|08-10-2013 01:37 AM|
This is her tonight, she didn't do as much tonight, probably because I was standing there. As seen in video, she eats her food a lot faster than she used to (she was been checked for worms and the like) also you can see the spots on her legs where she excessively licks.
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Am looking at some acupunture sites now and trying to find one in my area
|08-10-2013 01:28 AM|
|BowWowMeow||Like I said, I would think outside the box (meaning outside of allopathic treatments and towards more holistic treatments). DAP works for some dogs but not for most. You need something very specific to her OCD and the phantom tail thing.|
|08-10-2013 01:20 AM|
I have taken her to obedience classes but she gets quite stressed in those environments but stays glued to my side. I do a bit of one on one training with her everyday and she is very obedient. Fantastic off leash but even redirection does not help her when she gets in that mode. She will do it outside and inside. She has the sweetest temperament but I am at a loss with what to do next. I have found a video of her doing it so will upload it shortly. She has just been fed and after dinner both dogs are trained to go into their crates for at least one hour of rest. And she will go in and then just fixate on her tail and growl and snarl and then jump up and spin to grab it.
She has been on all sorts of drugs, can't remember the name of them now but they did not help. She has had many courses of prednisone and has started excessive licking on her front legs now to the point where there is no hair growth.
My father thinks there's something in her head and doesn't think she will ever get out of it, I mean there is only so many things we can fix, but he sees her as suffering.
I have tried DAP, which is a Dog Appeasing Pheromone, which did nothing as well changing her diet completely (which has helped with her coat and itching).
|08-10-2013 01:10 AM|
Wow, that is quite a story. Bless you for taking her in. Sounds like she has a phantom tail, like people have a phantom limb.
The OCD stuff is tough, once it's firmly established in their brain, which it clearly is for your dog.
Have you tried anything outside of the box for her like acupuncture (if that is available where you are), Bach flower essences or calming aids like Melatonin? I bet there is a homeopathic remedy that would help too, if you could find a practitioner.
|08-10-2013 01:04 AM|
|llombardo||Sounds like some stuff sets her off. Reconditioning and redirecting can probably help. Taking her to some obedience classes to keep her mind busy would be good to. Some dogs do better with more mental rather then physical exercise.|
|08-10-2013 12:55 AM|
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.