Short Synopsis: 90 dogs with diagnosed anxiety disorders were split into 3 groups: proper Thundershirt wrap, loose wrap, and no wrap. Thundershirts, when properly applied, helped lower heart rate and reduce visible calming signals in a group of dogs diagnosed with anxiety disorders, but didn’t show an improvement in overall behavioral outcomes.
Authors:Camille King, Laurie Buffington, Thomas J.Smith, TempleGrandin
Publication: Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Volume 9, Issue 5, Pages 215-221
Publication Date:September–October 2014,
Applies To: fearful dogs, separation anxiety, Thundershirts
Sample Size: 90 dogs
Limitations/Drawbacks: Some of the dogs in the study were also on anxiety medication