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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2012, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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My dog is stressed. :(

I have an eight year old German Shepard who acts like a three year old child and always has. He is afraid of EVERYTHING. Fireworks, thunder, fire alarms (when they beeb because the battery is low), phones (when you type in the numbers) things like that. In two days I'm bringing home my two new puppies. They are now 5 months old (because the shelter is staffed by incompetent individuals) but he has been stressing for the past few days and I'm worried what two new animals will do to him. I'm pretty sure it is due to the construction we are doing to parts of our house. We recently made a 6 ft cutout in his favorite room the dining room and I think he liked having "his own room". I don't know how to make him feel better through all these changes we have coming. Any advise?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2012, 12:57 PM
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honestly if he doesn't like puppies it might not be a good idea to bring home puppies. He's 8 that is on the upper end of a german shepherds life span, if you know you are going to stress him out more why get puppies he hasn't met and likes?

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I already adopted them. Actually a month ago but they got caught up in the shelter system. He's upset now and obviously he knows nothing about the puppies.
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I think 2 new puppies might distract you from your problematic shepherd. Focus on him. Bringing the 2 new ones home will make him feel replaced, try not to change his routine. Engage him in the training.
My dog had extreme anxiety. We put him on rescue remedy, melatonin and valerian root to calm him. But really, with his age your dog might have heightened hearing making all these noises more pronounced to his sensitive hearing. I suggest a good positive reinforcement trainer to help him get used to sounds.
Do they make dog ear plugs??
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I guess you should try some thing different in their routine, don't change routine but change the way of training, for example if you are taking them for walk, don't take them to same places, change their nutrition, serve them what they like.


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Hello toriej, I have just the exact same scenario at my house as your going to go through. My family has had a bull terrier for 8 of her nine years of life. She is very outgoing but also very nervous for strange reasons. My family had to pack up and move a few years ago and on top of that, brought a new dog into the home. An especially excitable long-haired miniature dachshund. Gretchen (our bull terrier) was driven into a state where she would get worked up over extremely small things and go hide. This continued for about a month and they have been the best of buds since.
It may be a culture shock to your Shepard at the start, but eventually he may lighten up to the idea of a new companions.


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Probably good introduction between them is very essential. They should be familiarized with each first like through scent so they will be aware they will new ones. I always watching Cesar Milan tv show and seen lots of dog cases like yours so it may help if you watch Dog Whisperer too.

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Probably good introduction between them is very essential. They should be familiarized with each first like through scent so they will be aware they will new ones. I always watching Cesar Milan tv show and seen lots of dog cases like yours so it may help if you watch Dog Whisperer too.

Yeah, I totally agree with you. Good introduction is also necessary other wise they also do feel awkward and show their anger to each other, with good introduction they should be socialized also. Unsocial dogs faces many problems.


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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-07-2012, 10:56 AM
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Thats not good dude. For how long this dog is with you?
He is of eight and you didn't take any step for its training?
I'm wondering that it must not be happened. Immediately, leave your dogs
to a nearby dog boarding.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-07-2012, 07:24 PM
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you should not bring home 2 new puppies... that will be very hard on your dog and i have no idea what was running thru your mind when you decided to adopt yet, another 2 dogs when it sounds like you have one that really needs your help!
you should work on walking your dog regularly... give him plenty of exercise and love when he IS NOT scared... otherwise you will be rewarding him for the negativity... ik your first instinct is to immediately comfort your scared Shepherd but that isn't the way to go...
try to spend as much time working on him as possible... TAKE HIM to a professional dog trainer so you do not completely ruin him and maybe try giving him some calming medication as you're taking him to the trainer, so he will be calmer.. you will have to reintroduce him to everything as tho he is a puppy again, and now it will be 2x as hard since it wasn't done properly the first time... and it's going to be EVEN harder since you haven't put forth the effort to do it properly right away...
also, if you get these shows in your area, try watching, It's Me or the Dog or the Dog Whisperer -- it's a very good and helpful show... it will give you good tips for working with your dog and it helped me to properly raise and fix a shelter dog that we adopted almost 2 years ago...

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