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    Has anyone here ever gotten to this point and if so were there any improvements in behaviour?
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    ChoppaChop - medication will only work if you also have a plan for training the problem dog while on medication.

    I used it once - a very long time ago - but had also organised myself with a trainer I liked. Pup was only on that stuff for about 2 months.

    So just expecting the medication to work alone - then no. All you will get eventually is a truly zonked out pup - who will continue needing more and more medication - and then where do you go ?

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    Thanks Riley

    He's been going through different training methods for almost 18 months now....all to no avail. Things have if anything , gotten worse. I've run out of options so to speak ( edit to add - apart from an ecollar)
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    going to work with a dog that has been on meds for his anxiety, he's so explosive even i'm scratching my head after half an hour. Oh the screaming, fitting, thrashing across the road from a dog that has lost interest and wandered off.

    Email me Chop, inline_k9@yahoo.com have you got a video?

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    Pheremone collars maybe ??

    Nev from the forum seems to of had some luck with them. Bronx was wearing it when i visited him and Nev said it seemed to calm him right down and stop his barking.
    Now he's here with me and hasnt got it on he has been barking a fair bit.

    Dunno much about em, just thought i'd throw it out there.


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    Maybe - ChoppaChop - a bit more info is needed as to the problems that you are having - so maybe someone on this forum could help you !

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    I'm having similar anxiety issues with my Buddy. I'm at my wits end really. I've had him for 3 years, since day one he can't be alone - he has to have human company (especially mine).. We tried all the exercise and mental stimulation in the world but would still come home to a destroyed house (trying to get out the windows / doors).. which then led to day care for almost 2 years. Behaviour specialists as well.. I've tried everything. The last two weeks I've been leaving Buddy at home while I go to work, I walk him in the morning and I also have a walker during the day.. he's only alone for about 3 hours before and after the walker comes.. he cries allllllll day. The neighbours have had it (don't blame them), I've received a letter from the council, now.. Buddy will have to go back to day care - which still isn't solving the issue! My life revolves around my dogs life for the moment... I love him to bits, he's my best friend and I would do anything for him, but where do I draw the line and try to think about my own life? How can I train him to be alone if he cries and the neighbours are pulling their hair out? So frustrated!!!! Sorry about the vent, but I'd love to hear any solutions as I'm all out of them!

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    Thanks Nehk the dog you talk of sounds oh so very familiar.
    Will email in the morning and will get a video on the early walk...oh joy *sigh* lol

    Don't know much about the pheremone collars so will look further into that !

    Its ruddy frustrating isn't Natalie.....
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    I would like to add, that anxiety meds can be from various drug groups. SSRI's are non addictive, and you would not have to increase the dose. But would have to wait 28 days for blood serum levels to get into therapeutic range.
    Benzodiazepines would be addictive, and tolerance will build over time and so yes, you would need more and more. I seriously doubt any vet would prescribe these drugs outside of an emergency.

    I have seen dogs do very well on SSRI's, but they have shown high compulsion to certain repetitive behaviors, like chasing shadows, tails, more than anxiety.

    I have had success with a very anxious rotty, not from meds, but from a trainer working with me on calming. result, settled around us and home, no change outside of house or when visitors came. So partial.

    Good luck.

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    I'm getting there Nek!
    It was a stormy day yesterday and last night so will try to video his afternoon walk today.
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