This weighted doggie vest keeps my pup calm during storms and more—and it's on sale at Amazon

Izabella Zaydenberg
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Your pup will love it. (Photo: Amazon)
Your pup will love it. (Photo: Amazon)

My pup – a chihuahua and pomeranian mix — is a combination of two things: fear and fury. While she loves nothing more than to flex the latter any time someone rings my doorbell or she sees another dog, more often than not, she’s being a scaredy-dog and hiding under a pile of pillows. Of course, like most pooches, Chloe is terrified of sirens, fireworks and storms — and nothing terrifies her more than a sudden bout of lightning or a snow flurry outside our window.

While calming treats help a bit, for the really bad storms — like the snowstorm the east coast is currently being pelted with — we like to bundle up in a jacket designed specially to calm anxious pups. Enter: The ThunderShirt.

The adorable little vest—on sale right now in various sizes — is essentially a weighted blanket for pooches. It applies gentle and steady pressure (kind of the way your weighted blanket does) which helps calm pups in stressful situations. It’s not just for storms; in fact, you can use it for vet visits, travel, and even if you have to head out without your pooch in tow.

According to the brand, the machine-washable vest works on over 80 percent of pups that try it. It certainly works for Chloe — the moment she slips into the top, she heads to bed and goes straight to sleep. No more cowering under a pillow fort!

Shop it: Thundershirt Classic Dog Anxiety Jacket, starting at $15 (with on-page coupon), amazon.com

You and your pup can rest easy. (Photo: Amazon)
You and your pup can rest easy. (Photo: Amazon)

It’s available in seven sizes for every dog, big or small — there’s one for pups under seven pounds (like some chihuahuas and Yorkies) and even dogs over 110 pounds, like Great Danes. The vest has plenty of fans: Over 15,400 puppy paw-rents have rated the vest a perfect five stars! Even better: Select sizes are on sale for up to $30 off.

“OMG this piece of cloth was a godsend for my rescue,” one adopter shared. “...Long story short, she does not like to be left alone, she gets anxious and destructive (she destroyed three crates with us!) when she's alone for too long. After working with her then adding the Thundershirt she became a completely different dog. I don't know what this magical shirt is all about, but it worked for my girl!!! We use it during storms, (she absolutely hates thunder) fireworks, when we visit grandma, and when we're going to be out of the house for more than a few hours. It almost INSTANTLY calms her. It's a miracle in a box!!”

Shop it: Thundershirt Classic Dog Anxiety Jacket, starting at $15 (with on-page coupon), amazon.com

Use it for storms, the vet, car trips and more. (Photo: Amazon)
Use it for storms, the vet, car trips and more. (Photo: Amazon)

Another parent of a scaredy-pup agreed: “My dog is THAT dog. The one that shakes if you even say her name. The one that has a mini panic attack when you get home. The one that tries to constantly lick your face. However, as soon as I put this on her the shaking stops and she just appears to be so relaxed.”

In short: “I have a pup who is super anxious throughout most of the day,” one five-star reviewer shared. “I work 9 to 5 and fortunately get to come home for lunch to spend time with her. But when she's alone, she tends to bark a lot. As soon as I put her vest on (which she gets super excited for), she quickly calms down. Sometimes, she even takes a nap with it on. This vest is unbelievable. I was super skeptical when I purchased it, but I am so glad I did!”

Shop it: Thundershirt Classic Dog Anxiety Jacket, starting at $15 (with on-page coupon), amazon.com

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