Please someone help me. She has been trained for years and yet for the past few months is getting progressively worse. Yelling at her does nothing, she knows she is doing something wrong and hides and does it again. Increasing how many times she goes out does nothing she just holds it and goes inside and I don't know how to stop her panic attacks as the methods of soothing and swaddling her that use to work no longer do anything. Please any advice is welcome.
"There are times when our reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind." Patrick Rothfuss
[This message edited by Dark Inertia at 11:03 PM, May 16th (Thursday)]
If it is new bahavior a talk with your vet may be in order. She could be loosing her hearing..(my golden did that) and it frightens her when she 'feels' the noises rumbling.
have you tried a thunder shirt? /some friends swear by them.
Hope you find something that works and soon.
As for talking to management it is a 3 family house and my landlady lives above us. I need to speak to her about the noise. Its her, her husband, her mom, her 3 grown sons, her son's wife and her grandson...so loud all the time and it used to be so quiet. Thanks for the advice guys.
It's quite peaceful, even with the humming of the fan.
She is older so she may in fact be losing her sight (many dogs get cataracts) or losing her hearing and that can make them very panicky. I had to have antianxiety meds for my first golden after a tornado went by our house while we were away. First it was just wind that bothered him, but as he got older more things made him anxious. (he had also had significant sight loss). The meds helped tremndously.
Lastly some animals get dementia just like people, and that can make them do all kinds of crazy stuff. Some of it can be managed, some not so much.
((((to your furbaby))))
I also wonder - does she have a "safe" place to go? I'm more used to cats than dogs these days, but most animals have the same instincts when they are afraid - to hide. When our cats get startled or afraid, they go under the bed. I'm wondering if some of the behavior you're seeing isn't her trying to find someplace to hide where she feels safe, and she can't find one.
I don't know how big she is, but is it a possibility for you to get something or set up something where she could "hide"? Thinking in terms of my cats - aside from under the bed, they have a "condo" at the bottom of their scratching post, and also a small teepee-style bed. The idea is that it should be something with only one opening that she can go into and know that nothing can come at her from behind/above, and she can guard the entrance.
If you have a crate for her, this would likely work - but I'd try also covering it with a blanket or something to make it feel more enclosed. Another thought would be a box big enough for her with only an opening just big enough for her to get into it.
I'd also make sure there is padding on the bottom of it so she doesn't get vibrations from the floor.
Definitely talk to the vet about her behaviors, especially the change in where/when she urinates/defecates. But it wouldn't hurt to try giving her a "safe" (from her perspective) place to hide like this too.