New Dog (maybe) and some questions about anxiety.
Some of you know we rehomed our husky a few weeks ago. He was just not the dog for us, and we couldnt make it work. When he left, I told myself that I did not want to have another dog for awhile, and that we would not add another member to the family for a good while. Well Idk how it happened, but now we have another dog in the house. A friend of mine found this dog that had wandered up to the barn that she works at. She is an Australian Shepard, and her fur was so matted and full of burs and mud that she had to cut big chunks of her coat out. That was about a month and a half ago, and she was put in the girls moms garage, and that is where she has been living. She recently purchased her own home, but did not take the dog. New years eve we were over her moms house, and were int he garage, and the subject of the dog came up. The dad said in the morning he was taking the dog off because he was tired of it living in his garage. Me being the pushover that I am, ended up bringing the dog home with me.
Me and my fiance took her to the vet this morning and had all of her vacinations, heartworm test, fecal test, and an all over physical done on her, and a bath. Everything was good but the vet did say she had some tick related illness that she was a carrier of and gave us a round of antibiotics and said it should clear up. He estimated her age at 5, but I want to say she is closer to 7 or 8. When we went to pick her up, I had him shave some fur off her belly to see of she had a spay scar. From what I could tell,she doesnt look like she has nursed pups, but he said he could not see or feel a spay scar. As soon as I can take a few days off work she is going to get spayed.
I am kinda torn. This dog is a total sweetheart, in your lap, follows me around the yard and doesnt run off. Listens and comes when called. Everything that I wanted that the husky wasnt. She acts like she NEEDs me, and thats all I ever wanted in a dog. I am worried what people will say about me rehoming the husky, and then two weeks later having another dog. I know that naimals arnt disposable, and you cant throw them away when you decide you dont want them anymore. My intentions were never to "replace" the husky with a new dog. I guess I worry about people looking down on me for doing what I did.
On to my dilema. I think she has a mild case of anxiety. She jumps right in the car to go on car rides, but she pants and whines the entire time, and when we arrive at our destination, she cant get out of the car fast enough. She has to be right on top of you, in your lap, and demands that you be touching her. I am working on this right now, because I dont think it is healthy for her to feel like she needs to be touched at all times. When me or my fiance go out the front door, she seems to panic a little and whine and carry on, but it never last long. I want to be able to leave the house and her not have any type of anxiety at all. I am going to try the walk out the door method and come back after a certain amount of time when she stays quite, and making that time a little longer each round. But if anyone else has any suggestions for the seperation anxiety, or anxiety in the car, I am all ears.
Sorry that turned out to be so long, but give yourself a cookie for reading it all. :)