For what types of symptoms will Thundershirt work?
Thundershirt is effective for a wide variety of anxiety symptoms. For noise anxiety, those symptoms include shaking, panting, drooling, yawning, barking/whining, hyperactivity, eliminating indoors, clawing, digging, hiding, and clinging to owners.
Will it work the first time my dog wears Thundershirt?
Most dogs show significant improvement within minutes of putting Thundershirt on for the first time. Some others take two to three usages before they show significant improvement.
How tight is “too tight”?
Thundershirt should only have comfortable pressure on your dog. How do you judge “comfortable”? You should be able to easily slip you fingers under the Thundershirt. For the neck straps, they should only be gently stretched… no pressure is needed around the front chest area; the benefit from Thundershirt comes from the pressure around the torso behind the front legs. When securing the torso straps, you should be stretching the fabric, but it does not require any strenuous force.
How long can my dog wear Thundershirt?
Thundershirt is comfortable and safe to wear for extended periods. Thundershirt is an excellent treatment for most types of dog anxiety and fear issues. For many anxieties, we recommend just putting on a Thundershirt and observing the results.
Small: 16”-23” 15-25 lbs
Medium: 18”- 26” 20-50 lbs
Large: 24”-32” 40-70 lbs (most greyhounds)
XL: 31”- 40” 60-100 lbs
Fitting the ThunderShirt:
• Step 1
Place the Thundershirt on your dog’s back and wrap the Short Flap under the torso.
• Step 2
Wrap the Long Flap under the torso and secure with Velcro onto the short flap. Make a comfortable, but snug, fit. You should be able to easily slide your fingers between the Thundershirt and your dog’s torso.
• Step 3
Wrap the Top Flap down onto the Long Flap and secure with Velcro. Adjust to improve the snug fit and keep Thundershirt securely in place.
• Step 4
Wrap the Chest Straps around the front of the dog and secure with Velcro. You should be able to easily slide your fingers under the Chest Straps and should not feel restricting around your dog’s neck.