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  1. I need to stop my dog eating stuff while out walking

    The Baskerville Ultra. You can pretty it up if you want. You can also teach your dog to drop items for high value treats, which you can take along with you on walks. Then if he nabs something you can swap it for something safe.
  2. Catapress

    We trialed it with Malcolm but it proved unsuitable (no improvement with anxiety, it just seemed to take the wind out of his sails physically). There are many other options if it’s not the right medication for him. See what your vet says... might be a dose issue? Have you tested whether he’s better taking it on an empty tummy or with a meal? When Malcolm first started taking Fluoxetine he’d vomit unless he had it with a meal.
  3. Frantic weed eating

    I think you should see another vet. Also, that’s not a balanced diet.
  4. Debarking

    Except she hasn’t by a long shot? She’s only seen a GP vet and tried one particular medication. It’s possible that it wasn’t even a proper med trial, given that most GP vets have no training in behaviour. There are many different medications that can be prescribed for anxiety disorders, including quick-acting ones that can provide rapid relief, while a long-acting one builds up in her system. Amy, imagine being in state of constant distress due to an untreated medical problem and having someone gag, shock or spray noxious substances at you rather than relieving your suffering. It’s not a solution. You need to see a Behaviour Vet, explain the urgency, and try different meds. They will also review the behaviour modification plan. I understand your fear and frustration. I too have a dog with anxiety (generalised anxiety disorder, noise phobias, and OCD). We have tried six or seven different medications, many combos and doses thereof, seen both a regular vet behaviourist and a registered specialist... and there are still many more treatment options we could try if needed. It’s not a case of Lovan or bust! Note that having to try as many as we have is uncommon, this is just to give perspective. You appear to be in QLD? If I were in QLD, I would see Dr Nela Graham (Calm Companions) who travels to Brisbane periodically and also does Skype consults.
  5. Debarking

    You need to see a Behaviour Vet.
  6. Have you studied with Delta?

    You might have better luck asking in an Facebook group for positive / force free dog trainers.
  7. Stage 3 Renal Failure

    Happy for you both.

    Hi Rose! Please consult a veterinary behaviourist as others have said. Here’s a list of them – scroll down to see others in NSW who have further qualifications but aren’t registered specialists if cost is an issue. Some travel or do Skype consults. I disagree that things are set in stone. My chi mix was finally diagnosed with anxiety disorders at age 10 and has made remarkable progress with anti-anxiety medication and continued behaviour modification (all positive). He’s now 13 and much happier than he was at 10! Environment plays a part too, his is altered to reduce his day-to-day stress. Just like you’re doing with keeping your little one at home. Definitely a thorough vet exam including bloodwork. Many behaviour vet websites have information for referring vets that you could pass on. Anything that may be physically wrong will have an impact on her behaviour, for example if she is in pain. If exams are difficult because of her fear, a vet behaviourist can prescribe anxiety medications or a sedation protocol to assist. Until you can get help from a vet behaviourist, can you keep her world smaller? It’s a lot to ask of the kids I know, but limiting guests, keeping things calm, quiet, and relaxed at home – as much as is possible with a 5 and 10 y/o! – will help in the interim. Here’s an article about cortisol vacations from a trainer who also has an anxious dog. Best wishes. It may be that you need to make some tough decisions, but I think you owe it to yourselves and your dog to get professional advice from a vet who has further qualifications in behaviour medicine. Definitely DO NOT do the board and train thing.
  9. Best doggy doors for glass?

    When I was looking at them I was considering transpet... or it might have been the transcat? Tiny dog and all. We decided not to get a doggy door in the end.
  10. Bleeding Barnacles

    You could consider going to a specialist hospital. They have the extra equipment and training for special patients, including specialist anaesthesists if required. Our papillon with a serious heart condition had life-saving dental surgery at 15 or 16... it’s about selecting the right level of care for the patient. The specialist hospital we go to says they’d rather operate on a healthy senior than an unwell young adult! I like the dental idea.
  11. Please delete, thanks

    I’ve sent you a PM.
  12. Weight Loss - what is safe rate?

    We are cheering him on!
  13. Luxating Patella op recovery

    Consult a rehab vet!
  14. Grooming dogs with black nails?

    Got in before me! This is the group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/356060287872241?ref=share And this blog might help you too: https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2013/08/cutting-your-dogs-nails-how-important-is-it-really/
  15. If you’re up for a drive then I’d go to Polite Paws in Earlwood or East Kurrajong. I really like Lisa’s puppy school curriculum and she’s up to date with the latest science-based based methods. Incidentally, she also has German Shepherds! Otherwise contact PPGA or look here (you can change search criteria). Here’s a good article about how to choose a dog trainer: https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/2016/12/how-to-choose-dog-trainer.html?m=1