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02-07-2014 12:27 PM
Scout's Mama Great news!

Talk to the vet, but do what you feel comfortable doing. You know your dog best!
02-07-2014 11:59 AM
4paws Day 10 fluoxetine update:

Abby is making some positive progress with her SA. When I leave the house in the morning she only howls, barks, whines for about 15 minutes & then gives up. She grabs her favorite leather recliner and takes a nap for a few hours. She will occasionally bark or howl but this only last for 3 to 5 minutes and this happens about 2 to 3 times during the 9 hours I'm gone. This is a huge improvement for Abby!

I've switched Abby to the Trader Joes coconut oil 2 times daily and this seems to be helping with her itching/ scratching.

It is hard to get Abby out to exercise with the temps sitting below 0 for the last week, but we spend time outside for short periods and this seems to work well for us.

I've introduced some tug playing and she is still a bit shy about this game, but she loves to fetch.

Abby has also allowed me to leave the room without feeling the need to follow my every move. I think the fluoxetine is helping but she is on a low dose right now and I think our training has become just as important as the medication. Next week I'm suppose to bump up her dose, but I'm not sure if I like this idea. I think the small dose she is on right now is doing what the medication should be doing without adverse side effect. And I'm worried a higher dose might bring on issues with depression, tiredness, etc..

Excellent job Abby! You have come so far in such a short time!
02-03-2014 08:47 AM
4paws Day 6 fluoxetine update:

Abby & I made some progress this weekend. I started her on coconut oil this weekend: topical & oral. Her itching is getting a bit better and hope this coconut oil continues to give her relief.

Abby does not like spray bottles. I tried to spray her down again for the 3rd day with this anti itch spray and she hates the sound of the spray I'm done with trying to spray her down with anything.

We spent a few hours each day doing some very basic commands & just general playing around (Nothing serious): sit, here, platz.. she was able to focus pretty good. She loves diving for the ball in the 3' snow drifts and just amazed how she seems to find the ball each time..she is so eager to try and please me..great drive in this little girl.

My father watched her on Saturday evening for about 5 hours when I went to an auction. She whined on and off for a few hours, but she settled down and was pretty good for the most part.

Abby on Sunday & Monday morning ate her food by herself. In the past if I left the kitchen she ran to follow me. Now, the last 3 feedings she ate her food until it was gone and then searched me out...making progress here!

Monday morning I noticed her whine for about 45 minutes ( monitoring her on skype) and as of right now she has been quiet for 2 hours.. again, Progress!

Abby & I have been working on playing tug together. It takes a bit of goofing around with her to get her to want to play, but she is making an effort with tug. She got a bit excited and decided my hands were better bite toys then the tug toy so I did have to let her know we play with the toy and my hands were off limits for

A quick Pic of Abby from this weekend..

01-31-2014 09:07 PM
brightspot I don't personally know of any success stories, but Thundershirts can help separation anxiety. Thundershirt | The Best Dog Anxiety Treatment
01-31-2014 08:43 PM
4paws I haven't tried the t.v. as of yet, and believe it or not my last boy use to love watching the t.v. He loved old Westerns and animal planet. I kid you not..have a few videos of him watching it, it was intense. Not sure if I want another t.v. junkie, almost lost a 60" lcd with the last one.

My posts are more of a log for me to understand Abby and be able to read back and see her progress. I don't expect her to be any where near adjusted in such a short time, but after raising GSD's and Rotties for 18 years I know normal and abnormal behavior. Abby's is such a sweet dog, and with every dog comes new learning experiences.

Abby had her best day today..making small gains and I'm so proud of her. I have to keep reminding myself that I may need as much if not more training then Abby. And Twyla I will read the "2 week shut down" thank you for any and all suggestions.
01-31-2014 04:44 PM
Twyla Be patient with the flouxetine (hard I know). It can take 2 wks to a month sometimes to see the full effect it will have. With Woolf I could see a small change quickly - mainly appetite and a more relaxed sleep - then about 3 weeks into it I could see where his brain slowed down and he started thinking. Woolf is not on it for SA.

Also remember, Abby has been with you only a few days, it normally takes a dog sometimes a few weeks to settle in and show their personality. I haven't read any previous posts about Abby, but just in case, do a search on here for '2 week shut down'. Many have had good luck with it, and with the background Abby has, it may help her. Check it out and see what you think.
01-31-2014 04:41 PM
erfunhouse Have you tried putting one of your shirts or blankets in the crate with Abby? Just having your smell may be enough for her?

Poor doll! I've also read about people putting Neem oil or coconut oil on skin issues and it helps heal it.
01-31-2014 04:36 PM
katro I think I left it on Smooth Jazz, so maybe he's not a jazz fan! Hehehe!
01-31-2014 04:30 PM
brightspot There must have been a commentary/opinion he didn't agree with.
01-31-2014 04:27 PM
Originally Posted by brightspot View Post
Will leaving the TV or radio on a news channel (people talking) help?
This makes me laugh, not because it doesn't work, but because when I tried it Ralphie knocked the radio off the table and chewed it up on Day 3 lol.
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