THE GOOD DOG: Keep Fido stress-free on New Year's Eve

December 26, 2012
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I hope that everyone had a safe and wonderful Christmas, and that all of our four-legged friends enjoyed being spoiled rotten with goodies!

With New Year’s Eve coming up, I wanted to give you all a couple of ideas to help keep your dog or dogs stress-free, since many people like setting off fireworks (which are still illegal in El Paso County) and consuming large quantities of alcohol, then getting loud and rambunctious.

The first one is a holistic liquid that has been around, and used by us for years, called Rescue Remedy. A few drops on the tongue, or in the water dish, and it will generally mellow out your dog, without over-sedating him. It can be found in most health food stores, and I believe that some pet stores are now carrying it, as well.

The second product is relatively new, and we have received excellent feedback about its efficacy, from clients and other professionals alike. It’s called the Thundershirt, and it is like a snug-fitting jacket that calms the dog.

As always, I am skeptical of new “wonder gadgets,” but I was pleasantly surprised to hear so many extremely positive reports about it that I had to help spread the word. If your dog has anxiety issues, especially with loud noises, I strongly encourage you to check out the Thundershirt, and please send me feedback, good or bad!

I only recommend products that I know work, so please give me some feedback on this one.

Lastly, if you have neighbors that insist upon making New Year’s Eve sound like a battlefield, get video, and call the authorities. Exploding fireworks are illegal, are a fire hazard, and can really stress-out dogs. It is easier to mend fences with neighbors than to rehabilitate a dog that has been traumatized by fireworks.

Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve, and I’ll talk to you next year!

Jim Beinlich and his wife Bianca own Cool K9’s Dog Training in Colorado Springs. Find them at or on Facebook at

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