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Old 07-25-2014, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Facebook fearful dogs group seems to advocate medication as one of the first steps to try with a fearful dog. My trainer is totally against "doping" dogs...She thinks it's the lazy way out.

As you know I've been working hard with Dude. We have come a long way. However, we are having out of town house guests in a couple of weeks. I think this will be extremely stressful for Dude and I am thinking of asking the vet for something to help him through the weekend.

So what do you all think? Are you for or against medicine for fearful dogs?
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you would rather drug your dog then be responsible and crate him or keep him on leash the entire time?

i agree with your trainer. incredibly lazy way out. i would never advocate drugging a dog. if the dog needs to be drugged to function then it should be put down because its living its life in a state of high anxiety.
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For. I applaud you for knowing Dude's triggers.
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if the dog needs to be drugged to function then it should be put down because its living its life in a state of high anxiety.
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OP, consult with your veterinarian regarding this matter.
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look at rescue remedy on amazon. my mother recommended it for car trips when we were visiting but I never used it because my guy was well behaved. some people in the comments have said it really helps. might be worth a try, supposed to be herbal and non habit forming. hope other people have suggestions.

if you think the visitors might excite your dog too much I would use a kennel in a separate area. I agree about not using medication as a fix-all.
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look at rescue remedy on amazon. my mother recommended it for car trips when we were visiting but I never used it because my guy was well behaved. some people in the comments have said it really helps. might be worth a try, supposed to be herbal and non habit forming. hope other people have suggestions.

if you think the visitors might excite your dog too much I would use a kennel in a separate area. I agree about not using medication as a fix-all.
Not excite scare. I do not want him hiding under the bed all weekend terrified.
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you would rather drug your dog then be responsible and crate him or keep him on leash the entire time?

i agree with your trainer. incredibly lazy way out. i would never advocate drugging a dog. if the dog needs to be drugged to function then it should be put down because its living its life in a state of high anxiety.
You don't agree with my trainer. She would never advocate putting Dude down.
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Ok...


OP, consult with your veterinarian regarding this matter.
I planned to put in a call Monday.

I had hoped for some good discussion of why people are for or against it. I personally don't see the harm.

I kind of look at it like some people taking a drink before getting on an airplane. Something to calm the nerves.
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For. I applaud you for knowing Dude's triggers.
Thank you!
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Have you tried a calming collar? The collar and thunder shirt combo might work.
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