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    01-03-2013, 12:04 AM
First, I would not worry at all about the fact that you re-homed one dog and then got another. Some dogs and people just don't match up. If both dog and person are not happy, then it is just not a good situation.

It sounds like this dog has been through a lot in the last few months. I think some of the anxiety will go away in time. We adopted a dog that has serious anxiety issues. Part of it was from abuse. You can tell that she has been smacked around and when we first got her any quick movement of your hands sent her running. She would not play or touch a toy. To get her use to toys, I took a tennis ball and, at first, I would touch it to her nose and then tell her good dog and give her a tiny piece of hotdog. Tiny, because you will go through a lot. At first she did not have a clue what was going on, but she soon picked up on it and started putting her nose on it herself. Once she gets the concept, you can roll the ball and she will have to move a bit to her nose on it. This did not immediately lead to chasing a ball and playing fetch, but it introduce her to a form of play while it also helped me bond with her. It also helps to give her an idea of what is hers. This way, hopefully, when you are out and she gets anxious, she will chew on her toy and not your furniture.

I don't know the name of the dog coats that are suppose to keep your dog calm, but when I asked my vet about them, she said not to waste my money.
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    01-03-2013, 12:07 AM
Sorry guys, I don't know why that posted twice.
    01-03-2013, 04:50 AM
Rescue Remedy? My vet gives it to my dog because he's a nervous wreck at the vets office. I don't know how long its lasts maybe check with your vet. We use it for high stress times- vet visits, fireworks, nail trimmings- and it seems to help a little. But check with your vet first before you give it to her :)
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    01-03-2013, 04:32 PM
Please don't forget that Aussies are a VERY high energy breed of dog that NEED a job. When they don't have anything to do to drain that energy, they can be neurotic/psycho. They get that glazed look in their eye when they have been cooped up too long.(any Aussie owner can tell you what I mean). That energy can turn into dominance/aggression. I would just giver her sometime to settle into her new home. She'll figure it out soon. Just don't forget to get her out for a run everyday.
    01-03-2013, 05:06 PM
I really would not worry about rehoming the husky and now having another dog. Just like horses, we all know some just don't work out! Don't stress over it.

I also have a rescued pitbull that has bad anxiety when I leave. It just takes a lot of time and trust for them to realize that you will eventually be coming back to them.

The dog coat someone mentioned is the Thundershirt- a friend of mine got it for her pitbull that has bad anxiety and she said it helped tremendously. I think it's the matter of security in the fitted coat.
    01-03-2013, 05:14 PM
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Over Christmas, I had to take a 2 hour drive with my 4 month old Aussie puppy, who is not exactly the best traveller. She whines and tells a sad story the whole time. So, I gave her half of a childrens gravol for the way down, and half on the way back. Since then, she doesn't talk the same amount in the car, and will actually lay down. I do have to tell her "Enough!" in a stern voice occasionally, and she will stop. However, when I first brought Remington home, she was sick a few times in the car, and on a couple of short rides after that, so I think the Gravol helped with the nausea, and let her realize car rides aren't so bad.

The young woman who teaches my puppy class also recommended giving her a favourite toy to chew on in the car, or a treat.
    01-03-2013, 06:34 PM
Oh yes, I plan on her having plenty of run time. I've had heelers and a mini Aussie, and I'm hoping I can teach her to work a little at the barn. Spay comes first though lol!
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    01-05-2013, 12:59 PM
Well Gracie as we call her has settled in great. Yesterday I took her to the barn with me (on leash) and the boys (labs) just doted over her. She had a blast. She showed no interest in the horses at all. The car ride wasn't great, she was anxious and whined the entire time. Last night we took her to petsmart. We got her a bed that she picked out. She was so well behaved. I forgot what it was like to take a calm dog out in public. She ate up the attention from the kids that were there. On the ride home, she layed down in the backseat and went to sleep. WIN

This morning I was taking a shower and my other half left to get us breakfast. I could hear her howling at the door lol. She settled down after a few minutes though.

I think she will fit in just fine.
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    01-06-2013, 01:03 PM
The more you take her, the better she will be about the routine. I would start doing obedience with her, and work on a command for "Wait", use the carseat as an obstacle or pause box too. Plus it is fun even when working with dogs that already know.
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    01-06-2013, 09:36 PM
Why no pictures yet?
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