|Barked: Wed May 8, '13 4:20am PST |
|This makes me think that Demon might have a psychological issue. I've worked with dogs with ADHD and depression before, this sounds to me like poor Demon might have chronic anxiety. The problem with dogs and behavioural disorders is that they can't talk to us and so we can't treat them so I'll tell you what we've recommended for anxious dogs in the past.
1. Don't let things get silent. If the dog sleeps away from you, try to mimic your heartbeat so the dog still thinks you're nearby. A ticking clock wrapped in a shirt you wore that day works wonders, the shirt smells like you and the tick tick tick mimics a heartbeat.
2. Get down on face level when interacting with the dog. Make sure you don't look bigger and scarier than him. Lie down beside him so his face is above yours or at the same level. Let him know that he can fight back if you ever hurt him, not that you'll ever hurt him, but if he knows he has a fighting chance it'll make him feel a bit better.
3. Don't chase after him if he finds a corner to hid in and cry. That's his den, it's a place where he's trying to get away from everyone else and you're not allowed to invade it. If possibly, make him a 'den' so he doesn't have to run under the sofa. A small, dark crate just big enough for him and nothing else will do the trick. Dogs love small, squishy spaces where they just barely fit, it's a reassuring feeling to them.
4. Limit loud noises around him. T.V.s and their scary moving pictures are loud and confusing.
If his behaviour starts to calm down with age, slowly reintroduce him to the world. More often than not, anxiety is age related and often due to a late developmental phase. Hopefully your gorgeous pup grows out of it. Best of luck!
Edited by author Wed May 8, '13 4:22am PST
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