Chocolate's anxiety is steadily improving but it still needs to be addressed. She was very good at the conventional vet's, but when I came back to drop off her stool sample she....um....provided a fresher sample on the floor, shall we politely say.
The conventional vet is willing to prescribe meds but I feel that it would be overkill and so does my trainer. Her issues do need to be addressed but she is still very young, loving, and adaptable. Nobody knows for sure what happened to her, but she was definitely abused if not intentionally. She has severe separation anxiety and littermate syndrome, is leash reactive, and may never be perceived as a "nice doggie" by the general public.
But she still brings me and my other dog so much joy and love that I could never regret adopting her or do anything less than the best i can to help her with her issues. She absolutely does not have worms so the vet thinks that her stomach issues are also caused by her anxiety.
She has been with us for about six weeks and has gone from not letting me come near her to a cuddlebug velcro dog who follows me into the bathroom. I was told that she should never be left completely alone and needed at least another pet in the house, but it is time to start separating her from Laurel for brief training sessions and walks. Both of them need that. Chocolate does very well in Obedience and seems to take comfort in it.
I'm not 100% anti-medication, just looking for gentle suggestions on how to make her life easier and slowly improve her socialization. She needs and loves off-leash hiking but we get in vicious circles where her recall and general demeanor improves until we run into a dog-hater who threatens her and makes her even more protective ("aggressive" is the wrong word, since she has never bitten anyone and only weighs 9 lbs) than before I started working on this issue.
Right now I'm kind of on her side as far as wanting to just avoid humans on our daily hikes, lol. Too bad there aren't any trails around here where humans aren't allowed unless they are on leash or under voice control.
Thank you in advance.