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Old 09-02-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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Im at my wits end and I can't help my dog. My dog has such severe anxity I feel he has no quality of life. I have a 5 year old and she is very active so my dog is always in a state of anxiety. I try to keep them away from each other but my house is not that big. He is always pacing, panting and trying to follow me everywhere. He is never happy anymore unless my daughter is sleeping. Any advice of what I should do? Anyone else every have this problem with their shih tzu? He is 14 years old. Other than that he seems healthy, Thanks Melinda
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I wonder if, at 14, your dog is suffering from some dementia or a physical ailment. Perhaps a trip to the vet is in order?

Good luck to you. I hope everything works out fine.
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:32 AM
 
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Misha he is not acting out. He is old and has always been an anxious dog. I give him lots of attention. He goes for walks threes times a day. I play with him the back yard to try to get his anxiousness out. Its just that I have a five year old that is active he is doesnt like that it makes him upset.
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:57 AM
 
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Do you know anyone, say a single person or older couple who might be willing to give the dog a home? I'm sure you love the dog, but if you are both miserable, is there a place with a quiet environment where he could live to end out his days? Do you have family (parents?) who might take him?
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Old 09-04-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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Since his anxiety has gone up, I would say something physical may be involved, such as hearing loss or loss of sight or some pain somewhere that is bothering the dog. I would hope you could find a quiet place to put him, such as shut him in a room or do what didee suggested. No one deserves the quality of life the dog and your family are suffering from.
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Old 09-04-2010, 07:45 PM
 
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I suppose it's too late to return your daughter to sender. (Just kidding!)

Probably your daughter has confused your dog with one of her stuffed toys too frequently, and he feels he is trying to escape further loving. It is probably a better approach to try to teach your daughter to leave your dog alone. Maybe you could use some dog training techniques, like rewarding her when she doesn't grab him and love him. Make a game of it.

She'll need to learn this around other dogs, anyway, so you will just be ahead of the game.
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:12 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for your advice, he is doing much better now. I think it was a combination of us going away for a few days and I left him with my mom and my mom and daughter being home all day with him without me for a week when I was working. Now that im back I keep him in the living room with the music on and my daughter isnt doing cartwheels in the livingroom and I bring him for walks 2 times a day. He is much calmer and has so much more energy now. The panting has stoped and he even stays in the livingroom without me being in there with him. As long as he knows where I am he goes back and lays down. Thank god for him and me!!
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