Post by purplecarrie666 on Nov 20, 2016 19:55:03 GMT
Anyone had issues with separation anxiety in their rescue dog? How long did you find it took to settle? We have bought an adaptil collar and ordered a crate as well as leaving the radio on while we are out and using Kongs..any other tips appreciated!
Helping a dog settle into a new home can take time, they have lost everything they have ever known and loved, spent a difficult transition period in kennels, or a foster home, then been uprooted again... It's not surprising some dogs find all this change really difficult to cope with.
It took us about 18 months to settle Bas into a routine, that was 8 years ago, we've had nothing but joy from him since. I know it can be challenging, but please keep the faith. It might be worth having a one-off consultation with a fully qualified, trained behaviourist - there aren't many properly qualified ones in Cardiff, so be very careful who you choose! Ask them where they went to university to study animal behaviour, what professional associations they belong to, and what further qualifications/accredited courses they have completed. You wouldn't let an unqualified vet who 'has a knack with a scalpel' operate on your dog, so don't let an unqualified 'trainer' mess with your dog's head. But a professional trainer/behaviourist will be able to give you lots of good advice, appropriate for your dog and your lifestyle. There is no such thing as 'one size fits all' so if you can afford it, get someone to do an assessment soonest, before the behaviours become entrenched and escalate.
I would totally agree with Susie's post as a good behaviourist should visit to see the dog within it's own home and discuss your own personal circumstances. Definitely check out qualifications and recommendations as, currently, anyone can call themselves a behaviourist and there is potential for an ill-informed advisor to cause harm, rather than to help. For some folks, the cost of a professional behaviourist can be prohibitive and they may find good advice at a Facebook site called "Dog training advice and support".
Did you adopt from CDH? Not that it makes any difference of course, but if it's an ex-resident we'd love to see pics! There is nothing so rewarding as seeing one of our dogs claiming it's forever sofa!