(Closed) Anyone else have a dog that behaves like this??

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Dogs can have anxiety and depression issues just like we do. Has a vet ever recommended any sort of anxiety or depression medication?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would suggest trying to be more “alpha” with her so she can trust you entirely.  Dogs who have good leadership do not have anxiety issues.

You can also try a thunder jacket to help.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@darkflame:  That is just the silliest suggestion I’ve ever heard. You like Cesar Millan, dont you? 

OP – PLEASE dont try to “alpha” her. That will just terrify her even more. Dogs CAN have anxiety disorders just as people do. And they actually make medication for it. Talk to your vet about it.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@darkflame:  +1 on all fronts. Thunderjackets help immensely. Does she have a crate or place that is hers? Someplace she can go to feel safe?

Try leashing her when these attacks happen and calm her down by making her stand next to you and calm down. She needs to know you’re there to protect her.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@adoc86:  Short of those possibly being symptoms of separation anxiety, or perhaps she senses inclement weather or something. Have you tried using a DAP plug in? It’s a Dog-Appeasing-Pheromone (pheromones from a lactating mama dog) that helps calm dogs down, ease anxiety/stress, etc.

I had a roommate whose Schipperke was batshit wild whenever we left the ROOM and would flip out, shriek/bark/whine/howl etc. We got one of the DAP’s and it friggin worked like a charm. Only needed 1 (lasts 30 days) and he was ok after that. They’re a bit expensive, but can be found at pet stores or online. I would not even bothering recommending this if I didn’t think it’d work for others. Good luck.

ETA: Here’s what it would look like–

http://www.allivet.com/p-919-dap-dog-appeasing-pheromone-diffuser.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@crayfish:  +1

@allyfally:  +1

dogs can have anxiety and there is medication for it. your vet should know this so i’m annoyed that they didn’t think to give you medication for your dog. you can also try acupunture (yeah they have that for dogs). it might help.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Vets will prescribe medications for dogs/cats as needed for their ailments. My brothers dog thought someone ran upstairs in their home and chewed thru the door the other day. The door was closed and apparently he wanted in and he made a hole about 2-3 feet around. Amazing when they are determined what they can do. I would talk to a vet, the hard thing to know is when it will happen. What if your not home? Thats the hardest part. The vet will also talk with you about medication side effects.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@adoc86:  Take a video of one of these episodes.  I would start with a behaviourist, you can find a list here: http://www.dacvb.org/resources/find/  Videos can be really helpful to sort out situations like this. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@adoc86:  Do you think this could actually be a seizure. Have you ever seen a dog seize before? Sometimes it’s not the typical shaking. That way, it would be more of a neuralogical issue that you have to discuss with your doctor?

Maybe try searching through YouTube to see if that’s the same behavior?

I really hope she finds help soon!

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Ranch

I also have a yorkie and she too would do this.  She is also healthy and it also happened more often at night. Despite being 7lbs, she has always been very brave and protective, but for some reason — and out of nowhere — she began doing this. I would just hug her and talk to her. When we moved out of that place, it stopped. Sorry, I don’t have much advice, just wanted to share. Have you recently moved or is this a new home to her? I think that there was just something that creeped my dog in my old apartment because she is now a happy camper in our new home. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@adoc86:  🙁 it must be rough seeing her go through this and be so unable to help her or get her to tell you what she needs. That’s the only downside of being a dog mom. That helpless feeling when you have no idea what’s wrong.

Best of luck to all of you.

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