|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
|Barked: Mon Aug 26, '13 1:24pm PST |
|The new things that have happened in our life:
- Moved to a new home in third trimester
- Had baby August 1st, came home that following Saturday night with baby
A lot of stressful things to happen with my pups in a short period of time. That said... These things are throwing me off a little.
Charlie has always been a bit of an anxious, stress-out dog. Examples: dependent on vehicle and driver, he can stress right out, shake, shed, pant, whine and drool in a car ride; also dependent on situation, he might show stress behaviors(most are understandable and result in me removing him from the situation).
Anyway... After moving here, Charlie, who has NEVER had an issue with ANY noises other than fireworks or gunshots, began showing HIGH stress signals and anxiety over thunderstorms. Thunderstorms, for the past five years up to this point, have been such a non-issue with him, he's slept right through them or ignored them!
And now, recently... Whenever my neighbors(any number of neighbors who have a loud vehicle really) start up their vehicles(if they're louder than normal) or rev their engines, he starts panicking!
The behaviors he displays: shaking, attempting to climb into my lap even if I'm standing(which isn't always a good thing as I'm often carrying my three week old son around!), panting, whining, whale eye, shedding, ears back, and likely others that I can't think of off the top of my head.
This happens the INSTANT the noise starts. And he'll pace my house searching for the source of the noise, but even if he found the source, he would still attempt to escape it or climb into my lap. I'm worried that the stress from these things is going to trigger seizures, but I can't exactly prevent him from hearing these things, or prevent these things from happening. Thunderstorms are unpredictable, and no matter where I live in the city, there will always be people with loud vehicles.
The last time it happened when I was still pregnant(has happened since then, but I've been busy feeding my baby most times that it happens), I tried distracting him with treats and running him through his training commands, but as soon as I finished, he went right back to being a stressed out mess.
I don't like seeing Charlie freak out and stress over things that NEVER used to be an issue... And I'm not exactly sure how to approach fixing it, or at least making these things less scary and more tolerable.
Do you think that all the sudden changes in such a short span of time is what has caused this to come about?
With the third trimester and new baby, he also began pushing buttons(not listening right away anymore, sometimes blatantly ignoring me, doing things he normally wouldn't have such as digging in the garbage or stealing off the table). That said, Ria has been completely unaffected by any of this and absolutely adores the baby. To Charlie, the baby is just another baby, save for the sudden stress and change in behaviors. My dog used to behave and I used to get constant compliments about him, and now I'm pulling my hair out. He also regressed to peeing on his dog bed(which I expected anyway as he seems to do it whenever my brother spends the night, so I expected it to happen when the new baby came - nothing new).
He is also perfectly healthy other than his epilepsy.
I've tried getting him out at night(when it's cool enough) for walks, both with and without the stroller/baby to try to help ease some of his tension and energy because I know the sudden change in routine is likely part of the cause... It's hard when you're exhausted, but I don't want this to negatively impact him more than it has.
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