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    Question Loki is pressing my buttons!

    I posted the other day about Loki only eating when we are home but he is taking it to a whole new level
    So this entire week I have been late to work... why? Well Loki is on this I am not going to eat until I know that I am coming to work with you. Problem is he isn't coming to work, this morning I had to trick him by taking him for a car ride, then I had to unload and load the dish washer and sit down on the couch and he finally ate. It is really frustrating since I know unlike most dogs he won't just eat when he get hungry he will wait till we are home and then eat and on the longer days we can't have him not eating since the night before. I am really at a loss as to what to do. I was reading about thundershirts last night and we have pretty much figured out that he has separation anxiety pretty bad especially from me since we spend the most amount of time together. Has anyone tried them and had success? I have tried everything that we can think of to get him to eat in the mornings but it is getting no where except for me being late to work and getting up way to early since he won't get up because he knows what is going to happen after he eats. He has never been this bad about it. Please help we are open to anything that you all can give us.
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    I don't work outside the home, so I don't have personal experience w/this... but my friend has a German Shepard that she got at a shelter, and she was having some major separation anxiety. She got one of those thundershirts, and she said it was the best thing EVER!!! Hopefully you will get more advice from the bully perspective, but the shirt may be worth a try!!!

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    I don't have any experience with the thunder shirts but was just wondering if you have tried to mix anything into Loki's food to try to lure him to eat it??? We had the same problem with Winston not eating and initially thought it was some kind of anxiety...come to find out he was just entirely sick of his food. We started mixing diff things into it such as pumpkin, or yogurt, or plain rice cakes and we never had a problem again! He just couldn't resist lol! For your sanity I hope you get a solution figured out soon!!!

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    Default Re: Loki is pressing my buttons!

    So, the issue is him just not eating? Or is he tearing up the house?
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    Just him not eating unless I am hovering but he also cries when he can't follow me and more and more every day he is hiding from people. He is almost being shy which is not like him at all. He loves his food normally but when he knows that I am going to be leaving he just wont eat it. I caved in went home and got him brought him to petco and normally he loves the store but today he was scared of everyone! He was literally hiding between my legs the whole time and there was hardly any people there. I got him the thundershirt and put it on him right away we are back at my work now so I am curious to see how he does with patients as far as the hiding goes today. He does seem pretty relaxed at the moment not to mention super handsome with his shirt on.
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    Nicole, I'm hoping the thunder shirt helps him, it does many dogs.

    Also, there is a calming spray called Rescue Remedy that works
    really well, probably available at PetsMart or can be ordered online.

    Poor Loki, he must be traumatized from his episode, you know I'm
    praying over precious baby boy ~I thought I stopped too early


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lokismom View Post
    Just him not eating unless I am hovering but he also cries when he can't follow me and more and more every day he is hiding from people. He is almost being shy which is not like him at all. He loves his food normally but when he knows that I am going to be leaving he just wont eat it. I caved in went home and got him brought him to petco and normally he loves the store but today he was scared of everyone! He was literally hiding between my legs the whole time and there was hardly any people there. I got him the thundershirt and put it on him right away we are back at my work now so I am curious to see how he does with patients as far as the hiding goes today. He does seem pretty relaxed at the moment not to mention super handsome with his shirt on.

    I hope you know we now require photos of Loki in his new shirt.

    As for the eating part. Tubby started doing this. He just wouldn't eat or he'd eat once per day. We give him a 30 minute time limit and if he doesn't eat food is gone. He started back eating breakfast and dinner but the problem reappeared. We have transtioned him to a new food and he eats every thing in sight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Carol View Post
    Nicole, I'm hoping the thunder shirt helps him, it does many dogs.

    Also, there is a calming spray called Rescue Remedy that works
    really well, probably available at PetsMart or can be ordered online.

    Poor Loki, he must be traumatized from his episode, you know I'm
    praying over precious baby boy ~I thought I stopped too early
    Thank you Carol, I just want our sweet happy boy back

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    Default Re: Loki is pressing my buttons!

    I have heard from friends that the thunder shirt was amazing, and then from someone else that their dog tore it off. Hopefully it helps calm him

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    Default Re: Loki is pressing my buttons!

    I'm going to go back through your posts now ... but was there something that happened that has made him like this???

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    Default Re: Loki is pressing my buttons!

    I have a thunder shirt for my ridgeback and she loves it when there are bad storms, fireworks or other really loud noises around the house. We will eventually be getting one for Harlea when she gets a bit older as she is growing so much we would be buying on every few weeks.
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    Default Re: Loki is pressing my buttons!

    I meant to buy tundershirt for Shy when she gets wind up -what i found is a tight tshirt worked just as good ( i did borrow friends tundershirt for few days to compare )
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