|10-28-2013 05:44 PM|
For a different reason, Woolf is on medication - flouxetine. Most likely the same medication your vet is talking about. JakodaCD and Gretchen are correct. Medication should be the last resort.
Look for a trainer, preferably a qualified behaviorist. Determine first if this behavior is boredom or OCD, then work from there.
If you decide to start your pup on medication, and choose flouxetine as the best one for him. Start with the brand name - Reconcile - for at least 3 months. Dosages are slightly different between Reconcile and the generics. Using Reconcile to begin with you will get a true baseline of its affect on your pup, then if you switch to the generic you will be able to make a better informed decision on how well the different dosage is working.
Side effects are: lethargy, nausea, loss of appetite, some rare cases liver damage, the occasional case of an increase in the behavior. Complete blood work must be done at least yearly to monitor liver and thyroid function.
Post where you are located, someone may be able to direct you to an experienced trainer/behaviorist.
|10-28-2013 01:59 PM|
|SusiQ||Could be OCD - I had a rescue like that - he was adopted to a couple who lived on a farm with other dogs & animals - he had the full run of the place - no issues after that - the OCD was redirected.|
|10-25-2013 08:24 PM|
My vet says if they're barking, its for a reason although we can't hear it. And remember that GSD's are working dogs with high energy. If they aren't burning that off in play or work, it will come out probably in a way that you don't like. Like the other posts, i say wait on meds. GSD's from 9 to 11 months have a lot of trying behavior. Thats when their family is most likely to give them up. Hang in there!
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|10-25-2013 12:37 PM|
I agree with JakodaCD OA, and medication should be the very last resort. There are some good resources online on how to help with this, here is one link:
Dog Compulsive Behavior ? Spinning, Tail Chasing, Pacing more Types, Symptoms and Treatments
At the end of this article is something very important, that says do not punish you dog for this behavior.
|10-25-2013 09:15 AM|
I would try behavioral training first...Find a behaviorist..tail chasing CAN be a sign of boredom, and/or a compulsive disorder..
At 9 months old,I'd be trying to redirect that behavior and not put a 9 month old on medication that's going to make him sleep all the time..Why have a dog that will be drugged up for it's life??
Find a behaviorist and try that first..UP his exercise,,redirect before the behavior starts..
|10-25-2013 08:53 AM|
Medication for pcychological isssue
I have a German shepherd dog. He is 9 months old now. He has a big problem because he is chasing his tail and sometimes he barks without a reason. So, I talk with his vet but he thought that, he is trying to get more attention from us, but that is not the problem. Because he is doing that for 3 months. So, now I am in Germany and today I went to a vet here and I talk about this issue, and she told me that it is psychological problem and she told me that he have to take medication because it will get worst and it is something very hard to deal with this problem. She show me some medication that can keep him more calm and he will sleep more.
Please, if someone knows something about this issue write and I don't know what else I can do for my dog. It is very hard to see him in that condition. I am so desperate.
What medication should I buy him? any suggestion?!