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My dog is behaving strangely, please help?

Hi all, need some help again....I left my gsd at a boarding kennel for almost a month...brought him back home yesterday....but he is behaving strangely....growling when touched, not responding when called though obeying commands like sit, etc. He is eating properly but has lost a lot of weight, looking sick & real thin...the kennel owner said he didn't eat properly & became very aggressive lately. He was such a nice lovely boy, but now I cant believe he is that same dog. Please suggest ways so that he becomes normal again. I am really sad that he is no more the same Jack he used to be.
By Runni · 09 Aug 2010 11:38 am


By Bijal · 09 Aug 2010 12:39 pm
It seems the boarding kennal owner did not look after him well. A general thing is that pet is very much attach with his owner and he feels much lonliness than human when left another place esp. to boarding. In a boarding I think they have more than 4-5 dogs at a time. Wht would u image they can take care of ur pet as u do? A pet needs love and affection much which they cannot get from a boarding. Now, just take care of him give more time and give much love. It could help I hope.
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By Neha · 09 Aug 2010 3:37 pm
The first mistake u did is.....left him....with another person.....who...he don't even now....and some ppl hv opened up kennel...just for the sake of money making.....and donot take tht much care of ur pet....as u can give it to him....

now yes....spend more n more time with him....make him feel homely...and give as much as love to him...so tht he again becomes ur old jack....n yes....i think he is angry with u...tht's y....he is behaving strangely..coz u left him alone
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 09 Aug 2010 3:38 pm
Any dog will get agressive if mistreated or lack of love and affection. The best thing is he is obeying the commands to sit and stay and so on.. spend lot of time with your dog now onwards, if possible take your dog out to some parks or hill station and play with him... Male GSD tend to be "one-man dog", when he loses the one that he thought as his master, definitely he will get agressive. Just try the things out and all the best.
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By Runni · 09 Aug 2010 3:49 pm
@Neha: I know I shouldn't have left him but I had no other option. And as far as I know many pet owners do board their loving pets at various kennels. Yes i agree most of the kennel owners r doing it for the sake of making money, not out of love for pets....
@KamalRaj: I am trying to spend time with him, but he is showin no interest in playing. I will take him out for a short walk today. Yes I think he is still feeling insecure & thats why behaving aggressively. Any tips to make him feel secure? He isn't a nervous dog by nature, rather a very brave & protective.
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 09 Aug 2010 3:54 pm
How old your dog is?
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By Runni · 09 Aug 2010 3:57 pm
He is 1.5 yrs old..
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 09 Aug 2010 4:06 pm
Follow these steps so that your dog feel secure...

• Exercise your dog daily. This will relieve separation anxiety, excess energy and frustration..
• Encourage your dog to play by himself sometimes..
• Encourage your dog to stay in a room without you some of the time..
• Never use the crate for punishment. It should represent a place of sanctity and happiness to your dog..
• Do not lengthen your departures until the dog can make it through the last interval without crying or whining..
• Never make a fuss when coming or going; this can enflame anxiety..
• Never punish the dog for anxiety-induced behavior..
• Never perform "trigger" behaviors in front of your dog, such as jingling keys or picking up your purse..

Read more: How to Reduce Dog Separation Anxiety | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_215955 1_reduce-dog-separation-anxiet y.html#ixzz0w6TTAEoy

Experts in dog care have offered a number of suggestions to keep one’s pet dog happy.

One of the tips given is never tie a dog to something in order to control it from roaming off one’s property. They believe that tying a dog can cause behavioral and physical problems. A dog does not like to be tied, so tying it makes it more aggressive. Moreover, it is not healthy physically as a tied dog is less likely to exercise since it has little space to move about. Another negative point is it may get tangled up and choked.

Taking one’s dog out for regular walks in another given suggestion. Dog experts feel that when a dog is isolated for a long time, it may become afraid of people or new places. So, take your dog out for at least one or two walks around the neighborhood daily. This enables it to experience new people, new dogs and new places.

Give your dog lots of affections by touching gently his head, body or muscles. As the dog can understand man’s body language well, he can automatically perceive your love. This will make your dog feels comfortable to be at home. Do not shout or hit your dog as this will make him feeling very scared to walk near you.

Bring him for medical check-up when he is not feeling well. Take good care of him by shampooing him regularly. Give him a bath so that his health can be maintained. You may also make a beautiful cloth for your dog to make him happy. He will definitely appreciate your attention as he understands that you care lots for him.

Your dog will be unhappy if there is wound around his body. So, apply some medicine on his wound. Treat him just like human but not animal. Communicate with your dog; he will slowly understand your words. Build a kennel for him to sleep in so that your dog feels secure, happy and comfortable.

By creating a good bond between you and your dog, your dog will definitely love you and loyal to you. Remember, a dog is an intelligent animal; he can read your heart and mind very well, so think of your dog as human and starts communicating with him. At last, you will obtain endless happiness with your dog as a good companion just like one of your family members.

Read more: http://gomestic.com/pets/how-t o-make-your-dog-happy/#ixzz0w6 UT3CjS

All the best Runni... These are all the points i collected from internet somedays earlier, just thought this may useful to you..


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By Runni · 09 Aug 2010 4:18 pm
I will take him for walk to the nearby ground where we used to go.
I think the kennel owner has mishandled him & thats why he is growling if touched probably thinking I will also mistreat him. He has become self-protective as I wasn't there to protect him. I think I need to gain his trust again.
Thanks again.
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By Dinkar Singh · 09 Aug 2010 9:41 pm
Get him checked by a vet throughly. At times a sick dog can also behave like this. May be an ear infection or some sort of pain due to which he or she is acting like this.
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By Runni · 10 Aug 2010 10:58 am
Ok, I will take him to his vet today. I checked his ears & eyes...they look ok to me....but yes he may have some sort of pain elsewhere..
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By Gopal Krishna · 11 Aug 2010 9:18 am
as you have already got many good suggestion i have only few words to say...
Jack is a male and right now his feeling insecure only because he feel abandoned plus he is trying trying to get the situation under control...
You need to establish your leadership again
and do not feel pity for him and show you are strong and leadership side of yours...
Its really important you should behave calm and strong... rest is walk play and other things what people have suggested...
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By Runni · 11 Aug 2010 9:34 am
Thanks...I will certainly follow ur suggestion....
I took him to vet....he said Jack has ticks all over his body & suggested injections....is there any other way to remove/kill ticks? vet said the ticks r bothering him & thats why he is getting irritated....
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By Gopal Krishna · 11 Aug 2010 9:43 am
use a good tick shampoo and leave it for 3-5 min and rinse properly and thoroughly... Irritation is natural due to tick but a month time is too long and change in behavior is natural... imagine you are stuck with unknown people and kept separated... he actually lost the pack order and code of conduct... and he is just defensive to protect himself... you need to reestablished everything again... he will be fine soon dont worry... just be strong calm and patient...
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By Runni · 11 Aug 2010 4:12 pm
I dusted him with Nortix powder...will give him a bath with ectofree tomorrow...hope that will take care of the ticks.
Yes I have already started to reestablish alpha position...he is now comimg when called, obeying commands & allowing me to touch his feeding bowl..not growling when touched except his throat & a particular spot on his back....not sure why is he growling if pressure is applied to those two areas....he is allowing me to touch/pet his hear, clean his ears & eyes, rub his chest & neck...
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 11 Aug 2010 4:16 pm
happy to hear this.. keep going...
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By DoggieDawg · 16 Aug 2010 1:48 pm
Hi Runni ,
I think i do understand your position . I had left my 2 year old Rocky with one of the best kennels of india - Alpa -11 for a brief period of 4 days . I knew he was treated , fed & exercised well . But when I picked him up from the kennel , after the initial excitement he withdrew & crawled under the bed for the rest of the day .He looked upset . I tried to cheer him up but he snapped at me . This is something he had never-ever done before - I was shocked !
I think that he was feeling betrayed & insecure ,that how could we leave him alone in a new & strange place with strangers . However after a few days he was back to his normal loving self .

I think the reason for this behavior was that he had never been left alone in a kennel before with complete strangers . No matter how good a place it is still new & sans his human person .

I think you should give your baby sometime - in your case longer than a few days . give him lots of affection. Do the things you used to do like play , go for walks , watch TV together . The kennel may or may not have treated him right but with patience , love he should come around ....

And I know sometimes you just can't avoid leaving your pet in a kennel !
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By Runni · 17 Aug 2010 12:24 pm
Yes I absolutely agree with u....Jack was also behaving just like your Rocky....now he is back to normal...almost.
He is playing, eating, barking, chasing birds & begging for biscuits....hope he will be fully normal in another couple of days.
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