betsy

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  1. It is awful to see the severe anxiety. We have had good success with clomicalm, after trying xanax with no good results, plus other adjuncts too (DAP, thundershirt, music). I also allow sleeping in the bedroom when it is a bad thunder night. In a much better place now, but took a bit of trial and error, and I'm glad that the medications have helped. One day we might get off them. It is. There was one which just dulled her faculties but I could still see fear in her eyes and I just held her. I can't remember what that one was now, but we did find one which just made her sleepy rather than dull. It really is plain horrible to see them in such a state of fear. Molly is so bad she associates heavy rain with thunder so that sets her off. We started giving her a beta blocker to stop a heart attack after a consult with a veterinary behaviourist. And because we are rural, a farmer shooting also triggers a strong fear response. I know what you mean about the heavy rain - we experienced the same here. But actually on the meds the heavy rain anxiety has almost gone completely!
  2. It is awful to see the severe anxiety. We have had good success with clomicalm, after trying xanax with no good results, plus other adjuncts too (DAP, thundershirt, music). I also allow sleeping in the bedroom when it is a bad thunder night. In a much better place now, but took a bit of trial and error, and I'm glad that the medications have helped. One day we might get off them.
  3. I wonder if it would be safe to use outside (undercover). When I am home I can manage it ok (with lots of other help and medications) but is when I am away that I worry. We have made progress with the medication and some other strategies though. I think that there would be a market for something that works. I think there is a crate made in the UK that is supposed to be soundproof, with aircon fan etc. http://www.prestigepets.co.uk/quiet-kennel/
  4. If it worked it would be amazing!
  5. Hi Tint, I don't post much in here these days, but have 2 Aussies - a 6 yo boy and 10 month old girl. They are a bit different in temperament, but both quite full on at times but then as I speak they are lazing around. What I love about them is they are so happy and I love coming home at the end of the day to be greeted by such fun and enthusiasm. They also love training time and are quite smart. My older dog is very independent (read stubborn at times), whereas the younger one is a bit more biddable and wants to please. If you do go down the track of getting an Aussie, I would strongly recommend committing to a couple of years (at least ) of dog training at a club - they really love it and it has helped me, a first time owner (although having dogs all thru my childhood) cope with some of the cleverness/drive of the breed. As others have said, it is really worth speaking to a good breeder as there are a lot of variations in 'personality' - I had already thought about what I wanted in my second dog, and I was guided in the right direction by a good breeder. Good luck!
  6. I have attended pre-school with both my puppies and found it valuable. They were run by a trainer at a vet after hours. Even though the second time around I had done a lot of training already, the socialisation aspect was great.
  7. Thanks for sharing the snow photos Lisa, Nova obviously having a blast. I for one am glad that the weather seems to be improving :)
  8. Adorable!
  9. I have a very enthusiastic agility Aussie too! Tonight was a big night for us as he managed to do 12 weaves at training. :thumbsup: It has easily been the most difficult piece of equipment to train (he looooooves tunnels, jumps, dog walk etc). I also have to dampen down the enthusiasm and slow him down a bit on the equipment because he zips around. Anyway, what I think got us over the line was last week due to poor weather and me being the only one to turn up for the class, the instructor very happily did a one on one weave training session (6 poles). It was fantastic to get the feedback and to be honest Ziggy is so happy to be training that we were able to do quite a number of run throughs to get it right. So tonight when he had a go with 12 poles, he did the initial run and popped out around 10, then tried again and just did them all! He managed to repeat this performance. (BTW I'm not entirely sure what method we have been using, but close to the 2x2 I think)
  10. So sorry for the loss of a much loved companion LP. He sounded like such a character.
  11. Super cute Nik! Just as well he doesn't mind being dirty with the weather we are having.
  12. Lovely to see pics of your fosters doing so well. I'm sure Twiggy will love her new life, and you will have plenty of fun with Cupcake. Cannot get too many photos of Hoover and Mini Me.
  13. I'm still deciding on whether we will be ready for June 21 at Altona. I don't know the Cherry Lake area - but have been looking on google maps. Is the 20km covered by doing multiple laps around the lake?
  14. Yay for Twiggy and her fabulous new life