After my husband got bit, he learned his lesson. We haven’t had any growls or anything (because if my husband needs to take something from the dog he trades), and she seems to be settling down. I think the stress from her sickness really has been bothering her. I would be angry too. Anyways she is on antibiotics (Again). I have tried many holistic remedies, herbs, anything you can think of. After a few days on antibiotics her bacterial infection is finally starting to clear up, and she’s become so much more relaxed. She seemed crazed lately, and was even afraid to walk around the neighborhood (which is what happened right after she was attacked). I think it was because the vet switched her from benadryl to zyrtec, so I switched her back and she has been doing better. Any change even in the slightest meds would change her attitude. The benadryl can make some dogs drowsy. We haven’t seen it make her “drowsy” but she does seem more relaxed on it (she doesn’t have aroused as easy and into the “crazy eye” mood as I call it).
I have her thundershirt I put on her when I get home from work too. This helps so she isn’t itching as much from pollen allergies. She relaxes and it covers a lot of her so it’s hard for her to scratch. I have been working with her on Karen Overall’s Relaxation Protocol. This is a program which has her stay in a down position while I do all sorts of things like walking, clapping and jogging. We work through 15 days, and sometimes she gets through one day quick, sometimes she is more nervous so we spend more time. The goal is to do the program, then move her to another room and practice, and eventually be able to do the program outside and in stressful places. This will help her relax. If you have a stressed dog that doesn’t seem to know how to RELAX, I recommend the program.
We had dog class on Saturday, and she did well. Everyone now goes inside the barn when it’s time for Oreo to go back to the car. This allows her to move with me instead of focusing on them. My husband came with me to training and will be attending again with me next week (he volunteered). It’s good for him to see the hard work we have been doing and to learn about training so we can completely work together with the dog.
In other news we have been home shopping and have seen some very promising houses. We are hoping to move out of the condo to a place with less noises. There is constant door slamming, car door noises, honking, and voices being heard. It’s VERY hard for a reactive or fearful dog to live in a place like this and hopefully she will calm down and become more relaxed.