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Old 11-28-2017, 09:24 PM
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My dog is over anxious all the time

I need advise. I know that the internet is not always the best place to ask questions, but I am out of options.

I have a 4 year old GSD /border collie mix. When I got her i knew she was a high energy dog and would have to spend a lot of time with her and I welcomed that. For a while everything was awesome, but then life changed for me and I haven't been able to exercise her or spend as much time as I would like to with her.

She is constantly anxious around the house, panting and breathing hard. Whining all the time. When i am able to play with her all this goes away and she is on cloud 9 for that time, but the very second I stop she go and lays down and starts whining.

I have tried dog parks, but she absolutely hates car rides and by the time i get to the park she is so amped up she doesnt do anything but lay in a corner and pant.

I take her on walks, but it doesnt come remotely close to being enough for her. Ive tried about every type of toy there is and they are only a temporary solution. My vet wants to give her anti anxiety meds, but I would like to find another solution.

I think another dog might be able to do the trick, but if im wrong now I have twice the problem and really wont have the time to spend with two dogs.

Hopefully, my life situation will change someday but for now and the foreseeable future this is what I have to work with.

I welcome any solutions that don't involve giving my dog away.
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Old 11-28-2017, 10:12 PM
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My dog had severe separation anxiety and was literally a danger to himself and destroying the apartment. The lowest introductory dose of Zoloft did wonders for him. I did some behavioral tactics as well but the medication made a huge difference in his state of mind and lowered my stress in dealing with him exponentially as well.

If you're at the point of considering giving her up and feel you've tried everything thing else, what's the hesitation with trying medications?
And many dogs love car rides, can she have fun toys or treats that just live in the car so she associates car rides with fun activities? All my dogs learned very quickly that we'd go in the car to get to the "park", or "beach" or "stable" or somewhere they absolutely loved. I'd say the positive word at home theyd get all happy and excited and off we'd go.
Sorry if you've already tried these things to get her to like car rides, just thought it might help in case you hadn't.
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Old 11-28-2017, 10:33 PM
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I like your ideas and i may give some a try. I wish it were separation anxiety I have some knowledge on how to deal with that, but this is just general anxiety. Right now I am taking a break from playing with her as I am typing this response and she is pacing back and forth in the living room panting and whining.

I got her young but not newborn. I am not sure if something traumatic happened to her before I got her, but if I take her anywhere near the front door, touch a leash, or put her in the car her anxiety quadruples instantly. I wish I had more time and I could take her to a dog park every day or anything, but sadly I dont have that kind of time right now

I might give zoloft a try, my vet did give me something a while back and because I really didn't want to be doping my dog the pills he gave me worked like antibiotics, but slower. A dose every day and after a couple of months it might make a difference. Well, a month into it I had to leave town for two weeks so I boarded her and they didn't give her the medication, thus, erasing any progress we might have made.

To clarify I will never give up my dog unless forced. When I got her she became a member of the family.
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Old 11-28-2017, 10:45 PM
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Antidepressants like Zoloft and others can really help with anxiety but they do take four to six weeks to get into the bloodstream at a therapeutic level. My dog is in the first dose and he's eighty pounds and has probably gained at least ten pounds since he started. Which is good he was too thin before
Trust me he's not at all doped up or a zombie! If he doesn't get his daily hour or two at the dog park playing, he's running around the apartment chewing up things, chasing the cats at 4am and dragging me around the neighborhood and vaulting fences chasing every rabbit he sees on our walks. He needs daily exercise.
If you don't have daily time for her, can she go to doggy daycare or have a dog walker or anyone take her to the dog park or a dog play group or for some play time a few hours a couple of times a week that you can't do it? That might also help a lot.
When I had a temporary job requirement of working twelve hours a day four or five days a week and driving four hours a day, I put my dog in doggy daycare at least two or three days a week so he'd have buddies to play with all day and lots of attention. The weekends and one or two other days I left early and prioritized extra dog park time and spending time with him. He was happy with that for a few months.
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What kind of mental training/stimulation does she get? That's a mix of VERY smart dogs, and if they don't have a "job" they can get very neurotic. I have found (in my experience) excessive exercise can make it worse. There is a fine balance between enough to get an energy outlet, but not so much that you're conditioning a dog to require a massive amount of exercise.

Brain training, either through tricks, obedience, nosework (fantastic outlet for a GSD!), and treat-dispensing toys will be a large help to you.

The other thing is has she always been anxious? Or is she struggling to adjust to your new lifestyle?
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She has always been on the anxious side. I have had friends come over and continuously wonder if my dog was ok because she is constantly breathing hard and rapidly. The vet insists that she is perfectly healthy.

I have played the nose games with her but they dont last too long her nose is really dang good! lol Treat dispensing toys take her about 30 minutes to figure out. My dog is way to smart lol
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What @Shandula said x100. Dog needs more stimulation. Gonna have to go the extra mile and make the games challenging for the dog. Mental stimulation is key here. Some dogs you almost literally cant physically tire them out. My current german shepherd is high energy and very very smart. He's only 10 months old, but without daily obedience training to work his mind, games that provide exercise with brain games thrown in, and some all out free exercise, he is barely tolerable in the home. As long as he has these things 8 out of 10 days, he's good. If not........ Oh lawdy.
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