Anxiety and Redirecting

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KillerAndKel's picture
Joined: 2015-10-13

Hello I am new to this forum and I think it is fantastic.  

I have an 8 year old red Doberman named Killian.  I have had her since she was 3 months old and she is the most loveable dog I have ever had.   She has her fair share of issues but the biggest one I am dealing with is her anxiety.  Not so much separation anxiety but always on the alert. Seems like she is always on edge.  Once she has locked onto something it at times can be difficult to pull her focus away from it.  

The vet has prescribed her Prozac to help get her attention and it seems to work.  I was just wondering if other people have had such an anxious Doberman and how they were able to deal with it.  How do you keep them from displaying their frustration in a negative way? ( Nipping )

Thanks for your input!






medikay9's picture
Joined: 2011-01-27

My 2 yr old red boy is hypervigilant too. Totally different from my last boy. In an effort to help him and me, I tried him on Prozac for about 6 months. While it didn't stop him from barking and reacting, it did make the reactions less "sharp". but- Ryder gained weight from the Prozac, which can happen- it also made him duller. I weaned him off of it. he is now back to his old excitable self!

Of course, each dog will react a bit differently to medications, but I prefer now to use a few more training aids and to recognize situations where I know he'll react and try to head them off ( not easy- they are so FAST!!!) I just couldn't deal with the Dobe he was on drugs. I guess my vet and the trainer we had for his basic obed class. ( a nightmare) would disagree with my choice... but I prefer him this way.