Saturday, October 2, 2010

on the road to being stress-free?

Tomorrow Oreo and I are going to an all day agility seminar. The title? Break out of your Shell! A seminar for shy or stressed dogs. What could be more perfect? I'm so excited.

It will be held at our regular class/trial site, and some of our friends will be attending too.

I've never had the opportunity to attend a seminar geared specifically toward our biggest issue, so this is a real treat. I hope to get a lot of it, and not drive home thinking, "Did I get my money's worth?" or"Why did I waste my time with that?"

Then, to continue our road to stress free living....a week from Monday, Oreo and I have a consultation with a board certified veterinary behaviorist (dog shrink). We've waited a long time for this appointment. There are less that 50 vets in the country with the certification. We are lucky to have one that comes to our area once a month.

I had to fill out a 7 page packet on Oreo. Our meeting will last over an hour, and we will be sent home with a plan(and maybe some prozac) that "fits into our lifestyle"! Plus, we get three months of follow up phone/email consultations.

Will these two sessions turn my dog into a happy, go lucky, love everybody, golden retriever? OK, maybe not, but I'm really looking forward to hearing what these two people have to say.

13 comments:

Priscilla said...

Wow! Sounds exciting. I hope that these two meetings will give you some ideas for Oreo. You're lucky there are seminars like that for dogs and even dog shrinks! In Malaysia, there isn't even a dog rehab!

Dawn said...

A seminar for shy dogs? Sign me up!! Can't wait to hear what ideas they have!

And a dog shrink? You didn't have to do that with Misty, did you. I had a nice calm happy loves almost everyone Sheltie before Katie. So Katie was a real surprise. Who knew? It will be good to hear about that meeting too!

We'll just suck all the information out of you! :)

Ricky the Sheltie said...

It's fantastic that there is a seminar for shy and stressed dogs - I hope you guys get lots of helpful info and that you pass it on to us! :)

It will also be very interesting to hear what the dog shrink does and what he has to say. I admit I am a little skeptical but it is definitely worth a try and maybe your experience will make me a believer!

We are very fortunate to have so many avenues for helping our dogs available to us!

Sara said...

Dawn,
My first sheltie was very friendly, and Misty is shy, but nothing like Oreo.

I'm only bringing Oreo, because I feel as though his fears have become a safety issue. I worry he may become so scared by something that he may run away to escape.

Ricky,
I would be skeptical too, but this vet has received extensive training in dog behavior at Cornell University. If she can't help us, then no one can.

andrea said...

I can't wait to hear more. Both abotu the seminar and how the clinician approaches a group of shy dogs who want to do agility and about the vet visit too. I bet you get some great tools for your OREO toolbox!

Ludo van Doggy said...

Sounds good, I hope it gets results! The other sheltie in Ludo's old class was crazy shy, made Ludo look outgoing.
Congrats on all the ribbons on the earlier post!

Marie said...

Sounds good. When Leslie McDevitt came to Utah and did a seminar a couple years ago, we went to that. I got Rogue a private spot with her after the seminar, as I knew that she wouldn't do well in the seminar itself. Leslie recommended as soon as she saw Rogue that we contact Karen Overall and have her do a consultation with our vet out here in Utah.

We also ended up with an extensive packet to fill out as well as documenting as best we could on video her day to day behaviors.

I can tell you that the things that I learned from Karen were very interesting. I thought that her help was very valuable.

If you do decide to go the route of medication, be prepared to be patient and learn to document things well. That was one of the hardest things for me. The ramp up times for most of the drugs are the same as for people, about 6-8 weeks.

I know several people who have had very good success while working in conjunction with a good veterinary behaviorist and medication. :-)

Sara said...

Thanks Marie. Good things to keep in mind. I wish I had made this appointment a year ago!

I did send the doctor some videos that show Oreo stressing in the ring.

Kathy said...

You are such a caring and dedicated doggie mom, Oreo is really so truly lucky to have you. The seminar sounds wonderful and it will be so intresting to see what the "doggie shrink" suggests. Hope your seminar today as a couple of good suggestions that seem like they might help

Noah said...

Sounds great! Hope it is just what he needs to help. Have fun and keep us posted.

Noah

Diana said...

Wow, I cant wait to hear all about it. Diana

Sam said...

I'm really looking forward to hearing about this. It seems like the stars are all aligning for you and Oreo..

I really did think of you guys during my walk through yesterday. Since running on the outside of the dog walk seemed to make sense based on where the #3 tunnel was, doing so made me feel better about Marge's distraction/stress issues. That's why it's so good to read blogs - you're really responsible for my choice in running it that way!

Sara said...

Thanks Sam. Marge is lucky to have you as her teammate!