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Old 02-26-2019, 03:11 PM
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Sudden Puppy Anxiety

Hello!

I'm desperate to help my 13 week old Pomeranian, Chihuahua, Corgi mix with her anxiety. We brought her home at 11 weeks and she was a happy and lovely addition to our family. It seems as though she all of a sudden now hates me and hides either under the couch or in her crate all day, she licks and chews at her paws and seems generally depressed

I've taken her to the vet for her second shots and he says there's nothing physically wrong with her, so it must be emotional. A few days ago while taking off her harness she yelped considerably loud in fear and since then she's been super timid towards me. I don't think I hurt her by any means, but it seems like she now thinks I'm a terrible person. The vet suggested that we keep the harness on to get her used to it, so I've left it on but I'm scared we're only making it harder for her to get past it.

Is there hope for an anxious puppy like this to get over her anxiety? I'm so sad, she was previously so happy but now it seems for the last couple days she's just not at all. I want her to have a lovely, happy and joyful life with us and I'm not sure she wants to be here! Any help would be so greatly appreciated.
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I can't stress this advice enough, getting a kind, positive only trainer will be the best thing you can do for this puppy.

Training for an anxious dog should look something like this:
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So yes there is definitely hope!

It also sound like she could be in a fear period, these are scary for the pup as it is when they make really strong associations with fear. My pup heard a bang while pooping in one of these periods and refused to poop outside for 3 weeks. Your pup sounds like she's going through something more severe. Another great trainer to watch is here: https://zdogsblog.com/2013/08/30/whats-a-z-dog/
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