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Old 07-28-2012, 12:02 AM
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DIAGNOSIS
Probable generalized anxiety
Fear of storms/rain
Separation anxiety during non-routine departures
Dog-dog and human directed reactivity
The answer, for now, is daily Prozac and situational Clonidine (whenever we have to break routine and run the risk of a separation based reaction), yay drugs! She said that he is a perfect candidate for behavioral medication and that she thinks he will really respond well, which makes me happy.

The doctor was amazing, seriously amazing. I felt so comfortable and she was able to give me some great feedback. We are going to be doing A LOT of really boring relaxation work and screwing up things that he may be using as cues that we are leaving (like picking up the keys, and then sitting down on the couch with them instead of leaving. Putting shoes on, then taking them back off, or wearing them around the house, etc.).

We also have to start ignoring him before we leave and right after we come home. I know that I should have started this a long time ago, I tell customers all the time that it can help with dogs with mild SA, but gah! That's when he is cutest!! And most interactive, and adorable! This is by far going to be the most difficult part for both Ryan and I. :/

She pointed out a lot of things that I feel like I should have put together myself a long time ago, like that his issues in the car are SA based, even though I'm IN the car.

This post is probably pretty scattered, lol, but my brain hurts from braining so hard at the appointment and I need sleep
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:35 AM
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YAY for awesome educated people to help our crazy dogs.

I just want to point out to Chazhound that Frodo and Bailey are samesies in the medication department... that means they're really, really cool, right?
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:32 AM
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So glad you guys got the help you needed!! Hopefully the meds help Frodo and you start to see massive amounts of improvement!
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:41 AM
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Hopefully!! Maybe he could even, like, take a walk with Classic or something
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:48 AM
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Gambit would love to join the party, too! He has three of the four issues you mentioned (no thunder/rain fear), and nothings more fun then a pack of crazy dogs, right?
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:54 AM
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Gambit would love to join the party, too! He has three of the four issues you mentioned (no thunder/rain fear), and nothings more fun then a pack of crazy dogs, right?
Frodo's storm/rain issue is by FAR the least of his issues. Most times he doesn't even care, occasionally he gets stressed when the rain hits the windows really hard. All I have to do though it stick him in his Thundershirt and he goes to sleep behind the couch. So, in comparison to his other crazies, it's definitely his most mild

What medication is Gambit taking?
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Hopefully!! Maybe he could even, like, take a walk with Classic or something
Hahahahahah let's not push it.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:56 AM
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Hahahahahah let's not push it.
I know, though I *am* hoping he can be comfortable just seeing ginormo dogs so that we can eventually compete!
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:58 AM
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I know, though I *am* hoping he can be comfortable just seeing ginormo dogs so that we can eventually compete!
Classic's more than willing to help him get past his issues! Luckily of all of Classic's problems, dog reactivity isn't one of them. (as long as they arn't behind a fence that is. LOL)
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:58 AM
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Enzo was on Prozac for like, 6 months I think? It helped a LOT with her SA at home, but it didn't do anything for her at work with me where she was the worst. It took the edge off a little bit, but being at daycare was too stressful for her. She was weaned off and is still a ton better at home, and I just don't bring her to work with me.

The difference it made for a friends dog though, was amazing. He went from agoraphobic pretty much to being able to handle moving across the city, being able to go on walks, settling down in the car better and being able to greet people. He was never dog reactive or aggressive, just scared witless of people and the change is just flooring. He was on Prozac for nine months and was weaned off and is still doing wonderfully.
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