When you get a dog, you don’t really know what you’re going to get. You have to trust whomever you buy the dog from. If you purchase a dog from the humane society there’s past owner history, what they might know about the dog and of

Ellie as a puppy.

course, what the staff tells you. If you purchase from a breeder you can look at their past dogs, pedigree history and ask for references. Even if you do your homework you might end up with a dog that has health problems or behavior problems.

At least that’s what has happened to me.

We did our homework. Chose a breeder that has a great reputation and excellent pedigree of show dogs and references to boot! We had private family puppy classes and group puppy classes. We did everything right and still we have a dog that has very high anxiety and stress.  A dog that barks at the wall for no reason or growls because she thinks the pillow moved! Her routine has to be the same each day and she doesn’t like new people or animals on her turf.  Ovey!

To help our over anxious dog we’ve taken some steps to calm her nerves and ease the situation to make everyone’s life easier.  Also to make things safer for strangers because with a dog like our dog, Ellie, one can never too cautious because she could bite out of fear and we don’t want that to happen!

Here are a few steps we’ve taken to help Ellie:

1.  Energy Healing. It sound goofy but our pet trainer from Northwood’s Dog Training is a certified Energy Healer. Patty Crichton, B.S. – Holistic Dog Trainer & Behavior Specialist came to our home and spent some time with Ellie alone to see what she could learn about traumatic situations in Ellie life, energy that was built up or blocking something.  It’s really hard to explain or understand but there are tons of testimonials, it is cutting edge, non-invasive and we could combine it with other treatments. Patty can even do this through Skype! We learned that Ellie had something happen to her before we got her AND that while we had her there were a few traumatic incidences that caused some fear, anxiety and trust issues. When Patty told me the age by months that Ellie had emotional blocks I could pin-point exactly what had happened. It was amazing!

Patty recommends reading The Emotion Code by Bradley Nelson to better understand what emotional healing is. I say try it. We noticed that for several weeks afterwards Ellie did seem calmer. However, with her severe problems we could not continue to afford Emotional Healing services along with prescriptions and natural supplements.

A boy and his dog.

2.  Comfort Zone® with D.A.P. ® We realized that Ellie enjoyed our 1 ½ acre Invisible Fenced yard while we were away and at home but it gave her some anxiety when we left her alone for too long. She likes being right by us. When we left her in her very large inside dog pen with a heated bed, carpeted with music, toys, food and water {I want to live my dog’s life} to come and go outside as she pleases – it made her nervous. So we began to use the Comfort Zone with DAP plugged in and now when we are gone she spends her time cozied up on her heated dog bed at ease in her dog pen.  Essentially the Comfort Zone is plugged in and works for 30 days at time to release a calming pheromone that is similar to what is released by a puppy’s mother when it is nursing.  We also used this when we brought Ellie home as a puppy to help her learn to sleep in her crate and I’m positive it did the trick then, she was an easily trained crate dog!

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3.   ThunderShirt for Dog Anxiety.  To help Ellie feel safer and ease her anxiety we also use the ThunderShirt which is similar to a jacket but it snugly wraps around her body and neck adding some extra weight. It has a special design to stay on and tightly (not too tightly) add pressure to the dogs torso. It is comfortable for dogs to wear and adorable too! This has been found effective for behavior problems, dogs who bark too much and anxiety.

Our Ellie is something else but she is who she is and she’s our pet.  We’re obviously doing a great deal to help Ellie be a happier dog. Besides all of the above things we’ve tried and do on a continual basis she is on a prescription medicine and we add Bach rescue remedy to her food.  Ellie is a family pet to just the four of us and if we’re going to have company she is happier in a separate room away from company or at her favorite boarding place playing with her doggy friends.

Do you have a dog with anxiety problems? What do you do to help them?