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    Hi, Paul here, I have a 4yr old undesexed female Kelpie/Catahoula cross, I love my dog (her name is Mya) but at the moment shes driving me crazy and its starting to affect my mental health, Mya cries and whimpers a lot and I mean '' A LOT'', when I go down the road and come home, shes shoving her face under the side gates whimpering and crying, she sits at the back door looking in doing the same and when she comes in, shes way too over excited and will sit on her bed crying and whimpering. popular advice says ignore it, but doing that is driving me crazy and shouting at or telling her off has no effect as shes getting the attention she wants,we have another small dog whos mainly indoors, and my partner spoils the small dog (cant change that) and she has never been used to being the only outside dog, this behaviour is only a recent thing and its getting worse.
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    Perhaps you could tell us more about your exercise routine for Mya. This cross will need a lot of exercise and attention as she is a working dog. if she is crying and seeking attention it s probably because she is going slowly crazy for lack of you giving her what she needs. Thes dogs like to spend a lot of time with their person and unless they are on a farm working they dont do so well being left in the backyard to amuse themselves.

    You say she is 4 yo, is this a new thing or has some change in your life and routine with her perhaps upset things.

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    Is there something different with her? Is she coming into heat? Is she pregnant?
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    You're missing a step - showing her what you want and rewarding her for it. Shouting etc doesnt do much if there's no alternative as you see. The whining and anxiety if it's fast onset there's something hormonal going on I reckon
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    not sure, we lived in Cairns last year and I walked her everyday, we moved here last year when my sister died, Mya stayed with friends whom spoilt her and over indulged her allowing her complete rule of the house, I got her back in Feburary, shes been fine until recently, shes just come off heat 2 weeks ago, no shes not pregnant as I did not allow her out of our well fenced yard and its impossible for other dogs to get in

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    ok that makes sense and yes I agree I must be missing something, I want to be a better and more consciencious dog owner and do the right thing, hormonal sounds right, as shes just come off heat, I plan desexing in November, hopefully it may calm things down

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    well when I lived in Cairns she was walked once maybe 2x a day, then there was a huge change and we had to come here when my sister died, there was some upset to our routine whilst I had to live in a boarding house and she stayed with friends, I got her back in feburary, my health hasn't been good and I suffer with chronic acidic reflux and vomiting as well as being exhausted and tired which means I cant walk her like I used to, my partner doesn't believe in walking dogs so I cant change that, when we lived in Cairns she was with another large dog all the time, now shes a mainly outdoor dog (she comes in at night for a while before bed) and we have a very small inside dog and my partner says ''why punish the small dog by making it be outside with her when hes an inside dog'' so Ive got no understanding and support there

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    I suffer with chronic acidic reflux and vomiting as well as being exhausted and tired
    These are probably connected. I have a friend who had acid reflux - and it wasn't diagnosed until way too late - and the acid was going into his lungs and making him really tired because he couldn't breathe properly and his lungs were being "digested" and damaged. He ended up needing a lung transplant and has had some serious complications since including brain damage.

    If I got this problem and I was too tired to walk my dog - I would be pestering the GP for a referal to a specialist with a view to getting a surgical fix, if lifestyle and diet didn't fix it.

    And I don't think I'd be accepting "My partner doesn't believe in it" for an excuse either. Why punish the big dog by making it stay outside and not giving it any exercise. I can understand her not wanting to exercise your big energetic dog but this is ridiculous.

    Love me - love my dog is how I see it. What's the point in having a partner with no understanding or support?

    Meanwhile - you can't take care of your dog, and your partner won't. Maybe your dog would be better off with your friends who were looking after her while you were in the boarding house?

    Don't let the acid reflux kill you - from what you say - I think it's already started and you need to get real help urgently.

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    Thumbs up thanks, yes i have a referral to a gastroentraologist

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    These are probably connected. I have a friend who had acid reflux - and it wasn't diagnosed until way too late - and the acid was going into his lungs and making him really tired because he couldn't breathe properly and his lungs were being "digested" and damaged. He ended up needing a lung transplant and has had some serious complications since including brain damage.

    If I got this problem and I was too tired to walk my dog - I would be pestering the GP for a referal to a specialist with a view to getting a surgical fix, if lifestyle and diet didn't fix it.

    And I don't think I'd be accepting "My partner doesn't believe in it" for an excuse either. Why punish the big dog by making it stay outside and not giving it any exercise. I can understand her not wanting to exercise your big energetic dog but this is ridiculous.

    Love me - love my dog is how I see it. What's the point in having a partner with no understanding or support?

    Meanwhile - you can't take care of your dog, and your partner won't. Maybe your dog would be better off with your friends who were looking after her while you were in the boarding house?

    Don't let the acid reflux kill you - from what you say - I think it's already started and you need to get real help urgently.

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    thanks, I have a referral to a gastroentralogist, I cant trust my friends to look after Mya because last time they spoilt her and she was permenantly in the house, riddled with fleas, getting mange on her leg, and they cant be trusted to have the dog, ive tried with my partner and its just not worth the headaches that arguing causes and trust me I do wander why im in this relationship, but that aside I am starting to see that cos Mya has working dog pedigree, its not fair for her to be couped up too long

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