|09-05-2013 02:15 PM|
Considering the problems I'm having with mine, I'm probably not the best person to respond. =)
She needs more than two walks and half an hour of play time. Is the diarrhea only when you're gone? It could be stress or it could be improper food or something else entirely. Mine had the runs pretty badly when we got him, and my vet did a fecal to ensure he hadn't picked something up from the well water (or yard). The urination could be a UTI in the making.
How are you walking her? Or is she actually walking you? When I let Gunner walk me, it actually makes him more anxious. I'm guessing it's because he isn't done when I say it's time, and he's confused because he's been calling the shots for the whole walk.
You should probably put her in a crate. It's not bad for her. There's a lot she could get into while you're gone. Mine has figured out how to open cabinet doors, and he'll rummage through to indiscriminately chew on whatever he comes across. I was lucky in that I discovered this talent with a box of potato flakes, rather than a box of borax or powdered detergent.
|09-04-2013 07:19 AM|
These are the two supplements that Iíve use for years in multiple situations and have had great success with.
NutriCalm by RX:
Clinical Applications: NutriCalm for Dogs was designed to help enhance serotonin dependent behavior in dogs. Animals with a range of behavior issues, such as thunder-phobia, hyperactivity, nervousness, fear of travel, fear of vetís office, psychogenic dermatitis, hair pulling, excessive licking and psychogenic diarrhea will benefit from the use of this formula. This formula has found itself to be very useful as an adjunct to behavior modification therapy.
NutriCalm for Dogs can also be very helpful with short term anxiety situations such as travel by car or plane, trips to the vets, the groomers, and other social situations where the animalís anxiety can pose a problem.
Nutri-Calm by RX: $29 for 50 caps: There are other products CALLED Nutri Calm but they are NOT this one specifically developed by Dr. Richard J. Silver DVM, M.S. at RX Vitamins to aide animals in multiple behavioral issues:
L-Tryptophan (free from amino acid) 150 mg , Valerian Root Extract (valeriana officianlis) 50 mg, Ashwaganda Extract (withania soniferum) 50 mg, Catnip extract (nepeta cati) 50 mg, L-Theanine (Suntheanine brand) 25 mg, Calcium (aspartate) 30 mg, Magnesium (aspartate) 30 mg
NutriCalm was developed for dogs: http://www.rxvitamins.com/Resources/...20-%202012.pdf
Tranquil Complex by Prof. Complementary Health Formula: Prof. Complementary Health Formulas - Tranquil Complex 60c
or Tranquil Complex 60 Capsules by Professional Formulas
$17.00 for 60 capsules.
Brain tissue (lyophilized) 200 mg Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) 200 mg Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) 100 mg Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) 75 mg Niacinamide 50 mg Magnesium (aspartate) 25 mg Niacin (vitamin B3) 25 mg Pyridoxine (HCL) (vitamin B6) 25 mg 5-HTP 20 mg Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 10 mg Kava (Piper methysticum) 10 mg Zinc (amino acid chelate) 5 mg Chromium (GTF-niacin glutathione) 25 mcg
This is a human grade ďprofessionalĒ product. Try one capsule and observe if it helps. If not, increase to 2 for a large dog.
Rule of thumb to convert the human dosage for your dog is to take your dog's weight, consider it a percent, and multiply the recommended dosage by that percent. For example, if your dog weighs 20 pounds then you would give your dog 20 percent of the recommended human dosage. If your dog weighs 75 pounds they would receive 75 percent of the dosage.
Hope this helps!
|09-04-2013 01:59 AM|
I'm having issues with separation anxiety with our new foster dog and will be camping this thread for some advice as well.
We've been crate training him, putting him in there several times a day. Every time I put him in his crate - I drop treats all over the inside of his crate, with a bone once a day as well. He cries when we leave the room and he doesnt come with us and will bark if we leave the house. But Im sure its not a quick fix, but were working on it.
From my understanding as long as you make his crate a positive place she will learn to feel safe in there, which should settle her nerves a lot.
We also feed our his dinner in his crate.
Id also say that 30-60 minutes a day of playtime probably isnt enough, though every dog is different. Less energy = less anxiety. You want her to be EXHAUSTED when you leave.
You also shouldnt make a big deal of her when you come home and leave, Ive heard that before.
I would try crating and put her in the crate several times during the day and even leave for 15 minute periods. Come back home and dont let her out of her crate first thing, wait until shes calmed if possible.
Ive also head that dogs can tell when people are leaving. For example you grab your keys and your coat and get ready to leave, your dog realizes this and gets anxious when it sees these things. If you come and go and come and go and come and go some more, while constantly fiddling with your keys or bag or whatever u take when you leave, she may learn to no longer associate these items with you actually leaving. Thats one trick Ive heard of, we used it for leash excitement and it worked wonders. I know a woman who used to wear her coat and carry her keys constantly, while doing training sessions in the living room, while cooking dinner, when getting ready for bed, and she SWEARS by this method.
:} Good luck with your girl.
|09-04-2013 01:04 AM|
We rescued our 3 year old Shepherd, Presley about a month ago and we haven't had to many problems...we thought. It seems like every time we go somewhere she gets scared, watching for us in the window, super excited when we get home, jumping all over wanting to play. Yesterday we both had to work and we have let her just have free rein of the house because of how well she has done, but, we came home to diarrhea all over one of the kids rooms. We checked on her in the middle of our shifts so she wasn't alone fore more than 4 hours. We have done it once before and she was fine. Today we went to the store for an hour and a half and found that she had peed in our basement and she peed outside before we left. She gets walked twice a day and she gets about 30 min to an hour of playtime every day. We don't really want to crate her but we don't know what else can be done. Any ideas?