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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Does the Thundershirt actually work?

Hiya everyone!
Our week is coming to a close, and oh my dog! The weather actually feels like summer for a change!
Beautiful, sunny, and warm. Pawfect for August!

Since most of our readers are either pet lovers or pet owners, I am paw-sitive that most of you have heard of the Thundershirt. But the million dollar question may still remain for some.

Does the Thundershirt actually work?

I have wondered that myself for quite some time, although I have never had a dog that would have had a need for it.
Until Koda.


For those of you who aren't sure, let me fill you in on what exactly the Thundershirt is, and what is it used for.

Have you ever had a dog who was afraid of thunder?
Or maybe one who had extreme separation anxiety?
Is your pet uncomfortable with travelling?

Thundershirt was created in order to find a way to calm our dogs down in a situation such as the 3 listed above. (and many more) Not only calm them, but do our best to keep them comfortable in situations that make them nervous or anxious.
To put it in layman's terms, Thundershirt basically gives your dog a big hug. Putting very gentle pressure on his body. Think of it as swaddling a newborn baby. Swaddling them relaxes the babe.
This is the same idea.

Below shows a diagram of how to properly fit the Thundershirt.

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Koda just turned 1 year old in April. When we first got him, he was kept in a crate any time we had to leave the house. I have crate trained dogs several times, and am not a newbie when it comes to this. But Koda was my exception. He did not like the crate. He would cry the whole time we were away, and bounce the crate across the room. I was afraid he was going to hurt himself. So, we decided to leave him out in the house with my other two huskies.

You can say I was more than thrilled to have the opportunity to review the Thundershirt.
Koda has separation anxiety. He is my big suck and does not like when I have to leave the house.
When I come home, he tends to go a little crazy. He get's very over excited and most of the time, ends up peeing on the floor.

When I got the Thundershirt in the mail, I tried it right away.
We were away for a couple hours, and I am sad to say, that when we returned, there seemed to be no change in Koda's excitement. My first thought was "ahh no! Now I have to give a poor review for this product." I wasn't happy.



However, I wasn't going to give up on it just yet.
I decided to test it out when I had company come over. When anyone comes to the door, he gets very excited, and jumps up on people.
This time the Thundershirt DID make a difference. It wasn't perfect, but he was definitely more calm then usual.


I was beginning to see some hope for this product!
Just yesterday, we went out in the boat for a few hours, and I had Koda in his Thundershirt while we were away. Once we returned, he was a different dog. He didn't jump up, he didn't pee from over excitement. I was thrilled! This product is really starting to work!

We have tested it 3 times now, and I will be doing updated posts on his progress.
If your interested in a Thundershirt for your dog, visit Thundershirt.com to order yours!

DID YOU KNOW?

The Thundershirt is not just for dogs??
That's right! You can also get one for your kitty too!

Thanks for coming by everyone! See you tomorrow for The Pet Parade Blog Hop!


This post was part of our Thoughtless Thursday blog hop.
Hosted by Ruckus the Eskie, and me, from Love is being owned by a husky!


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*I was given a Thundershirt in exchange for my honest review of the product. Love is being owned by a husky only shares information which we feel is relevant to our readers. I was not compensated in any other way, and the opinions expressed in this post are my own.


34 comments:

  1. That's awesome that the Thundershirt works for Koda! Unfortunately I didn't have much luck with it with Zoe's noise phobia.

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    1. Oh I am sorry to hear that.
      I was worried at first, but it does seem to be making a difference now though.

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  2. Sometimes with these things it take a few goes to get results,we will keep our fingers and paws crossed that it continues to work,xx Rachel ad Speedy

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    1. Yes, that is my hope too! Thanks Rachel and Speedy :)

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  3. Thanks...we will have to give this a try!

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    1. Your welcome :) Please keep us updated on whether or not it works for your pup.

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  4. We too hope it continues to work and in the meantime we will rely on our favourite hiding hole behind the sofa. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Aww Molly. Have you considered trying out the Thundershirt?

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  5. Hi Y'all,
    I'm impressed with the way Koda behaved when people came to visit.
    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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    1. Hi Hawk! I was too. I am anxious to keep on putting the Thundershirt to the test.

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  6. We have heard a lot of positive things about it. Thankfully, we don't have an issue that would make use of one. We do need something to stop Bailie from destuffing items, but I don't think that has been invented yet!

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    1. I had no use for it either, until Koda came along. He does need it, and I hope it contues to work for him.
      BOL! I wish that was invented too! We have a de-stuffing issue at my house!

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  7. Mom had read a lot about thundershirts because Vaks is so afraid when we have thundering. For some dogs it works and for some dogs it don't work. It is very expensive here in Denmark so she is waiting a bit more before she eventually buys one.

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    1. Ok, I see. I hope your able to get one and see how it works for Vaks. Hopefully the Thundershirt can help him too!

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  8. I have five rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds, and two of them - Kyoko and Seiji - are especially fearful of thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. They had most likely been owned by hunters, although we have no history on them. Kyoko DOES have buckshot in her, so likely she's been hit when the hunter shot at the game he was hunting. Poor girl, I really do understand why she's frightened of loud sounds, since a gunshot is loud. I have Thundershirts for both Seiji and Kyoko, and they work great when we have a mild storm. They help tremendously when we have a severe storm or there are fireworks going off, but I usually have to couple the Thundershirt with a camling spray or something to keep them as calm as I'd like. I hate seeing them so scared, and the Thundershirts have really helped. I know of some other dogs they have really helped with. Each dog is different though, and for some it may work great and others not so much. I know my dogs calm down when I hug and cuddle them, so they are very touch sensitive. I'd think that a dog that wasn't may not respond to the Thundershirt as well, but that's just my speculation.

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    1. Makes perfect sense. Yes, dogs are very touch sensitive, your right about that too!
      I'm so glad to hear it works so well for you. I have heard of those sprays as well, and I am thinking they would make a great addition to the Thundershirt itself.
      Thanks so much for coming by, and sharing your progress with the Thundershirt as well.

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  9. So happy to see that the Thundershirt has helped you! It didn't really work for Mauja : / She doesn't like things on her body and I think it just stressed her out more to be wearing it. We've been trying to desensitize her to the Thundershirt so that hopefully it can be helpful in the future!

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    1. That is understandable. I have heard that some dogs will do their best to stay away from things like the Thundershirt. I wonder if maybe putting in on her for a couple minutes out of each day, while your giving treats and whatnot, if that could possibly help her get used to it? Maybe increase the time she wears it slowly but surely as time goes on?

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  10. It has helped Sam since he became terrified of t-storms. Wish I'd had one for Buddy when he was younger because of his hyper separation anxiety.

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    1. That's great to hear! Yes, I think the Thundershirt would have worked great for Buddy as well.

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  11. That is pawsome! Who knew a shirt could help with anxiety!
    I might have to look into the kitty one, because Mikko has separation anxiety. He cries and cries when I am gone. I had a friend over one time, and I ran to the store to get some chips or whatever it was...and she told me that he wouldnt stop meowing!

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  12. What a great idea. No we had never heard of a thundershirt before but that is a great great idea.

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  13. We love the Thundershirt! Great post.

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  14. Hailey's thunder shirt seems to take the edge off her anxiety. She doesn't completely relax, but she is able to go to a hiding place and not destroy anything.

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    1. Interesting. Better than nothing I suppose! I'm glad it helps her relax a bit :)

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  15. I'm so glad it's helping Koda! We first tried one on our golden Moses who was terrified of thunderstorms. The first time we put it on him, he just stood stock still and wouldn't move! Well, at least he wasn't pacing around and panting! It did help him in future uses....it didn't eliminate his fear but it certainly alleviated it. It didn't seem to work as well for Sheba, but after reading this, I realize we need to keep trying! We actually haven't had many thunderstorms so far this year....and they've all been mild (knock wood).
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

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    1. I completely understand. I was really worried when the Thundershirt didn't work on the first try. I haven't had to give a bad review on anything yet, and I knew I was going to have to after this didn't work. I am glad I didn't give up, because it seems to really help now! I will definitely keep you posted on his progress!

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  16. I'm glad you seen some improvement, I haven't seen that color yet. Very cool.

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    1. Love the camo! When I saw that one, I just had to have it!

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  17. Thanks for the review. i was wondering if it's still working as I'm going away for 5 weeks and we have someone minding our dogs. one of them is very anxious, so I want to help him and the minder!

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    1. I think a thundershirt would be a great option. It seems to help my boy Koda. It is definitely worth a shot!

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