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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-13-2019, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Anxious dog / how to help with anxiety relief?

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Adopting a female shepherd directly from her very loved owner. Personal reasons they must separate.
We are trying to transition the adoption. First day she was super anxious, almost melancholic, not aggressive which is great cos she is a wee bit intimidating to the eye... tried to keep her entertained.... no interest...Then the crying (howling) began; didn't want to play or go out. Sat by the door looking out waiting!!! Took her for a walk, half way through the walk noticed that she started feeling a wee bit happier looking back to see if I was behind her, then as soon as we got back she was pacing looking for her owner.
She is coming back tomorrow for a week long stay. I am excited but also anxious cause I was very sad to see how unhappy she was.
Any tips? Suggestions? Please, I would gladly welcome all recommendations.
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It takes about a month to fully transition from one home to another but every dog is different. Most of my fosters bonded to me the minute I started feeding them. Because she came to you then went home, it might confuse her next time. Just treat her, exercise her and love her and she will adapt. Dogs can be much more willing to switch owners than we think they are. You may not see her full behavior until she has been with you a while.
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indeed, I can only imagine how confusing it is for our dogs who don't understand why they were dropped off and not picked back up again. Over time, she'll realize she might as well have a good time with you. In the meantime keep things really low key at home. No visitors or outings at cafes and such. Those will come later.
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