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Frightened dog, vet says breeding will help her?

My Lucy is two and she went under a stress a year ago. Misfortune brought us too close to the fireworks during New Year and, I suppose, in her imagination she was terrified of it ever since even when it is silent. She refuses to step outside with the coming dark (but only dark time of the day), scared of any loud sound, she stops and watches the sky for bright objects every five minutes, she's shivering, may piss herself if at home. We tried training sound recordings, anti-stress vitamins and calming drugs, aromatherapy, massage and less popular treatment as performing commands under stress. She is obedient, but I'm ready to shed tears seeing my dog like this. My dog's vet has suggested to mate her, he says that in such circumstance her fright may turn into agression when she has pups and she might become calmer after, simply knowing what to protect - her home, her place to give birth. Should we listen to his advise? It will be difficult, because we do not have facilities to raise puppies.

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Sorry , in a word , dog should not be bred .

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NO, I am sorry, but your vet is wrong. Please do not breed her.

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Wow! I cant believe a vet recommended this. I agree with everyone else No on the breeding her.

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First off, it sounds like you are a great dog owner.

As for your vet, I almost don't know what to say! Forgive me if this come off as rude, but you may want to consider a new vet! They gave you awful advice!!!!

I hope others chime in on how to help the owner with the fearful behaviors the dog is displaying that exclude the notion of breeding the dog. I wish I had some expertise to share.

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For this, I would look for another vet. That is just horrible advice.

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I agree, time to look for a new vet.
What he recommended makes zero sense.
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he says that in such circumstance her fright may turn into agression when she has pups and she might become calmer after,
Agree with others...but just reason this out!
Breed your girl and she becomes aggressive...?? How's that preferable to being afraid??

Get a new vet. Find out about anti-anxiety medication and a Thunder shirt.

Also consult a trainer. You could be making her fear worse by your actions but we can't say if that's the case without being there.
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Wow, that's the worst advice I've ever heard of. Absolutely do NOT breed your dog. Go find yourself an actual canine behaviorist who has a PhD and/or experience with fearful dogs and go from there.

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