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|Thu, 03-28-2013 - 11:45am|
I have a mixed breed rescue. She's now 6, we adopted her when she was 3 months old. She's terrier mix (honestly, a little bit of everything). She's big — about 6ft on her hind legs (when she jumps up on me she's taller than me and I'm 5'6. She weighs about 100 lbs.
Here's my question: over the past 2-2½ years she's become increasingly anxious. She barks, growls, low growls at EVERYTHING. Even if she just *thinks* she hears something. Or even dumb things. Any noise, honestly. Or if she sees me look out the front door. She barks. And it's not one bark. It's incessant. My husband's chair, for example, is not motorized closure. So when he closes it, it makes a "bang" sound. She barks and goes running to the window. I can be talking to the baby and say something like, "Where's Mickey?" and the dog barks.
I'm planning on taking her to the vet to get her nails clipped (she can't see a groomer because she bites — she's territorial, the trainer said because she's anxious) and was going to talk to him about this. Would I look like a fool if I asked about medicating her? I deal with anxiety myself, so I know it can be rough. So if she's *this* anxious and it's not just a fluke thing I think she needs help. I don't want to medicate just to shut her up, but it's really affecting normal activities. It's like she lays waiting for something to happen. Even when she goes outside, she'll only go if someone goes with her.
Would love some input!