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Help! We picked up our bitch Freya from a rescue center ten days ago. For the first week she was happy to go to sleep on her bed, was happy to be left and was really easy going, she played and interacted with us and seemed really relaxed.

In the last three days she has been increasingly anxious started shaking, has an upset stomach, she paces and will not sit still, the only way I've found to calm her is to hold her still on my lap and eventually after a bit of struggling she gives up and goes to sleep ( of course this isn't ideal as its going to feed any separation anxiety she does have). If I leave her in her crate and go out she is fine but if I leave her in a room by her self for 30 seconds she barks, wees on the floor, and gets very upset. Today I've noticed she is eating her own poop after she goes.

The frustrating thing is she is happy in her crate but we obviously don't want to keep her locked up 24 hours she needs to learn to be happy outside of it. How can I get my calm happy little girl back? Is this separation anxiety? How can I calm her without making her over dependent :(?
 

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I would have her checked out by a vet since you said there has been stomach issues and shivering. This could be an illness.
If it is not an illness then is sounds like something scared her. I would let her stay in the crate with the door open so she can go in when she is scared and out on her own when she feel secure enough. Holding her until she stops struggling is causing her to shut down, dont do it, it is not helping her. This may help.
 

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I would have her checked out by a vet since you said there has been stomach issues and shivering. This could be an illness.
If it is not an illness then is sounds like something scared her. I would let her stay in the crate with the door open so she can go in when she is scared and out on her own when she feel secure enough. Holding her until she stops struggling is causing her to shut down, dont do it, it is not helping her. This may help.
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Hi Dawnben thank you for your reply, we did take her to the vets this afternoon they think she may have parasites :(

In terms of her behaviour I should have mentioned she wont go into her crate unless we place her in there and shut her in, so basically it seems as if she will only settle if she has no other option. I feel as if she doesn't know what she's supposed to do with her self, but not sure how to calm her down.
 

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Do you have other dogs?
I always found my dogs where my best asset when it came to really anxious fosters.
I would make her a bigger crate so to speak & slowly move her from bigger crate to bigger crate(outside run with dog house) till she did not need to feel confined to feel safe.
But honestly time will be your best friend, personally I totally ignore new fosters to start with until they start seeking me out & we go from there. But that said without a stable group of dogs my approach would not work either.
 
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