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Old 10-13-2016, 12:12 PM
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My 3 year old rescue chi is still having such anxiety during the day, I've had him since last January .. I just adore my little guy and its so upsetting to see this..I am retired so we're together all day..can anyone please recommend something I can give him to ease this for him? Also so so picky about food I did spoil him giving his favorite treats and now refuses most everything including chicken breast, Origen kibble rated the most nutritional on the market..


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If you are 'with him all day' it is possible that the dog has separation anxiety? Or is this simply an anxious dog? There is something called Rescue Remedy that you can use to put in their water, or 4 drops in their mouth. Or there is a pheramone that is comforting to dogs. It comes in a spray, a collar, or a plug in. It smells like a nursing mother dog? I can't remember what it is called, but some of the members will! If this is when you leave, you've got to train him. No prolonged leaving, no sympathy, no cooing, nothing. Just leave with a cheerful 'I'll be back'. Go for a minute or two at first. Then longer and longer until he settles down right away. If the anxiety is really bad, you may have to get medication from the vet? It would help if you can discribe the behavior a little more.
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As for the food, just put down the kibble and leave it for 20-30 minutes. Pick it up if not eaten and offer it again 4-5 hours later. If he still doesn't eat, try again in 4-5 hours. Most dogs will eat if hungry enough. The trick is not to 'cave in' and feed him treats. Like a kid that holds out for something sweet!
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My 3 year old rescue chi is still having such anxiety during the day, I've had him since last January .. I just adore my little guy and its so upsetting to see this..I am retired so we're together all day..can anyone please recommend something I can give him to ease this for him? Also so so picky about food I did spoil him giving his favorite treats and now refuses most everything including chicken breast, Origen kibble rated the most nutritional on the market..


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No this is not just when I leave I take him with me everywhere it's during the day at different times just like something he remembers that causes it looking very scared and trembling I tried the thunder shirt and wasn't really effective.i have heard about the hemp canabis that you rub on ear tips any feedback on that, he weighs 4.5 lbs..


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As for the food, just put down the kibble and leave it for 20-30 minutes. Pick it up if not eaten and offer it again 4-5 hours later. If he still doesn't eat, try again in 4-5 hours. Most dogs will eat if hungry enough. The trick is not to 'cave in' and feed him treats. Like a kid that holds out for something sweet!


He has been given the true treats grilled sirloin jerky treats and he loves that better than anything but I know that isn't good either.. he can go days refusing his food and also days that he won't go to the bathroom, very frustrating..I worry a lot,about what to do..he will not touch the oregen kibble at all...


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I would hold out on him. If he doesn't eat, he won't 'go'. Not to worry. You need to be stronger than he is. Maybe a trainer can help you. This dog is too much of a 'velcro' dog. He doesn't know how to be a dog. Is there any doggy group he can belong to. Some gentle dogs he can play with?
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Have you heard of DAP collars, like Adaptil? I just started using one on Cuddles, and it has helped her a lot with her excessive barking.
Sentry makes a generic version, but they are strongly lavender scented and can be irritating. Theirs are a bit cheaper than Adaptil, though.

They use Dog Appeasing Pheromone, which is given off by mother dogs, to calm your dog

https://www.chewy.com/comfort-zone-a...fort/dp/126835

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We have the same things with our smallest chi, Bella. It seemed odd times during the day that she would randomly show anxiety by shaking or jumping, etc. A lot of times, after watching her, we noticed it could be a small change or noise that we normally don't really notice (sometimes it was the sound of our front door opening and closing lightly when wind hit-we try to catch that now but it's not always possible until we notice it). The only thing that helped her and currently helps her is to put her in a peaceful area with a blanket she can dive into. We are with them all day too and tried to hold her until she stopped the current anxious movement but it just took time and a corner on her own. Our son is very studious and always near his bed writing or reading; she started going on his pillow in his bed next to him when she started to feel anxious. Each of us were even nearby or in the next room, cooking or another activity. She seemed to find that solution on her own and does it now even when he's not here and away with his classes. Our daughter pets her and gives her attention and she really seeks that but when she is more anxious, she seems to want to just be on her own or in a very silent place. Hope this helps you if other things can fail; she could really just be needing a noise free place to veg a bit away from the big people bustle we take for granted.
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