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Sam12

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  1. Anxiety Disorder

    I haven't! I will look into these right away thank you!
  2. Anxiety Disorder

    Thanks everyone! The behaviourist suggested the baby gate too but unfortunately due to the set up of our house there is no where I can put one to keep Gabby away from the front door. Instead I have just been popping her in her comfy cosy crate with a Kong filled with the very best treats when someone is at the door (which is best pulled off if I have a rough idea of what time to expect visitors, but the behaviourist recommended to have a kong always ready to go, for when we get those unexpected visitors!). I can't believe it but it has actually been working. I couldn't have bribed her with these exact same treats in one of her panics at the front door, but the removed/contained/safe place away from the front door seems to change everything. I am feeling hopeful.
  3. Anxiety Disorder

    Thank you! That's great to know. We have seen improvements already and have been told we can increase the everyday medication if needed as she is currently on a low dose. But we'll wait and see how she goes with the new routine for when people visit. So far so good, it just felt a bit sad like I was the only one who has to distract their dog with a kong and cat food in a crate when someone knocks on the door. Yes, that article looks to be just like how the behaviourist explained the protection vs anxiety. It's more a case of Gabby needing me because she's anxious, not her trying to protect me. Poor pup
  4. Anxiety Disorder

    She is showline. The behaviourist said she has the work ethic of a working Cocker Spaniel though - she is constantly working/worrying, even in the home. No time for pats or to enjoy to any of our visitors, she's got to keep watch for danger.
  5. Anxiety Disorder

    I agree, poor little poppet. Her first couple years we just put it down to quirky character but then it definitely got worse as she got older. Interistingly it happens to closely align with when I got very sick for a couple of years, she starting showing very anxious behaviours. I am much better now, but she is still very anxious so that may just be a coincidence.
  6. Anxiety Disorder

    I'm not sure, she is a vet and a behaviourist though. How long has your dog been on the medication for? Did you notice an improvement?
  7. Anxiety Disorder

    It is like she is really worried about protecting us and is constantly working hard to do so, even though of course she doesn't actually need to. She is constantly on edge, just watching and listening and growling and barking. I dread having visitors or courier deliveries because she goes absolutely ballistic at the front door. My partner caught her mid-air as she launched herself at the delivery man. If you hold her back it sounds like what I imagine it would sound like if you were to torture a dog. She has gotten to a stage where dogs aren't allowed to approach her or me at the park. She needs to be next to me if I am home (which sounds sweet but not when she panics if she loses me) She is responding really well to the behaviourist's recommendations - initially just a low dose of medication and a soft cosy crate to feel safe in, and now introducing a new routine and things for me to do to help. I havent been in touch with the breeder yet.
  8. Anxiety Disorder

    I have a 6 year old female English Cocker Spaniel called Gabby from a breeder here in WA. She has recently been diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder by a behaviorist. The behaviourist explained that the anxiety is mostly genetic, reinforced by reactions to her anxious behaviours, (e.g. She sees the postman, barks, he delivers the letters and then leaves. She perceives this as he left because she barked at him and so she should bark again next time). Gabby is now on medication while we try to help her with her anxiety. I guess I'm wondering... Has anyone else had a dog with this condition? I have had three Cocker Spaniels before Gabby, all of which were the easiest and happiest dogs. Living with Gabby can be exhausting but I love her to bits and want to help her enjoy life.
  9. Cocker Spaniel

    I have a 6 year old female English Cocker Spaniel called Gabby from a breeder here in WA. She has recently been diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder by a behaviorist. The behaviourist explained that the anxiety is mostly genetic, reinforced by reactions to her anxious behaviours, (e.g. She sees the postman, barks, he delivers the letters and then leaves. She perceives this as he left because she barked at him and so she should bark again next time). Gabby is now on medication while we try to help her with her anxiety. I guess I'm wondering... Has anyone else had/have this problem? I have had three Cocker Spaniels before Gabby, all of which were the easiest and happiest dogs. Living with Gabby can be exhausting but I love her to bits and want to help her enjoy life.
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