Medication Mania

I found this post at a great time. After talking with our trainer last Wednesday, I discovered that Loki was barely getting half of the sleep he needed daily. Since then, I have been watching him closely, and of course, called his vet. Even after being clearly exhausted after a one on one, two hour training session with a walk prior, he didn’t even take a few seconds of a nap until midnight. He clearly could not settle down. When nothing was going on, he would look for something to pay attention to. The vet suggested giving him a dose of Valium so he could get some sleep and I could see how it affected him. Guess what? He didn’t sleep at all. We see the vet on Monday and will talk about his not sleeping, take any additional test, etc. Of course, we will continue working on his confidence building with or without medication.

Apprehensive Oreo

dog-medicine-bottleA recent post by a friend on a social media site left me wondering…what do people think about dog medications? And why do many of them think they are more harmful than helpful?

Some people still seem to be stuck in the past, thinking dogs are just entertainment to have around. Medication? No way!! People frequently laugh, giggle, or give me weird looks if I tell them my dog is on medications for anxiety/fearfulness. I always get the saying, “Oh she’ll grow out of it” or “She’ll be fine, don’t worry about it.” Well, I do worry about it…or rather I did, before we had a breakthrough with medication.

If you feel like your dog is fearful or has anxiety and you’ve tried training but hit a brick wall, there are other options. Medication is another option, but should be given after extensive training has been tried. It’s not something…

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Four Dogs and Two and a Half Years Later

I love the idea of a doggie U-turn!


As Shelby and I went on our nightly desensitization walk last night, a neighbor’s car drove down the street. Like usual, we moved to the side, and I signaled for Shelby to lie down, which she of course did, earning herself a cookie. I raised my hand to wave to the driver but instead of passing, she stopped alongside us.

“I just have to tell you, I see you walking that dog every morning and every night, and she’s just so obedient. She never pulls, she just stares at you the whole time, and you never have to tell her to do anything, she just does it, it’s really impressive.” I smiled and thanked her while I thought to myself, “Yes, she’s very obedient from this distance, but if you got out of your car right now you’d see something different.”

Another one of my neighbors commented recently that, “Your…

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Keeping us humans safe!

"I speak dog" Blog

TreyThe other day I was visiting a client who shared a story about her dog that got me thinking. Her pup is about 1.5 years old, very passive , but fearful at board and play or being boarded at the vets office. He was a rescue so who knows what happened to him before he found his forever home. The most recent incident happened at the vets office when being taken out of the kennel. Most of the vet techs had no problem with him but it seems 2 of the techs did not fair so well. The pup actually lunged and made contact with one of the techs. Good for him or her there was no blood drawn, just a bruise. But the bigger question is, why did he have issues with only 2 of the techs. Why not all of them?

So in thinking about how the dog…

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Welcome =•)

Welcome to our new blog about our journey to healing the beast within. This is a story about a woman and a dog working to overcome their trust issues together. Our first post will arrive soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Loki & Sally