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Old 10-16-2017, 07:10 PM
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Has anyone ever had a dog with an anxiety? I have a choc lab and I don't know what to do anymore? She whines if she is inside, she whines if she is in the garage, she whines if the wind blows, she whines if there is thunder in the air. I feel so bad for her, but I have no idea what to do.

Anyone ever used any sort of medication? I know there is some calming stuff out there, just seeing if anyone has any good/bad experiences with it and how it affected your dog.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:16 PM
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Not trying to be a smart ... but has the dog been seen by a competent veterinarian?
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:43 PM
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Is the whining from separation, or does it take place even when you are in the same room?
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:58 PM
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Very familiar with your situation.
My shorthair never had it until she was 10 years old.
Excercise is best and I mean a lot of excercise.
It's hard when it's extremely cold and I have had my vet intervening.
He suggested amitriptyline dose being based on dogs weight.
My shorthair is 15 now but it may calm her down but I don't like the way it makes her sleep all the time.
If you can I'd still recommend excercise vs drugs.
Good luck
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:11 PM
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We had several cases at the kennel and Hunt club where I trained Labs and Springers. If it was one of our dogs (you don't want to know what we did), if it was a customers, we told them we couldn't fix it or train them. I'm sure there is medication and possibly something else you can do, but sometimes you are just chasing your tail, (forgive the PUN).
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:36 PM
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Have your dog check by a vet for possible health problems.

If none found, try homeopathy. It works, and better than drugs.

Many years ago, I had a dog which developed anxiety. After several years and no success, I contacted a friend trained in homeopathy. Within three days of the prescribed dose, the dog was back to normal.

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Old 10-16-2017, 08:48 PM
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Has anyone ever had a dog with an anxiety? I have a choc lab and I don't know what to do anymore? She whines if she is inside, she whines if she is in the garage, she whines if the wind blows, she whines if there is thunder in the air. I feel so bad for her, but I have no idea what to do.

Anyone ever used any sort of medication? I know there is some calming stuff out there, just seeing if anyone has any good/bad experiences with it and how it affected your dog.

Thanks in advance!
We have a 6 year old female yellow Lab that does the same. I have found that the days I take her for a walk she is a different dog. The rest of the day she lays around like a typical lab. Without the two mile walk, whine, whine, whine for no apparent reason.
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:29 PM
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Try calming meds.
Also https://www.amazon.com/ThunderShirt-...g+anxiety+vest
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:21 AM
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Without the two mile walk, whine, whine, whine for no apparent reason.
Probably telling you she wants to go for that walk. I know mine let me know when they want to go walking.....which is every day.

I can't even say the word, "Walk" around here...so, I would spell it. And, now, I'm pretty sure they know how to spell it too.

Question for the OP...

How often are you exercising the dog? Labs need a lot of exercise to burn off their pent up energy. Just putting it in the garage, or outside, isn't going to cut it.

Sounds more like its bored, and is telling you as much.

I would try a good dose of exercise every day, before pumping it up with drugs.
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:30 AM
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I had a boxer who had separation anxiety but got worse in her later years, vet prescribed some prozac/valium to calm her down. I did not like the drugs, they worked but still did not like 'em. Try a "thunder shirt", they are a adjustable shirt/sweater that will "hug" the dog all the time and the TS did work for our boxer. She was a lot calmer when she had it on, but the TS is not supposed to be worn all the time 24/7. GL
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