Well, things have taken a turn for the worse. Serena appears to be depressed. She is lying down in a corner of my study just sleeping. She won't come to me, even if i am holding a treat for her. I have been waling her everyday except for yesterday when I was sick. I am taking her down to the beach this afternoon as soon as my wife gets home and can take over the kids.
I don't know what else to do. I really thought we were making progress.
Any advice appreciated.
When was the last meal she had or something to eat - and what was it ? Is she drinking water ? What are her gums like - what colour ?
What about what is coming out the back end - wee and poo ? Does it all seem normal ? Could she have hurt herself ?
Have you ever taken her to a vet since you bought her home ?
My best suggestion even with all the questions I have asked - is get some advice from a vet. When there is a sudden change in behaviour with a pup - a vet is the best person to ask !
Good Luck !
As far as I can tell, her poo is normal. She drank water today and ate her brekky. I doubt she could have hurt herself as she has been in the home for the past couple of days. Her gums appear normal pinkish tone. I should get her to the vet regardless to get her checked out anyway.
Will keep post updated. thanks Riley for you advice and concern.
The vet may be a good idea, probably not ideal but I think they can prescribe anti anxiety pills etc (someone correct me if I am wrong). That may be able to help?
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
This pup has a thundershirt – which from posts above – it seems to have been a big help. It is still early days ! At least from the posts - she is not being destructive and/or self-harming – so that is an excellent sign.
Sorry 'Ados' - some more questions !
Are you able to touch this pup everywhere on her body ? Is she wearing the thundershirt all the time or do you take it off her for periods of time on a daily basis ?
Does she have it on now ? If so - maybe take it off and check her all over to make sure there aren't any tender spots or abrasive marks on her from the thundershirt.
Has she eaten her dinner yet and how did she go ? Did you take her to the beach for a walk ?
Yes, it is always a good idea to find a vet and see them whenever you first get a pup. So I am pleased that you are going to do that soon !
If you want some references for a good vet – there are some really great members over your way – and I am sure they will help you. If not – just put up a question here !
It's so sad. Poor pup. But I agree with the others. I think a trip to the vet may be in order to make sure she isn't sick.
Thank you so much Riley J, Margoo and many others that have offered excellent advice
After I managed to coax Serena from her hiding place under my study desk, we went to the beach from where we just returned. Since our recall isnt perfect, I kept Serena on the leash. She walks so well on the leash so soon as my long line arrives, I will begin to work on our recall.
Her mood was great at the beach and her tail was wagging and she was alert and friendly. She ate her dinner when she got home. She holed up in the garage for a while so I let her be and now she has made her way under my desk once more where she feels safe.
I took the thundercoat off of her a couple of days ago as it is very hot over here in WA. To be honest, she seems the same without it on. I've checked all over her body and doesn't seem to be sore or tender anywhere. She is actually in very good physical health, its her mental health I am worried about.
I was thinking today that I am responsible for ripping her out of her home what she was used to. I just hope I can help her to enjoy her new life here.
I have an appointment to see a local vet tomorrow and I'll update my post with any info I get.
Do you know anyone with a dog(preferably Stafford or other breed which likes to play a bit rough) who you could invite over to play? Remember, she's just left an environment with many dogs to live in a one dog household. Maybe bringing another dog around for some play time might help her? Playing down the beach or park is good, but maybe some good play time in her new backyard would help her start to enjoy her new life.
You'll get there, don't despair, just keep trying different things and keep asking the experts on this forum(definately not me but I'll chuck in my two bobs anyway)
Last edited by mymatejack; 02-24-2014 at 11:02 PM.
Are you doing any training with her? Training is a great way to help your dog bond with you. No need for silly tricks if that's not what you want, just sit, drop, stay ... whatever ... plus of course some very good treats. Last week I cooked up a topside roast and then proceeded to cut it up into little cubes and freeze it in 2 - 3 day amounts. The way to a dogs heart can definately be through their stomach, but the interaction of training as well will help
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