My mother in law's Staffy Blue has a nervous disposition...oddly he can withstand thunderstorms, fireworks etc, but rattle a bag near him and he jumps a mile!
He is also extremely nervous of other dogs, which sometimes causes him to come across as looking aggressive - he tries hard to stop the dogs coming near him! Then one day in the park, my mother in law Linda met a lady with a staffy who was wearing a thundershirt and asked her about it. The lady explained that her dog was a rescue who was very nervous when out on a walk, and the thundershirt helped her dog immensely... this got Linda thinking about how one would help Blue.
Linda went and bought a thundershirt straight away, and tried it on Blue. Immediately, she could tell the shirt had a calming influence on him. When he wears the shirt out on a walk, he walks much more confidently, which helps keep other dogs from being too boisterous and "in his face". Thundershirts can be likened to babies being swaddled - the close fitting outfit makes the dog feel more secure.
There are over a thousand great reviews but wanted to share another one about a staffy owner had left on Amazon, which I thought was amazing:
"I have a large male staffy who is terrified of bangs, thunder, fireworks, excitable with strangers and I had brought the plug ins but nothing helped him. Then I brought him a thunder shirt and have never been so happy with a purchase in my life!! The first try was when my dad popped round he is just excitable for a minute or so but with I put the shirt on anyway and he instantly became calm he still greeted my dad in a lovely sloppy way but all on ground level with no jumping. Tonight we have had fireworks - someone even set them off at 4.30pm on our evening walk, he didn't like this one bit but I got him home and on went the shirt. He had a minute or so of considering being anxious but now he is fast asleep, I have a film of him last year - he pants until he passes out and a film of him tonight snoring like an old man. I literally cannot praise this product enough - I love it so much I felt compelled to actually do this review. I've never written one before as never felt that satisfied!!"
And also wanted to share another 5 star review from a staffy owner on Amazon:
"Excellent!! I bought one of these years ago from a pet shop randomly for my Staffy who has serious separation anxiety and obsessive tail chasing issues. I used it on him and it defo helped so much that I didn’t need to use it and forgot I had one! But I travel with my dogs (I now have 4, a shih tzu, Staffy, bullmastiff and blue French bulldog). which means long days in the car and over night on the ferry in kennels for them. My Shih Tzu is very highly strung and even though the vets would give him tablets for travel he would still get so worked up he’d chew the kennel till he would bleed his gums! We even tried flying them instead and same outcome. It was either stop travelling with them (really not an option as life dictates travel) or find a new solution.
Then I remembered this coat!! Couldn’t find them anywhere online in Ireland but thankfully Amazon came to the rescue!! Ordered and arrived before we were due to travel and I used them on the way over and back on the ferry and guess what........No bleeding gums and not highly stressed dogs!!!"