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Helping Dakota get involved in his world
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Wherever the Wind Takes Me, Dude

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18 February 2011 - 9:02 pm
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little-devillittle-devilmonkeybutt-bunny, you are SO GONNA GET IT!

Wyatt Ray Dawg . . . The Tripawds Leg-A-Cy Continues!

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18 February 2011 - 9:02 pm
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Bah hah hah hah haha!!!!!!!!

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18 February 2011 - 10:36 pm
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Hi Shari,

   I have a dog with anxiety issues too, but from separation anxiety and thunder, not the car.  Calming remedies don't work and heavy duty meds just make her zonk out. One of the previous posts about a dog anxiety wrap (courtesy of Jerry) has helped Chloe with thunder and fireworks.  

  The trick is with one of these things is consistency. You should pair the wrap with good things like walks, treats etc... and just have him wear it around the house.  Even putting a treat on the wrap and using it as a serving platter will work as well, a suggestion for introducing the wrap to him.  I would try a combination of having him wear it while you try to bait him in the car (like previous suggestions), but also putting it on when he is in the car (AFTER you pair this wrap with GOOD things like walks, treats etc...).  

Summary:

1. Acquire Wrap.

2. Introduce wrap to Dakota by using it as a platter for his favorite treats.

3. Put wrap on for walks and feed treats to him when wearing wrap.

4. Repeat step 3 until Dakota gets excited to WEAR the wrap, ie/ when you touch it, Dakota gets the wiggle butt.

5. Introduce the car. Try having him wear the wrap while pairing positive associations with the car (put him in and then take him out and give him a treat BEFORE he gets anxiety). Gradually increase the time until he can be in the car for a few minutes without freaking out.

6. Emergencies: if you need to take him some place, you can either have him in the vest before you put him in the car or put him in the car and then put the vest on (not sure which would work better....)

Good Luck!

-Chloe's mom

Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

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18 February 2011 - 11:14 pm
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hey Wyatt Ray .... I have been on the receiving end of the stick in regards to these photoshop slams... from one slammee to another , what say you and me get together and teach this Monkeybuttler-bunny a big lesson?

Coopsdad/ Kenneth Blackburn

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19 February 2011 - 8:41 am
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Chloe's Mom--those are great suggestions, and I'll get to use them since Dakota is apparently going to be the test dawg.

Not sure on that wiggle butt thing. Dakota has been trying to wiggle and wag while standing but it's making him all wobbly.aw-shucks  I know he'll get the hang of it! Thanks again.

Shari, Dakota's wrangler

From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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19 February 2011 - 4:21 pm
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coopsdad said:

hey Wyatt Ray .... I have been on the receiving end of the stick in regards to these photoshop slams... from one slammee to another , what say you and me get together and teach this Monkeybuttler-bunny a big lesson?

I'm all over that. Only one thing...what's Photoshop?

Wyatt Ray Dawg . . . The Tripawds Leg-A-Cy Continues!

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20 February 2011 - 9:24 am
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Hi Shari – I don't have a TON of experience with doggie car sickness, but when I first rescued my other dog Buddy (also a Golden) he did vomit in the car on our first car ride to visit my dad. He didn't have all the anxiety and slobbering or trembling, but he would get car sick. As much as I didn't like the thought of "drugging" him, my Vet recommended a benedryl for him about 15 minutes before the car ride and I'll be darned if it didn't do the trick! I don't have to use it anymore, but it sure helped out that first year while he got acclimated to car rides with Zeus and I.

 

When do the stitches come out? How has Dakota been doing otherwise?

 

Hugs,

Heather and Spirit Zeus

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20 February 2011 - 9:38 am
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Heather, the stitches are coming out tomorrow! Yay! Tomorrow is only day 10 or 11, depending on how you count, but because he's had some significant abdominal bruising I wanted him to get a look-see now. Also, it's a school holiday and I really want my son to be able to go along and see CSU and the teaching hospital. It's quite impressive and I thought it might help him understand things better if he can be involved just a bit. He tolerates Dakota but isn't in absolute love with him--largely because Dakota is so needy, so pushy, so in-his-face. He spends a lot of time telling Dakota to back off a bit. He was very reluctant for us to agree to this surgery, but he sees that D is doing well. So this might help them bond better...maybe? Nah, probably not. But I get company in the car for the long drive.

As far as how Dakota is doing, he's coming along nicely, I think. He's investigating outdoors more and seems interested in whatever wildlife might have dared to visit during the night. He's post-holing through some crusty snow, even though he doesn't have to, and rolling on his back in the snow. Still sleeping a lot, but I'm tapering off the pain meds.

I'm not really sure how long he needs pain medication at all, but I figure if you cut off my leg I'd still hurt 10 days later. I haven't seen much info on when to ditch the stuff altogether.

Thanks for checking!

Shari, Dakota's wrangler

From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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20 February 2011 - 11:57 am
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Hi Shari,

I see Jerry recommended the anxiety wrap or the calming cap.  I do have an anxiety wrap but it never really did anything for my noise phobic Aussie(for storms).

I now have a Thundershirt for her and it keeps her from drooling, panting and she stays reasonably sane during storms now...and that is with very little use with it so far.  It is recommended for other anxieties too...maybe worth a shot if the Ttouch anxiety wrap does nothing?

http://www.thun.....rshirt.com

Tracy, Maggie's Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13

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20 February 2011 - 12:07 pm
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I have no idea what a Thundershirt is, Tracy, but I think I have to have one just based on it's name! I'll check the website. Thanks!

From abandoned puppy to Tripawd Warrior Dude, Dakota became one of the 2011 February Furballs due to STS. Our incredibly sweet friend lived with grace and dignity till he impulsively raced over the Bridge on 12-15-12.

Dakota's thoughtful and erudite blog is at http://shari.tr.....pawds.com/

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