Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Because I can't come up with anything funnier than this...

3 Comments:

Blogger lime said...

awwwww, now that is about the sweetest thing. thanks. you made my day.

12:23 PM, July 25, 2006  
Blogger Margie Blystone said...

I know funny when I see it... and damn, that's funny!

7:43 PM, July 25, 2006  
Blogger Animal Shelter Worker said...

Hi!

In response to your Q: The fear of the dark may be related to the shelter. If it got very dark in the humane society and she was scared, it would just reinforce her fear.

You may want to talk to your vet about putting your dog on "Clomipramine" (brand name Clomicalm). It can be used to treat anixiety.

For fear of thunderstorms you may want to try this: When she's eating play a tape of thunderstorm very very very low. So low that she has no reaction.If she shows any fear or stress reaction, it's too loud. Turn it down. Do that for a week then turn the volume up a notch. Do that for a week, then turn it up a notch. She will associate the sound of the thunderstorm with a good thing. (eating) It is IMPERATIVE that you do this slowly.

You could do something similar with the darkness. Get a dimmer on a light and feed her (Don't do this at the same time as the thunderstorm thing. Do it after or before you've conquered thunderstorms). Dim the light a bit so that she's showing no reaction and then feed her. Do that for a week then dim the light another notch.. so on and so forth.

I would also recomend getting in touch with a behaviorist. Not a trainer but a behaviorist! Someone who has a degree in animal behavior. You can check out www.animalbehavior.org for Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists.

It will be the best money you ever spent, plus it will help you girl not live a life of fear!

Paige

9:42 PM, July 25, 2006  

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