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Dog is scared of noise, scared to pee, scared to poop,

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Dog is scared of noise, scared to pee, scared to poop, scared of shadows, scared of rain. won't walk with me, near strangles to get back inside. Was in a shelter for 6 months, I was told she never soiled her 4X4 cell. I have a 45X16, covered concrete area and a 30X18 yard, the dog only goes inside. Outside she cowls down and shakes for hours while I sit with her. I cannot leave her outside as I live in an area where we have red ants. She has never taken a treat from me. Will go for days without eating, tried 7 different foods, dry and wet, that's 14 foods! PetSmart says they cannot help her, she has PTSD. Please help me to help her, please!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.


I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help with your question about your dog.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

I'm so sorry you're having this problem, but glad you're looking for the information you need. It sounds like you're going through a really difficult time with her. I want you to know help is available, and I can help to point you in the right direction.

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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm sorry to hear that you've had such a rough time with your girl. You are an angel for her - I hope that you know that.

Having come from a shelter situation at a later age, there's just no way to know what she went through as a pup. It didn't necessarily have to be an abusive situation, though. Dogs who are not well socialized can be very much more prone to fears and anxieties. Their brains are open to new experiences during their neonatal period, but once that socialization window of time closes, they will be naturally wary of anything that they've not yet experienced. Truly, if you've tried a private trainer (not just the class at PetSmart) and multiple vets have confirmed that she is healthy, then I would consider discussing anti-anxiety medications with your vet. With signs as severe as your'e describing, it's very likely that she's going to need some medicinal help to allow her to be more receptive to the training that you're trying to do. Anti-anxiety medications can do a world of good for a pup who needs to start building some positive associations in their life. It doesn't have to be forever, just enough to get her unstuck and moving forward. Please let me know what other questions and concerns I can handle for you

~Dr. Sara


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