Using Pressure to Treat Your Dogs Separation Anxiety



Leaving your dog or puppy home alone is never easy, but for many dogs, separation from their families can cause severe anxiety and real problems. Veterinarians and trainers call this condition “dog separation anxiety.” Based on our survey of over 2,000 dog owners in the United States, over 13% of all dogs suffer from separation anxiety. And the consequences can be severe for your dog, your family and your property. 


According to our surveys and other sources (such as the ASPCA), separation anxiety affects older dogs and puppies alike, and can include a wide variety of symptoms such as indoor urination, defecation, destruction of furniture, barking, howling, chewing, digging, escape attempts and other anxious behaviors. Some dogs express it as restlessness, an attempt to keep you from leaving, or the appearance of general depression. It’s heartbreaking to know that your dog is suffering while you are away, but separation is an unavoidable reality for most families.


A ThunderShirt is the easiest, safest solution to try for your dog’s separation anxiety. ThunderShirt works by applying a gentle, calming pressure around your dog’s torso. It’s like a “hug” and relaxes most dogs. We developed ThunderShirt to treat dogs who were dangerously terrified of thunderstorms, but we’ve seen tremendous success for separation anxiety. ThunderShirt has helped millions of dogs to cope with their families being away with a very high success rate. Simply wearing a ThunderShirt helps most dogs to reduce or eliminate any anxiety. It really can be that simple.


Unlike with medications, your dog will not be sedated or risk unwanted side effects, and you won’t be making frequent vet visits for expensive prescription refills. Just put ThunderShirt on your pooch and you likely will come home to a happier, calmer dog. Whether you have a rescue dog, a shelter dog, or a new puppy, ThunderShirt can really work to improve their lives, and yours.

Comments 3

  1. I have a 12 wk old puppy that I just got. He suffers from separation anxiety. He howls, cries, barks, paces when he can’t see me (I have only had him 3 days so this was not my doings). If I go outside and play with him in the yard he’s fine. But I can’t leave him alone to run errands, etc. because of his anxiety issues. The Thundershirt DID NOT HELP! Any suggestions?
    Thank you.

  2. Our 10 month old Yorker-sheltie mix has serious separation anxiety. It started with him destroying things while we were gone. We tried keeping him in the bathroom, and he literally tore our entire shower curtain down. So we tried crating him, which led to notes on our apartment door from a neighbor about how they can hear him barking/howling/whining up and down the hall. So yesterday we got a ThunderShirt. My partner put it on him before he left for work, except by the time I got home our dog had chewed the jacket off somehow. The jacket is still in one piece, so perhaps we put it on wrong?

    I would appreciate some advice. Should we have him wear all the time so he’s used to it when we leave? Should we put the jacket on and also crate him at the same time? We have other dogs (who don’t have anxiety), so we were thinking we could put the jacket on and leave him out of the crate so he wouldn’t chew the entire house. But I hadn’t anticipated himfinding a way to remove the jacket.

    My main question is whether I should have our pup wear it regularly while we’re around. When should/shouldn’t we have him wear it to get him used to it. Specially when dealing with separation anxiety.

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