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Anxiety and stress 11 Nov 2014 09:21 #9737

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We got our akita 'angel' 4 yrs ago from the RSPCA when she was 1. Despite being a rescue dog the only hang up she has ever displayed is being nervous in crowds which she demonstrated through walking as fast as possible pulling on the lead with all her strength to get past the crowd. However over the last few months we have noticed that she seems to be getting increasing anxious about a lot more things. She seems to pre-empt a crowd (from hearing voices in the distance I assume)and will deliberately pull in a different direction to avoid the area, she refuses to go out in to the back garden (and lets face it there's no budging an akita when her mind is made up!) and she has become very nervous of loud bangs(shooting etc in the fields) which has never bother her in the past and means that she now runs off if startled (very worrying).
Does anybody have any suggestions advice as to what we can do to help her?
Should we be worried or is this normal akita behave that we need to adjust to as she is getting more mature?

Re: Anxiety and stress 13 Nov 2014 14:53 #9739

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Hello,

Poor Angel How sad that she is feeling so upset.

I would keep her on her lead when out in public so she cant run away. It would be awful if she was to go too far.

Have you contacted a trainer or behaviourist in your area? Has she got worse since the fireworks have started? Its strange that is has suddenly got much worse, can you not think of any trigger event that could have made it worse?
If your dog doesn't like someone, then you probably shouldn't either !

Re: Anxiety and stress 15 Nov 2014 00:46 #9742

That sounds very sad for Angel, sometimes it's very tempting to comfort them when they become anxious, but somehow that can be seen as a reward for being stressed, so it's always best to just carry on as normal, if you try to reasure with cuddles, strokes or reasurrance it can be seen as a reward for being anxious The trainer we took our anxious dog to ( many years ago ) told us to simply remove the dog from the sittuation with no fuss or comunication (my Tod was anxious about most things outside) if a car door opened and frightened him we simply directed him away from the car and encouraged him with some positive words and tones, but no touching or " sympathetic words" were to be used just take him out of the situation that was stressing him. So if you can, take Angel away from the problem with no fuss and eventually she will feel confident with you because she knows you're not stessed and that you will sort the fearful situation out for her, just guide her to a place she feels safe, sometimes just turning around and walking in the opposite direction is enough to calm the stress it worked or my Tod, it never cured him but it helped to calm him
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Re: Anxiety and stress 16 Nov 2014 07:46 #9745

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Thank you for your replies. It does make sense when you say 'don't comfort' as it seems like a reward. We will definitely give your suggestions a try.
Thanks again.

Re: Anxiety and stress 17 Nov 2014 00:33 #9747

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