My dog has self-destructive anxiety!
Her whole life, my German Shep, named Eva, has had anxiety, but it seems to have lessened in some areas and gotten worse in some areas with her. She's one year old now. When she was younger, she took classes at Petco and was scared of the slippery floors over there (she actually took two days to learn to walk in our house, with wood floors at first) but she's gotten much better with that now. She still gets scared of the natural food section, which has wood floors, but on the regular tile floors she walks almost normal now.
She also has a bad history with groomers, however. For her first two groomings, starting when she was about 2 months, to 6 months, she was good, she didn't have any major problems. Some anxiety, but nothing dangerous. But on her third grooming at Petco, she was banned from there because they said she was too hard to care for. Yesterday, we took her to a different groomer and she had the same problem; they said they could only do mobile with her, or perhaps with extra help. They finished the grooming but she was having horrible anxiety and they were afraid she'd have a heart attack. She has broken two of the groomer's cages using her teeth, and the second time it caused her teeth to bleed.
So basically, in places we can expose her, she's gotten better over time. She's a year now and she used to be scared of doors, sticks, and basically anything that wasn't there at first. Now, on walks she isn't afraid of doors, but still does have a slight fear of sticks, in which she will walk away from them rather than go close to them because of a past experience (we were playing with sticks together and I accidentally hit her in the face with one).
In places where she cannot normally be there, like the groomers, she will freak out. I don't want to sedate her, but next time we get her groomed we might have to go to vet and get her sedated. I don't want this to happen, I want her anxiety to be helped with training, or something. She was decently exposed as a pup, not as much as I admittingly would want her to be, but still socialized to a good point. I don't want to drag her into places anymore. Please help, if you can. At least some advice.
PS: My dog is wonderful other than that. I love her and she is near perfect except for that. A very easy to train, lovely, friendly yet protective and aware, patient, awesome dog. She really loves us, and probably needs to learn that leaving her family for a bit won't hurt. When we leave the house she isn't destructive or anything, except one time when every single person left the house. She didn't break anything, but had diarrhea all over my floor. It wasn't nice.
Last edited by CapBeard; 03-02-2013 at 10:16 AM.