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I've been forced into watching my brother in laws dog .The

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I've been forced into watching my brother in laws dog .The dog is a one man dog and without his master he has holed himself up in the bed room He wont let us near him and eventually will attack us . So he has been using the bathroom on the floor. The masterbisnt coming back for several more days what can we do?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 months ago.


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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 months ago.

I am sorry to hear about this concern.

First, I would notify your brother immediately of exactly what is going on, so you can get any suggestions from him on how to handle his pet. I would imagine, similar situations have happened before since he is 5 years of age.

Second, although it may take some time to get it, there is a over the counter product called Adaptil. It is a dog pheromone product, that releases a chemical in to the air that can help with stress/anxiety. It is called Adaptil, and a larger petstore like Petsmart may carry it.

Third, continue to offer him treats throughout the day so he can build a positive relationship with who is caring for him. It can take time. But, take no risks!
Really unfortunate situation, and sorry you are stuck.
I would also inquire with your brother if he tends to be more male aggressive versus a women caring for him.
Wish I could throw out more suggestions, but his dog definitely would benefit from a professional trainer or these problems will continue every time he leaves and get progressively worse.

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 months ago.

When the owner first left, I assume the dog was just in the livingroom or walking around. So, initially, he was fine. Some pets, if cornered, can also get defensive. So, I don't know if being confined to that room is making him worse, but I can't suggest just letting him out, because I don't know if he will attack you. That is a question to also ask your brother.

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thanks for your advice..the dog is pretty aggresive and I believe this is the first time he's been left alone In a house. Apparently he was left for a few days in a fenced in area by himself. he is a male Who still has the family jewels . we did insist on a rabies shot. When they got here a month ago. Dog is less aggressive to wife but she is away too and he wouldn't leave room with her either. What about. Some sort of doggie relaxant?
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 months ago.

Only way to get it is going to be to have a mobile veterinarian com to the home, otherwise, because it is a prescription, there is no way to get it without an exam or at least a vet onsite.

There are some over the counter calming pills, but they don't work very well under high stress situations.

Some people use benadryl antihistamine for sedative effect, but I think there's no chance for that to safely help in this situation.

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Like you said I can't just let him out and know way he will let me look him up I couldn't get close enough to hook him up he lets me slide in food but right after he's finished he gets back in attack mode
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 months ago.

Consult your brother for advice. Certainly, I feel he should be responsible for the mess you are going to have on your hands.

Only other option is to consult a professional trainer to come to the home and evaluate the situation. That is not a bad idea.

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 months ago.

I should add. Worst case scenario. Maybe the local Animal Control can assist you to get the pet out of the house and in to a boarding situation. But, please be safe.

I hope my responses were satisfactory. If there was anything I did not address,please reply. Otherwise, I greatly appreciate when you select a feedback rating so I may close the question.

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 month ago.

I hope everything is going okay?

May I be of any further assistance?

Dr. Andy

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