Actually it’s just human Prozac.
Lucy’s main issues:
She doesn’t like people coming into the apartment.
She is scared of strangers and doesn’t want to be touched.
Her reaction of choice is running towards something or someone and barking at it. She does this because she’s scared and she wants the thing or person to go away.
This isn’t happening constantly. Lucy lives a pretty normal happy-go-lucky dog life. But we want her to feel good all of the time.
We’ve been working with a great trainer on Lucy’s anxiety. She comes to our house and observes. Then she gives us homework assignments. She also suggested that we take Lucy to see a veterinary behaviorist.
There aren’t a lot of veterinarian behaviorists so we went to New Jersey to see one. Vet behaviorists are like psychologists for dogs. Ours had a few ideas. Things like Adaptil plug-ins and Thundershirts do work!
Because Lucy can be hypervigilant, the doctor also suggested trying medication. Lucy has been taking Zoloft daily for a few months. We think overall her mood is lifted and she is a little less worried. Medication is not magic. If a dog is less anxious it can respond better to training. We are still working on Lucy’s biggest fears but we’re feeling positive.