navy Blue Rugby and the Pink Rugby are $5.00 extra.

You can also order your Thunder Shirt embroidered to personalize it for your dog for an extra $10.00. Embroidered Thunder Shirts can not be returned and no refund can be offered.

Veterinarian Endorsements For Thundershirt.

Thousands of veterinarians across the country are recommending Thundershirts as an effective anxiety treatment for dogs.

Dr. Donald Heagren, DVM
Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital
Durham, NC

“We’ve been using Thundershirt at my clinic, and the feedback from our clients is very positive. Thundershirt is a good alternative solution to try versus medications. And it will definitely ‘Do no harm’.”

Dr. Joanne Baldwin, DVM
Cardinal Animal Hospital
Richmond, VA

“I have used Thundershirt with my own dog and have seen a real improvement with her fear of thunderstorms and other loud noises. I am now recommending Thundershirt to my clients with good results.”

Dr. Mark Guise, DVM
Lockwillow Avenue Animal Hospital
Harrisburg, PA

“Overwhelmingly, Thundershirt has been a success with our cases for thunderstorms and fireworks.”

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Thanks for reading this article and spending the time to consider trying the thunder shirt for dogs.

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  1. WOW! Watching the video and the changes in behaviour when the thundershirt was put on the dogs was amazing. My sister has a dog that likes to jump all over people when they visit. I am going to get her to take a look at this article. Thank you!!

    • Thanks Simon.
      Yes the results of using the thunder shirt for dogs is amazing.
      I’m so glad I found the video because seeing for yourself is much more powerful than someone just telling you about it.

      Thanks again for your comment!

  2. Isn’t that incredible – a dog thunder shirt! The things people come up with, and create!

    • Hi Lina,

      Thanks for your comment – I know, it’s seems a bit “out there!!”

      The Thunder Shirt has been around for about 12 years now – but unless you had need for one you wouldn’t know anything about them.

      I discovered this product a few years ago and have been really pleased by the results.

  3. Hi Bev.
    We have been dog sitting my parents miniature poodle over the last six weeks while they have been on holidays. After watching the videos, I will be recommending the thunder shirts for dogs to the folks, as she can be a bit neurotic at times.

    Thanks for sharing,

    • Thanks for your comment Cade,

      I was really happy when I found the video because there is no hype, just real situations with reals dogs and their owners. The footage isn’t professional looking but clearly shows what a big difference the thunder shirt for dogs can make immediately.

      Thanks for recommending this to your parents.


  4. The thunder shirt sounds like a great option. I know how stressful it can be as an owner when dealing with dog behavioral problems – calmer dog, calmer owner :). It really does appear to be an effective security blanket.

    • Hi My Mood Disorders,

      The thunder shirt offers immediate results in around 80% of dog behavior cases. I really like the fact that it can help so many dogs and their owners really quickly. It’s completely drug free, easy to use and inexpensive.

      Thanks for your comment!

  5. G’day Bev,
    What I wouldn’t have given to have a thunder shirt for the most beautiful of the many dogs I have had. I adopted him when flying in Strahan Tasmania and brought him back to live with us in Sydney, Cairns and finally the Gold Coast. His name was Odie. He was the greatest sook / whimp you could imagine when thunder was in the area and Gold Coast gets a lot of it. All he wanted was to be nursed – usually sitting on my knee for hours and quivering / shivering. The thunder shirt would have been perfect for him.

    • Hi Harry,

      I hope this post will help many dogs like your beloved friend Odie. Fear of thunder storms is a really common in dogs, my border collie, Jack, was terrified of thunder. A few years ago a storm completely freaked Jack out; and he took off.

      It took me over an hour to find Jack (four miles away from home). He was drenched, shivering, cut and grazed, panicked and covered in burrs from running through the bush and brush. They say that necessity is the mother of invention. In my case, my necessity meant me finding the right invention. So, later that night I got online and found the thunder shirt, bought it and it helped him much more than I thought possible.

      I was surprised how easy it was to use and how effective it was for Jack. He sometimes finds it in the cupboard and brings out his thunder shirt for us to put on him. Maybe he wants to feel safe but I think he just likes wearing it 🙂

      Thanks for your comment Harry!

  6. What an amazing invention.
    It’s horrible to see animals stressed, but a bit bitter/sweet for me at the moment as a dog got into our back yard earlier this week and totally stressed out my bird 🙁 The dog was so hyperactive, he definitely needed a thunder shirt!

  7. Nice article for thunder shirt for dogs. My dog always hides under my bed when it’s thundering. I never thought there is a thunder shirt which will help the dog to calm down. Good information.

    • Hi Wilson,
      The thunder shirt might be just the thing for your dog. Glad I could help.

      Remember to watch the video on how to measure your dog before you order.

      Thanks for your comment!

  8. Gosh never ever realised that there was a thunder shirt for dogs! Our gorgeous dog would have so benefited from having one ….as he was such a sook when it came to loud bangs, thunder and fireworks. Thanks for the great article.


    • Thanks for your comment Lisa,

      The thunder shirt has been around for quite a while now – about 12 years – and continues to get excellent results for many dog owners all over the world.


  9. Hi Bev,

    The Thunder Shirt sounds like a fantastic product, hope they come in extra large, my golden retriever is a huge sooke when it comes to thunder storms and fire works.

    • Hi Belinda,

      The easiest way to find the size for your thunder shirt for your dog is to measure. Get a tape measure and measure around the widest part of the chest, just behind the front legs as described in the video above. you will need to measure in inches. Here is the link to Thunder Shirt Sizing Page on their website.

      The thunder shirt company has a big range of sizes and I’m sure there will the perfect size for your dog.

  10. I am so interested in buying a thunder shirt for my Min Pin but I do have one concern I’m hoping you can help me with.

    I rescued him and he had his front right leg amputated. I need to know this can stay securely on his body without fear of it hanging and him tripping and perhaps injuring his good leg.

    On the video it looks secure, but I know you’ll know first hand if this would work on a three legged dog. Living in Florida we get severe thunderstorms and he is just one big shaking ball of fur!

    Thank you for any help in this matter.

    • The Puppy Persuader says:

      Hi JoJo,

      I have not ever seen a thunder shirt on a three legged dog – but that is no reason to think that it won’t work. My best advice is to try it out and if it doesn’t meet your expectations then you can return it and get your money back.

      Go to the Thunder Shirt Website. They offer free chat service so you can have your questions answered about their returns policy. Ask how long you have to try out the Thunder Shirt before you need to send it back. You can also explain your dogs special needs and they are always glad to help. If the instant chat service is not operational – being outside of trading hours – you can leave a message and they will reply by email.

      I also found this on the Thunder shirt Website.

      “We Stand Behind Our Product. If for any reason Thundershirt isn’t right for your dog, simply return it for a refund of your purchase price”.

      As far as I understand the only time that thunder shirt will not refund your money is if you ordered embroidery to be placed on your thunder shirt. I think that is fair.

      Best of luck and please let me know if the thunder shirt was appropriate for your dog!

  11. Honestly I don’t see how this shirt could ease a dog’s anxiety when there’s thunder. However, I must say this. My dog (who I unfortunately gave away to a friend in Feb-11) got very attached to one of my tank-tops that she tore up. It became like her blanket and being with it helped her to feel calm. So, I definitely can see how the thunder shirt would work as an over-all mood comforter.

    • The Puppy Persuader says:

      Hi David,

      The explanation is that the thunder shirt places light but constant pressure on the upper body of the dog which calms the central nervous system. This in turn calms the dog’s mood. Unless you have see the thunder shirt in action for yourself, it is quite natural to be skeptical. The results I gained with my border collie, Jack, were nothing short of miraculous and I’m really glad that I decided to get one.

      It was well worth the money to me and to Jack. Now, at the first sign of a storm, I put his thunder shirt on. He is still aware of the storm, but is no longer panicked by it and he hasn’t tried to take off during a storm since we started using it.

  12. Jackthedawg says:

    Just got thundershirts for my 2 boyz, Jack and Chuck. I noticed almost instant results. They were much calmer and more relaxed. I let them wear it for a few hours and took it off. Then I note that they get anxious again. I wonder how long I can or should leave them on? The dogs love it.

    • The Puppy Persuader says:

      Hi Jackthedawg,

      It is a great question, I know that I have left the thundershirt on my dogs for more than two hours with no problem.

      I will put the question directly to the ThunderShirt Company and see what they suggest.

      They are not available for the live chat service at the moment – so I emailed them – as soon as I get an answer I will let you know.

  13. My little Bichon is not afraid of thunder, but is overactive! I have used the thundercoat for about a year now, and it is amazing! When he sees the coat, he tries to hide lol. I’m buy another for a friend who has a hyper dog. She saw it on my dog and couldn’t believe the difference.

    Thank you for a wonderful product. Wish I had invented the thing!!

  14. How interesting to know that a thunder shirt can change maximum of a dog behavior and helps us from many ways. I must use it for one of my brother’s dog and dieing to see the changes.
    Thanks to post

  15. Wow im impressed about this one my dog chaz is a very hyper, and sometimes its a bit anoying so when i started putting the thundershirts i see how calmly and relax he was Thank you for This wonderful product.