Summer storm season is here.  We’re used to preparing our homes and yards for storm season but what about our pets?  Storms – and the load noises that go with them – can cause our pets much anxiety and fear.  So what can we do to help?

If your dog suffers whenever there’s a storm one option worth trying is the Thundershirt.  The Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited.   Based on surveys the company completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using Thundershirt. 

It also comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee if you returnit within 45 days - but we don't think you will !

So how and why does it work?

Thundershirt for DogsExperts believe that the gentle pressure works to calm a dog and that pressure has a calming effect of the nervous system.  Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years across a range of uses:

  • TTouch dog trainers use pressure to address a wide variety of anxieties.
  • Veterinarians use pressure to relax cattle when they are administering vaccinations.
  • People with autism use pressure to relieve their persistent anxiety.
  • Children with certain behavioral problems use pressure shirts and weighted vests to relax and focus.
  • Parents use swaddling to calm an inconsolable newborn infant.

There’s no training or tricks involved - just put Thundershirt onto your dog and you will likely see results with the very first usage.  For some dogs it may take a little longer like two to three usages to see results.

It’s also very easy to put on.  Just lay it over your dog’s back and secure with the chest and torso straps. The fasteners make Thundershirt very adjustable to many different body shapes. 

The Thundershirt is available in four sizes to suit all shapes and breeds.

So you’ve got the Thundershirt, what else can you do to help your pet this storm season?

  • Try playing their favourite game in the lead up to and during the storm - make storms seem like one of the best fun times.  Obviously if they're already too stressed this wont help.
  • A permanent pet ID such as microchip is advised to help you locate your pet in case they get lost.
  • Have a recent photograph of your pet that can be posted on lost and found sites.
  • During a storm, you can play pet-friendly, classical music, or even run a load of dishes or laundry. The calming or familiar noise may be relaxing to your pets.
  • Also, have your pets’ favorite toy, blanket and/or bed nearby during a severe storm.

Watch the Before and After shot of the Thundershirt in action.