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From: Callie (
Subject:         I agree
Date: July 7, 2009 at 7:50 pm PST

In Reply to: please, run, not walk, to your vet. posted by ellie on July 7, 2009 at 9:58 am:

If my vet were **dismissive** about something so severe it was accompanies by hair loss I'd be finding a different vet.

Is there any particular part of the house more than another that seems to be a source of anxiety?

I would be listening at walls for things like a bee/hornets nest, snakes (yes, in the walls) or something similar.

But I would seriously be having a complete workup done -- perhaps by a holistic vet.

I honestly doubt the Rescue Remedy is going to do much -- and the distillation in alcohol is part of what is helpful.

In any event, Rescue Remedy works on some dogs but not all, and it's likely not going to be sufficient to help such extreme fear.

Has there been anyone else IN your home? Change in schedule. Are there particular windows the dog avoids? Are your windows "open" now where they were closed previously?

It reminds me of a chapter in "The Dog Who Loved Too Much" by Dr. Nicholas Dodman. Where a dog suddenly became terrified any time someone opened a window blind (as in to let light in).

Long story made short -- ultimately they discovered a neighbor had actually been playing with an air rifle -- and had SHOT the dog, but it was the sound of the **neighbor** raising his blinds that immediately preceded the sound of the shot which scared the dog -- the dog immediately generalized to the sound of ALL blinds.

The other possibility -- it is very easy as an owner/guardian to actually exacerbate the very negative behavior you are trying to resolve. By patting the dog and saying "oh poor baby" you can actually make them more fearful.

so if *YOU* are actually stressing over the dog being stressed, it actually feeds the dog's own fear and worsens it.

It's honestly next to impossible for someone online to be able to know what triggers may happen in your home. It either has something to do with something that occurred as soon as a walk was over or that is somehow time-related. I would investigate anything -- from an air-conditioner that may come on, a sound (one you may not even be able to hear -- it may exceed human hearing) that may be coming from a house near yours. If your walks are typically at the same time, your return may coincide with something being turned "on" -- some machine that has a high pitch that you can't hear.

But the first stop has to be the vet -- if for no other reason than to have the vet take a look at the hair-loss, That one symptom alone would scare me.

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