Guest mopar31898 Posted September 4, 2016 Share Posted September 4, 2016 We have a three year old male greyhound named Paxton. We have had him for about 11 months. He is our first greyhound. When we got him, he took a little time to warm up to us but he eventually fit the "typical greyhound" mold perfectly. He was sweet, relatively confident, obedient, etc. As summer started and we got thunderstorms we found out he was scared of thunder. He would go to the front room of the apartment or the bathroom where he could not hear the noise anymore. Eventually he would relax and everything would be fine once he settled down. This thunder fear has now evolved to being scared anytime it is raining. Our theory is that he associates thunder with rain and therefore is afraid it is going to thunder. Still not that big of a deal as we have some doggy sedatives and as the weather passes so does the fear. Over the fourth of July, we did find out he was scared of fireworks. As with the thunder, we did let it run it course and he was eventually back to his normal self. In the past month or so, he has gotten almost paranoid to the point that any loud noise he may hear alerts him. His head will pop up and he will listen intently as if he is waiting for the worst; thunder, fireworks, etc. Usually this passes but it is hit or miss. Just within the last week or two he has devolved to the point of being scared of almost everything. He used to want to be around us, so wherever we were, he would lay on his bed in that room. Now he only want to lay in the corner in the bedroom, and if we let him, he will go on the hard floor in the bathroom and lay. Sometimes he is even shaking when he does this. When we go out on walks, he will do alright at first, but then he almost gets distracted by something he hears and will not move. (He has not always been the best walker, but not like this). After getting him to break from whatever he is fixated on, it is very hard to get him back to our apartment. It usually takes coaxing, treats, etc. Once we get off the elevator and in the hallway, he does not want to walk to the end of the hallway and the door of our apartment. As we get closer, it is more of a struggle to get him inside. It has gotten to the point that it will take us 15 minutes to get from the elevator to our door and inside. Once we are inside, he runs right to the places I mentioned before. On top of that, he has not been wanting to eat consistently. For a dog that used to sprint the second his food box was opened and stare at you will you added the yogurt to his food, we now have to coax him to eat. He used to lick his bowl clean and now leaves a little food; and sometimes skips a meal. (We did find that he will eat on our balcony ok, but we don't want to make that a habit.) Basically, we are convinced he is scared of something in our apartment all the sudden but we have no clue what it is. Today we took him to his favorite dog park. He was nothing but excited the entire way there and had a blast at the park. When we got home, he ate his breakfast and licked the bowl clean. He then slept most of the day which is normal when he runs hard. Then, we went to take him on his afternoon walk and he was paranoid the entire time and we had to coax him back to our apartment. Since we got home, he has been pacing the apartment, trying to find somewhere he feels "safe." This is our new normal for the last few weeks. We are seriously concerned about our pup and have no idea what to do. We are worried that if this is his new normal, he may get worse. What are we doing wrong? Is it possible for him to be scared of our apartment? What can we do right now and in the long term? Any info you can provide would be great. Thanks Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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