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Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  25 years of experience in surgery and internal medicine.
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I have a working drug detector dog which has lived as part

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I have a working drug detector dog which has lived as part of my family unit indoors since we got him 5 months ago. Due to human error on training the instructor felt there was too much of a home bond between me and the dog. The dog is now outside 24/7 in a kennel, can only be walked by myself whereas it was walked twice a day, once by me the other with my wife and children. The dog now pines and barks, is lethargic in the mornings, and cowers when I take his food to him or try to get him out of his kennel in the morning. I fear for the dogs health and mental state but the instructor feels he will get over it. the dog is no longer part of our "pack" and our bond between us has severely disintegrated. I am happy to put up a fight to return things as normal but need to know if such changes can affect a dogs health. When we got the dog originally from a kennel he was covered in eczema and he cowered constantly. 5 months of work building a relationship has now been destroyed. Please advise
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 4 years ago.

Good Morning and welcome to Just answer. I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

I am so sorry to hear about your situation...I know this is hard.

It appars that Buddy is now confused which is bringing in these fears and distress. The first thing to do is to purchase a DAP Collar at the pet store, This is a canine pheromone that acts as a calming agent and will help Buddy past this.

Next , you will have to "desensitize" him to these things he fears by exposing him to these such as petting him and giving him his food.Do this over and over until Buddy understands that these will not harm him.

If he is still barking in the kennel, your vet will have anti anxiety mediication that can ease this stress so he will start to become comfortable in his situation. This is given for 1-2 months to help him past this change.

Does that make sense to you?

Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please Reply so I can clarify for you

Sincerely, Dr. Loretta

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your reply. Am I correct in saying that in your opinion he may be undergoing stress signs or anxiety and that maybe I should take him to a local vet for some medication? I am very pleased with your prompt reply and for your information above.

Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 4 years ago.
Yes, David, I believe that this behavior is anxiety and the medicatioin that your vet can prescribe can help Buddy past can try the DAP Collar first but if this is serious, medication is your best treatment.

Good job, David...