Anxiety and stress...not sure what else to do. (Very long)
I've been a member on this site for awhile but only recently been able to be on more as I've been so busy with working with my dogs.
I am stumped with my older girl however and was hoping maybe there were other options I haven't tried or thought of that someone suggests.
I best start at the beginning so there is a fair idea of the history. Apologies if this is in the wrong place, please move if it is.
I volunteer with a rescue group here in NZ and I started as a foster mum. I got my first foster in 2009, a young female GSD approximately aged between 2/3 years of age.
We don't know a lot of her history but this is what we know so far. She was living further down south and neighbours called Animal Control complaining of a whining dog and puppies crying. Animal Management went around and found Jess tied up to a pole outside in the middle of winter with a litter of puppies on the other side of the yard. She could see and hear them but not touch them. She also had plastic bags and insulation tape tied around her tail. They of course uplifted her and took her and the puppies to a vet. It was confirmed later that her exercise was looping circles around the pole and used to hit her tail on the fence each time and she managed to damage it. Her "owners" wrapped it up with what I mentioned before and she tried to remove these bindings and damaged her tail further. In short, it was unable to be saved and was amputated. She was fine with all staff and the vets and very affectionate but they deemed her unadoptable because of her "quirks".
These quirks include the looping which she still does to this day and its always counter-clockwise.
So she came to me in 2009 and I fostered her for 9 months, in which time she went to two potential forever homes but they sent her back saying she wasn't right in the head, so in the end I adopted her myself.
Her ongoing issues now are aggressive behaviour while eating, and its not towards people. Anyone can go up and take food off her, she's a softie but she gets aggressive towards her stump of a tail. The lip comes up and she snarls and growls and then will spin to grab at her tail.
She will whine constantly for no reason, especially if the phone rings and will spin and attack her tail, more so when my daughter comes upstairs or anyone comes into the room.
She gets exercised reguarly but she is the kind of dog that will just go and go until she drops.
My concern is, that she is starting to look quite old now (she will be 6 this year approx) and I am worried that all this stress and anxiety is wearing her body out.
Any suggestions would be hugely appreciated. And sorry if I have not explained things properly.
Mum to 6 year old GSD Rescue Miss Jess and 8 month old GSD Loki