01-25-2019, 05:31 PM
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Wow! That sounds like so much continual stress for your little Whiskey! Poor little guy.
I know that for me, I have had some periods of time where it was one stressful event after another that were basically out of my control. It made me feel kind low energy and depressed and basically blah for a while. Kinda like, heck what else bad stuff is around the corner? Maybe your dog feels a bit like this?
Maybe your dog needs to do more fun things with you to get his spirits back up?
Anyway, just a thought. What can you do to restore your relationship with your beloved doggie?
Here's some of my suggestions that may help:
1) Feed your dog his meals right next to you. Sit with him or have him eat his dinner while you guys eat yours. Eating is a bonding thing in my opinion.
2) Take him on relaxing walks. Let him sniff anything he likes, let him take his time.
Reward him with treats when he "checks in" or looks at you.
3) Sit down outside your house (or at a shopping center or park) and watch the world go by together. Talk to him when you are out. Bring yummy treats!
4) Massage! I give my dogs lots and lots of relaxing massage. Not normal petting, but massage and scratchies. You can put on relaxing music, too. Or look up T-Touch. This will increase bonding with your dog. (And it will relax you too!!)
5)If the treats you are giving him aren't working, try UPPING THE VALUE. That means instead of giving dry Milkbones or biscuits, give him small steak bites or homemade chicken bites, or real cheese or small bits of hot dog or deli meat. See what he looooooves and use that for a while.
6)Try some food puzzle games. My dogs love these.
7) Do lots of fun trick training with your dog. Make it super exciting and fun and when he gets a trick right be super happy for him. Show him how proud you are of him. Dogs love this. And they love to learn and earn praise and treats.
8) Go for a car ride if he likes that. Mine love it!! Roll the windows down a bit and let your dog smell the fresh air.
9) Take him to a pet store to sniff around. Again, this is a lot of fun for my dogs. Dogs looove to sniff all the cool smells there. Bring treats and reward him for all good behavior.
10) If he sleeps in a crate in another room, maybe move his crate next to your bed so y'all can be closer.
Last edited by AthenaLove; 01-25-2019 at 05:33 PM.