Calming Body Wrap

A calming body wrap can make your dog feel safe and secure. There are different options.

  • You can purchase something ready made like the Thundershirt which comes in all sizes. If you are in Houston, you can get them at Urban Tails. If you are not in Houston, you can get them here:
    Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment- (XX-Small) - Heather Gray
    Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment- (X-Small) - Heather Gray
    Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment- (Small) - Heather Gray
    Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment- (Medium) - Heather Gray
    Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment Wrap, Large, Heather Grey
    Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment- (X-Large) - Heather Gray
  • You can wrap you dog in saran wrap.
  • You can wrap your dog with an ace bandage (will need 1 or 2 depending on size of dog.)
  • For larger dogs, a horse leg wrap (also called polo wrap) works well. It has Velcro on the ends of it, too.
  • Here is how to create the calming body wrap:

  • Wrap your dog in a figure 8 around the chest, across the back, under the tail and back around. See photo of reluctant Lady as she is not used to this.
  • You can also go around each hind leg. If a dog is sensitive with their hindquarters, you can just do a half wrap by finishing the wrap before you reach their back legs. See photo of Angel who was a bit more cooperative.
  • Make the wrap secure enough where they feel “hugged” but where you do not pinch their skin or catch their hair.
  • Tie the ends or pin them with diaper pins. I simply tied as I don't need wraps and don't have the pins. Getting something with velcro on the end would be ideal.
  • Leave the wrap on for as long as necessary but do not leave your dog unattended.
  • Lady showing the full wrap.

    Angel showing the half wrap.

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