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Old 03-10-2016, 06:53 PM
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Haven't posted here for a long time so we are glad to be back!
Unfortunately I'm back posting today due to Elmos recent behaviour issues.
He is generally a lovely dog but since an incident last July involving my father and domestic abusve he has been very stressed and upset.
He was messing under my mums bed up until recently for quite a few weeks. He has become ratty when getting his paws cleaned after a walk. He screams and growls and snaps. He cries more than he used to since he has been and adult. He has panic lies attacks where he shakes and goes rigid. He finally relaxes after being cuddled and told it's okay.
Recently he has been getting agitated at night. He sleeps in my bed and sits on my bed when we both go to bed and listens to my mum getting ready in her bathroom through the wall and wants to get down and to her. He goes down the steps and scratches at my closed bedroom door desperate to see her. He clams down after she stops making a noise and goes to bed.
His nails are needing done and we haven't been able to get to the vet lately due to ongoing health issues concerning myself. We need both me and my mum to go to the vet). Mum drives and I have to sit with him the back. He cries a lot when travelling but he has always done this)
Basically these behaviours are very worrying for us and for him as we just want him to be happy. He has been living in a very stressful environment especially recently due my fathers emotional abuse leading to explosions of temper etc. he has left the home and my mum is divorcing him but has been back off and on and this might of confused Elmo I think. ? Also we don't know how my adds has been with him when he was left alone with My dad. My dad has a temper so I'm worried this has added to his issues.
Also one of his close friend a greyhound was out down a couple of months ago and she lived across the road. He drags my mum out on walks towards the negs ours house to check for his friend. He has checked inside a couple of times a dn got quite distressed when it first happened and cried when his friend wasn't there.
Now he has this obsession with going to check on every walk wanting to up to the front door.

I have put him in rescue remedy for pets and serene um tablets but don't know what else to do,
Any help much appreciated!!
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Old 03-11-2016, 01:22 AM
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Is think this dog needs more vet help. He may need stronger meds that only a vet can prescribe. Sorry about your own medical problems too. These are all signs of incredulous stress. You know that. 9 months of his having these problems. Do you have an exercise pen, or Iris pen that you could use for a while? This may make him a little bit more relaxed. He is in a 'safe' place. His bed, water and food plus paper/pads down for him to relieve himself on. This way your Mums bed will be safe too. As for his nails, if you have to have the vet trim them, or a groomers, do so for a little while.
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Hi thanks so much for the reply.
Unfortunately he does not take to being carted on in a soft puppy pen.
I agree that he may need some stronger meds from the vet. We normally go to the vet to get his nails trimmed it was a case of me wondering if him being badly behaved when wiping his paws coming in form a walk was do with a nail issue? My mum has been having to do it due to my severe back issues and chronic pain. I had my injections yesterday so hoping to get back to walking Elmo myself as well as my mum. He sleeps with me and my bed and used to be fine.
He is not allowed in my mums bed but as I say gets very agaitated about he being up.
I will certainly speak to the vet about his issue whenever we go for his nails.
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That thing you describe where he shakes and gets rigid? Are you sure he's not having a seizure?
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Hi Tink,
I don't think so. He has done it before when the window cleaner comes. Just been doing not not when the are obvious triggers around. I will certainly ask the vet about it.
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So sorry you and Elmo are stuck in this awful situation. I don't have any advice but am sending hugs and prayers your way.
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An Iris pen is a hard rigid plastic pen. 36"x36". It is not a carrier. You can leave the door open during the time you are watching him, and close it when you need to. My dogs all love their pens! One of my dogs has panic attacks (focal epilepsy) and runs into her pen when she gets scared. They also have soft carriers.
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You need to work on building up his confidence.
Having a set routine can be really helpful, so he knows exactly when he will be fed, walked, go to bed etc.
Doing some training will also help, it strengthens your bond and helps him to trust you. It also means you can ask him to do something (even if it is only 'sit') that you can reward him for.
Set up your day so you can reward him for being good multiple times. Try and avoid all of his triggers. When he is generally more confident and settled you can work on those, but for now just concentrate on building his confidence.
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