puppy anxiety

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Maybe put the dog in a room that isn’t being packed up, give her a place to feel safe in there or hide behind. Put a bone/rawhide with her, a toy she likes or a blanket, something comforting.

Post # 4
39 posts

@mattsgirl813:  my dog hates moving, I mean she will destroy things, get sick, even eat items that then require surgery to remove because she cant handle it. what I noticed calmed her down was to have her see that we packed out stuff and packed her stuff in the same boxes. The moment we got to our new place I busted out dog bed, treats and toys and made it an hour long play time. Dont pack everything of the pups up leave a bed or blanket that they love but make sure if you arent moving everything at once than every few trips the dog comes with and you leave something of theirs at the new location. 

Post # 5
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Is there a place in the house that she likes best? 

Usually my dogs seem to feel safest in the places they sleep (their crates or our bedroom which has a dog bed and our bed).  Our dogs don’t like change at all so moving is always trouble.  What I do while packing is try to keep the dogs near me and comfort them.  When I’m doing something or leave the house I confin them to the bedroom.  Keep boxes out of there, and make sure the bed (or their crates if I put them in there) has familiar blakets and toys.  Most shelter dogs are scared of changed because they fear being left behind.  Lots of familiar things helps give them a sense of stability.

Do the same at your new place.  Get an area set up first thing that will be a safe place for her with things she recognizes.  Don’t let her have full run of the new place alone too soon because it will likely be overwhelming.

If she doesn’t get better you should ask your vet.  They may be able to give you something to calm her down or at least help with the vomiting.  Good luck!

Post # 6
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Whenever my puppy gets anxiety I fill up a kong with peanut butter, freeze it, and let him have had it. It keeps him busy for a little bit so he won’t realize what’s goinG on. Although I don’t like to resort to this, puppy sedatives won’t hurt . I do not believe in pills/meds unless absolutely necessary But My pup can’t stand really bad storms so when they hit, we give him a mild sedative 🙂 hope that helps 

Post # 8
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mattsgirl813:  Sounds like you’re doing all the right things – noticing/being sensitive to her anxiety, finding safe places for her, etc.  My dog and I just moved into FI’s house a few weeks ago – obviously it’s a place that was familiar to my dog (on average, we spent one day/night a week there for the last two years!), but the process of moving still made him visibly anxious, and he, too, got sick at one point.  I tried to make sure he got lots of exercise the week we were packing up, and made “Super Kongs” (old Kongs filled with a mix of pumpkin, plain yogurt, smashed banana, and kibble/small treats and frozen) to keep him occupied.  The day of the move, he went to day care (which ended up being a disaster but that’s another story), and when he came home we had “his” chair and blanket set up.  Unfortunately there wasn’t room for his crate, which I think might’ve helped him acclimate even faster, but finding familiar stuff in the new house definitely put him at ease, as did the fact that both FI and I were home with him for three straight days so he could adjust to the new routine.

Post # 9
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

@LittleRedOwl:  +1  Try to keep her away from all the commotion.  

Post # 10
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@mattsgirl813:  She is probably afraid of being abandoned again. I think you need to create a “safe space” for her that will carry on in your new home. A lot of dogs take awhile to adjust to a new space, so if she has something familiar, that will help her transition. This could be a crate filled with a blanket and all her favourite toys, or even under a table (our furbaby loves to hide under the dining room table when he’s feeling unsure).

You can’t reassure her with words because obviously she won’t understanding. Giving her a space to call her own that is safe will go a long way I think.

ETA: just saw that her safe space has been packed up. A crate would be easy to pack up last though. Also, a PP suggested unpacking her stuff first – we always do that when we travel with furbaby and he gets so excited to see all his things. If there’s any way to keep her away from all the moving activities, that would be great (even doggy daycare for a day – then she’s out of your hair too).

Post # 11
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

They actually have all natural medication that they can take to calm their nerves. Ask your vet and they should be able to lead you in the right direction! They have worked wonders for my mom’s anxiety-ridden dog.

Post # 12
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Have you ever heard of the thundershit?  http://www.thundershirt.com/

My in-laws have one for their dog and so does one of my husbands best friends parents. Both of their dogs have anxiety (one for fireworks and the other for being left alone) and this has helped them.  I think it is suppose to simulate a “hug” or something.

Post # 13
42 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

I hope I don’t get flamed for this, but I would suggest talking to your vet about sedatives (either prescription or over the counter). I’ve used GNC’s calming chews for my three pups–one of whom gets anxious with fireworks on Fourth of July, another one who freaks out on long car rides. They’re these small treat like things and my dogs love their taste. I give them each two, and they just kind of relax. They don’t act loopy or anything, and I believe they’re all natural? I’m not 100% sure though. My mom used to give her shih-tsu some prescription sedatives when it stormed, but I think that ended up being bad for her heart. 


IMO, giving the dog some drugs to calm it down will be better for its health in the long run. I have heard the thundershirt works well. There’s also a type of collar you can buy with pheramones on it that is supposed to work too. 

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