woodrat 399 Posted December 9, 2015 Report Share Posted December 9, 2015 This is a post out of desperation. Those of you with fearful pups that barked at everything and consistently developed new irrational fears every time anyone even so much as looked at them different... please, please, please tell me they grew out of it. I need to know they grow out of it. When I contacted Kim about a second puppy I had a long conversation with him about why I didn't think a fearful puppy would be a good match for me (he had offered me a pup he said would need some help and I declined). I explained to him about my own anxiety issues and how I really benefited from having a confident dog like Tamarack who I can depend on to be calm and collected in every situation so that I can draw off of that energy when I myself am lacking. He said he understood. He said I need a pup with a 'therapy style' personality. I agreed. Rune could not be any further from this. I can't even walk him down the street without him becoming frightened of every single thing that is different than the last time we walked that street. He fear-barks at every single human form he sees...and I live in a close-quarters mobile home park. He is becoming reactive to other dogs on leash because he is afraid and anxious about potentially meeting them. He has been afraid of other dogs since he was a tiny puppy and despite my bringing him to dog daycare with me every day (where he is fine with other dogs) and thus his having met hundreds of dogs in his 6 months of life, the sight of another dog approaching at a distance has him terrified. A large fluffy dog will have him panicking at the end of the leash in his effort to escape. He develops completely irrational fears all the time and it takes me forever to desensitize him to them, if I ever can at all. For months I couldn't run my microwave or the furnace in my house without reducing him to a shrieking screaming pacing mess of anxiety that would last all day. I tried all kinds of desensitization... and different methods worked on different days but only for that day.. one day he would randomly sleep through it, but the next day he'd be 3 times worse than 2 days before that. Only in just the past few weeks have I been able to turn the heat in my house on overnight... because before then he would wake up screaming every time it would come on and I wouldn't get any sleep. Today I had to borrow a car because mine was in the shop for the day, and so Rune rode in a minivan to work. He whined the whole 4 minute drive to and from, and now that I have my regular car back he is panicking when I open the door to put him in. Because of this he is in 'anxiety mode' which means he is now whining again at everything he used to be afraid of and has since gotten over (or so I thought) - microwave, furnace, etc. This is normal for him... every time we take a step forward one week we take 5 steps back the next. After 5 months of this I am an anxiety-laden wreck. Every ounce of the calm and patience I was able to foster over the past 4 years with Tamarack has been obliterated, and it's affecting every aspect of my life. Please tell me they grow out of this...! 2 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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