Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Help.......dog advice please

If there is anyone out there who is a bit of a dog expert I would welcome some advice. Wrecks was a rescue dog and we have had him since he was 3 (we think, it's very uncertain about his exact age) now he is about 10/11. he has alot of fears and is afraid of alot, washing machines, fireworks, buses, anyone outside the family touching his head, lorries....I could go on! He feels safe at home and just lately is refusing to go out on a walk at all, he is not tempted by food and treats. It's such a shame, I'm even wondering whether he is getting a bit senile as he is ageing. Has anyone got any ideas how to manage this. We love him to bits but has had a difficult past. He has become my shadow recently and follows me from room to room, sitting right next to me....he's here now just next to me. I would really like to be able to walk with him again.


Von said...

Have you had him checked for arthritis? It sometimes stops them enjoying their walks.He is getting on a bit and sadly possibly coming to the ned of the term of his natural.Why not just let him do what he wants to do, stay close and be comfortable and secure.Good luck, he's a lovely boy.

Dartford Warbler said...

Hello Snowgoosey,

My first though was to wonder if he is seeing as well as he used to? He does look a lovely dog.

There is a very well regarded dog trainer in Mudeford. Sally Sanford has degrees in animal behaviour and has an excellent reputation. Several friends with rescue dogs have used her over the years and she has really helped. Her contact details are on the Dorset page of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Best wishes, DW and Old Dogx


Goosey said...

The latest is that he walked today for 45 mins and was fine once we had got out of the house and onto the pavement, I did entice him with the only treat he likes which is a tube of philedelphia cream cheese!
Thank you for the thoughts, I will see how he goes in the next week or so.
Once he is out and enjoying himself he jumps about like a puppy so I can't think that he has arthritis, sadly the vet is another thing he is afraid of and has to be heavily sedated before we go to see them.

Happyone :-) said...

Glad to hear you got Rex walking again. :-)

bellaboo said...

Poor Wrecks! Glad to read your update that he has been able to come out walking with you.Bonny,our first retriever lived until 16,and I'm sure Wrecks has got plenty of life in him yet!
Hope you can get the advice you need from some of the other commenters suggestions.Woofs and licks from Bella. ;0)

Helen said...

One of my old cats suddenly refused to go out of the house. We think it was because there was a new cat in the area and whilst this wasn't a problem in the past as an elderly cat she couldn't cope with it. Could be there is new dog/cat/wildlife visiting near your house. He looks a lovely dog:)

The Wessex Reiver said...

Has he been subject to some misfortune outside recently - fireworks, chased by a dog, cars, loud noises etc? it may also be that something deep indside his memory has been triggered recently. A friend of mine had a perfectly healthy rescue dog for years, then one day he rolled up a newspaper to swat a fly (I know we shouldn't) and his dog went completely mad, shaking, cowering and hid behind the sofa. My friend investigated and found out his dog had been beaten by rolled up newspapers as a puppy and that's why he'd been re-homed by a good samaritan.

Kath said...

Our old girl (13) started peeing in the house recently. We reckon she had been frightenend by some loud fireworks and was reluctant to go into the garden alone. I started going outside and waiting while she did her stuff and she is back to her old, clean self now. I am wondering if something like that scared Wrecks.

The Pen of The Wayfarer said...

i am new to your blog and saw this older post. I love dogs and have a lot of experience with them. what a sweet one you have and thanks for taking him in! Like people, fearful dogs can get less adventuresome as they age. Taking him to walk in a quiet place that he likes may help. If he likes car rides maybe take him for a short ride to a quiet place to walk.
Also, there is a technique of wrapping a dog , if you look up
"anxiety wrap" online and you dont have to buy that but see how the dog is wrapped and you can try that. even a dog jacket that is snug might work. I have a dog like yours only worse and sometimes i just have to wait until she is in the right frame of mind, sometimes getting her to play first etc.
blessings to you and your friend.

Goosey said...

Thank you for all the comments, Wrecks is much better and will walk with me again but not anyone else in the family. I need to accompany them for him to get out of the car! My daughter can do it if she has another person with her.So things are better, thanks for all the good advice.