medication for anxiety
quick backstory, we got our pup from a rescue at 8 weeks old, they had found him with his litter mates under a truck and had no human interaction. for about a week after i brang him home we tried to socialize him but he refuse to come out of the corner of our room so we took it slow with him until he trusted us. once he trusted us we started to socialize him as best we could (and we still are actively doing it and hes 11 months now). anyways, when hes inside my house hes pretty tame and not too scared of random noises such as the pressure cooker or doors, but as soon as we go outside, it has always been **** on a leash. cars, bicycles, people, small noise, big noise, etc. makes him completely flip out. i dont think we have ever been on a single walk without his tail between his legs. we have used a private trainer since day 1 that is still with us to keep helping us out. we always use treats outside (which he generally doesnt care for, even high value ones), never punish him for this issue but we also dont coddle him for it.
so out trainer has a strict policy on not medicating dogs as its just a gateway to make training easier, but he is recommending this time to put our pup on anti-anxiety medication short term to help him deal with this problem and help him get over his fears outdoor.
what is your guys experience on this? whats the difference between being on prozac, xanax or something OTC like Melatonin?
i have a vet appt later today to talk with my vet about this also, but want to have some solid info on my belt too as i know vets dont know too much about psychological drugs/behaviors.