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Hi all,

I just moved from LA to Berlin with my Malinois. the first 3 weeks after we arrived she was super happy, she was making friends, she was doing a lot better in training and agility. But then she felt sick and her nipples where swollen, we visited the vet and she said that the dog psychologically thinks she is pregnant. We were prescribed a medicine. physically she started feeling better, but mentally she is not. Like most Malinois she is a power plant, she never runs out of energy, she is social and friendly. But for about a week now she has been very quite, she hides in her kennel all day even if the door is open. She barks at strangers and dogs. She doesn't listen anymore, we usually walk off leash but now she doesn't come back when I call her. How can I help her?
 

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I'm sorry to hear your girl is feeling bad. I know just what hormones and dogs are like, because our girl, Esther, still enters heat even though she is spayed. When she does she starts acting weird, barking more, trying to get the boy-dogs attention and sometimes acting more nervous around us.

Is your girl fixed? If not that could be a big reason behind her depression. If she has a drive to have babies then not having them or at least a mate may make her feel lonely and useless. She may start to want to seek them out.

It could also be a reaction to the medication. The sudden change in her physiology might be throwing her off psychologically. If she is off her medication and spayed then it may be she has an issue with her hormonal balance that is leading to this problem, in which case a vet can help determine the cause. It could be something serious, so I wouldn't leave it to rest.

If she continues to act depressed and there seems to be no other good reason, perhaps simply getting her a companion to hang out with will make her feel better. No one can speak dog better then another dog.

I hope this helps and she starts feeling like her normal self again. Best of luck!
 
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