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How to Create Your Own DIY Thundershirt for Dogs

By: Kelli Rascoe

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There are a number of reasons why your dog may become scared or anxious. From fireworks to separation anxiety, your dog may want something to provide them some comfort. Every dog may react differently to a stressor, whether it’s in your environment or right outside your home. Fortunately, with the help of items like toys and clothing, you can help provide them some calm inside your very own house. For example, a DIY Thundershirt for dogs is a wearable clothing item for your pet that may help bring them some peace when they’re stressed. In this installment of our at-home DIY series, read on to learn more about how to make your own DIY Thundershirt for your best friend and the importance of having a safe and pet-friendly space.

How to make your own DIY Thundershirt for dogs

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A DIY Thundershirt for dogs can be made in a wide variety of ways. For example, depending on your dog’s size or breed you may want to take into account what type of material to make your shirt.

Consider the following:

  • Scarf
  • Fleece
  • Ace bandage
  • Old t-shirt

Naturally, those are just a few options to consider for your furry friend, for an additional resource check out this Barkpost DIY guide.

Steps to make your own DIY Thundershirt for dogs

Now that you’ve decided you’re going to make an anxiety wrap, where do you start?

According to The K9 of Mine blog, it all may depend on the type of material you’re choosing to make your wrap. Below are some steps to consider if you’re using a scarf or ace bandage for your pet.

  1. Place the bandage or scarf across the dog’s chest.

  2. Bring both ends of the bandage up and cross over your dog’s shoulders. For example, cross the material at the base of your dog’s shoulders and cross any loose ends on the stomach.

  3. Tie the loose ends over the top of the lower back.

Also, depending on the type of material or your dog’s size you may have to modify steps for the ideal fit. Further, your dog should always be able to move, sit, and lay down comfortably.

For a more advanced DIY Thundershirt for dogs, check out this K9 of Mine tutorial below.

The benefits of a DIY anxiety wrap

A DIY anxiety wrap is meant to provide comfort for your best friend. Also, it’s meant to de-stress and calm them when they’re in an anxious or in an overly excited state.

Naturally, every dog is different, and it may take some pet’s time to adjust to wearing clothing items.

If you have any questions, please seek the guidance of your veterinarian. Further, they can help recommend the best course of action and treatment plan for your dog.

Tips to help your anxious furry family member

Pet enrichment is a great way to help your pet with their anxiety. Consider incorporating enrichment and toys to help ease their stress. For example, items like snuffle mats, puzzle feeders, and interactive toys can help curb behavior cues and keep them busy.

  • Exercise is a great way to enrich your pet’s day. Take a walk to provide your dog with some mental and physical stimulation.

  • Take the time to interact and bond with your pet with an indoor scavenger hunt.

  • Let your pet enjoy some playtime in the backyard with their own DIY dog agility course.

  • Providing a safe and comfortable space when they’re stressed may help provide them peace.

  • Providing love, affection, pets, and cuddles to your furry friend may help ease their woes.

A curly haired blonde dog wearing a thundershirt

Making a DIY Thundershirt for dogs may help them feel better

At the end of the day, you just want your best to be happy and healthy. A DIY project gives you the chance to be creative and better help your pet.

By taking into account your dog’s breed, age, and size, what type of design you would like to make, and consulting with your veterinarian, your pup may be ready to wear your DIY outfit for the ultimate cozy day.

What are some of your favorite ways to make your own DIY Thundershirt?

To learn more about pet care, read this Separation Anxiety in Dogs and Cats Guide.

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