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Anxious Yorkie/Cairn after being attacked

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Delisha, May 6, 2010.


  1. Delisha

    Delisha PetForums Newbie

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    Hi

    I adopted Terry 8 months ago and although his previous owners were kind people and did not deliberately mistreat him, they had rarely walked him, he was obsessed with tug-o-war games with his toys, was virtually unsocialised with other dogs and suffered from anxiety and separation issues. We have been working together and he was like a different dog (taking long walks, walking to heal, learning commands, less anxious, able to be left for short periods of time) until 2 weeks ago when he was attacked by a German Shepherd. This necessitated a trip to the vet who prescribed a course of antibiotics and painkillers. Although his physical wounds have healed, Terry has taken huge steps back in his behaviour. He is super anxious now and will barely go outside to pee and poop, let alone take his daily exercise. I am assuming it is because of his lack of exercise that he is waking me every 2 hours at night to go out. He does pee when we go out but I don't think that is really the issue. He has also taken to barking a lot more when inside. The slightest sound sets him off. I am at my wit's end to know what to do and would welcome any advise. Thanks - Trish
     
  2. tripod

    tripod PetForums VIP

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    Sorry to hear that - poor Terry. I guess its back to the drawing board for you and the poor fella.
    There are lots of anti-stress methods described in this blog series: Calming Your Cerrrrraaaazzzzzy Canine « pawsitive dogs

    Work really slowly through it. Certainly have a look for a Ttouch practioner in your area too as this is great for settling those nocturnal dogs ;) (or even acupunture).

    Well done for taking this fella on and giving him the support he needs - wish you and him the best of luck :)
     
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    staflove PetForums VIP

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    Hi hun you sound like you have worked wounders well done pat on the back, not nice for your dog to be attacked but please keep him out walking around other dogs keep his confidence up there and yours, t touch is very easy to do you can do it your self if you are wanting to try it, i do it to mine all the time they love it.

    keep up the hard work and keep him socailised with other dogs, even GS there not all going to attack it must have been terrible for him but you stay calm and continue with the hard work sounds like hes found his loving mum for ever well done to both of you :)
     
  4. Delisha

    Delisha PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks so much for both your good wishes and suggestions. I have ordered the book, the Tellington TTouch and look forward to trying it out as I can't afford to take Terry to a practitioner! I am also trying out the "Calming your Crazy dog" stuff. I will report back with any new. Thanks again! Trish:thumbup:
     
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