meds for anxiety??
You guys all know my adventures in dog attacks and Adam being overly protective.... well, our next step is trying to settle Adam down in social situations. Friday nite, I started Adam in private obedience classes at Petsmart. (its cheeper and I know not much is really gonna be accomplished at first! LOL) I am hoping that by putting Adam in a "safe zone" near other dogs and people that we can work with him on some training. Hopefully, he will learn that it is OK for other dogs and people to be near us. Plus, he gets extra one on one basic training (without Evie around).
At first, Adam was standing on me, barking and growling at everyone, including the trainer. We tried all sorts of treats. he finally decided that he likes the lamb meat dog food (the human grade kind in the roll like sausage). He did play nice with 3 boxer puppies (8 weeks old) and a 4 month old boxer pup. He was all lovey dovey with them!! It took about an hour and Adam finally began to start trusting the trainer. He would take treats from her and was no longer standing on my feet. She was able to tell him "come" from across the area for him to get a treat. The whole time Adam was very apprehensive about other people and dogs. As the time went by, Adam even gave the trainer some kisses! and played with a pitbull as we were leaving. (This was the sweetest PB i'd ever seen!! I told the owner of our probs and he was furious!) I was worried due to our recent probs, but Adam played nice.
The trainer suggested that we see a psychologist and maybe use some anti-anxiety drugs TEMPORARILY while we do training and lots of reassuring then ween him off the meds as his training improves.
How do you guys feel about using meds temporarily?? What about Alternative Meds??Do you think we might be able to overcome Adam anxiety without meds??
Thanks as always!!
Evie 5 yo, Flashy Fawn- cropped
Adam 4 yo, Flashy Brindle- natural
~my dear Smitty at the bridge Oct '90~
Last edited by Evie&Adam; 12th July 2004 at 10:21 AM.