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Depressed dog...

Monday, July 08, 2013

The vet says there is nothing medically wrong with Cooper, but he is exhibiting signs of depression. It has only been two weeks since he was attacked, so she said that he might be refusing to walk much because he is afraid.

So we took three short walks today around his vet appointment. I got a ride out to the farm with Cooper from my SIL's mother. That made things simpler than trying to walk out there.

In addition to those short dog walks I also bounced on the rebounder for 29 minutes abd did 2 SP videos. So, the fitness streak is still alive. Sept 20th will be the 2 year mark for my streak. Think I can make it?

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STRONGDAWG 7/10/2013 7:03PM

    Of course you can make your streak to September 2 - assuming you don't become so ill you can't get out of bed (God forbid!).

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GEMINIGEM6 7/10/2013 12:20AM

    Yep, as I mentioned in a prior comment, that's exactly what happened after my dog was attacked. You def have to watch for those behavioral changes. It can change them forever. My lil furkid is still not the same dog she was before it happened. She's still great of course. Lol. But not quite the same. It will take time and you will have to be patient w/ him. I think the idea of treats is a good idea too. :) Hugs to you both.

And of course you can make it. It's YOU. Lol!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/9/2013 8:54PM

    Aw, poor Cooper.
I agree with some other posters about maybe giving treats along your walk to boost his spirits.

Awesome job on your streak!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/9/2013 6:52PM

    Poor puppy! I don't know what you do for a depressed dog. Can he do meds to help him bounce back?

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PRNCSCUP1-2FULL 7/9/2013 12:59PM

    Oh, Poor Cooper! It is more PTSD than depression, I'm sure. Walking as much as he will walk, where he will walk can help. Sweet thing! I just want to hug him! And, yes, I believe you will hit that 2 year streak! Good for you! Excellent progress! Give Coop a hug from Auntie Melissa!

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TC8890 7/9/2013 12:30PM

  Sorry to hear about "Cooper" I have worked at several Pet Hospitals for the past 10 years....It does take some time for them to bounce back especially after an attack!! Try to make his next walk extra special by stopping at a park(or his fav place) or stopping to buy him a treat (or have an picnic) while you are out....if he is food motiavated he will connect his walks to food, this will bring in a NEW GOOD memory....hope this helps!!! Best wishes!!!

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GOULDSGRANITE 7/9/2013 10:21AM

    Glad to hear that you were able to find a place to safely walk Cooper! I have been on vaca and did not hear about your attack. I am so glad you are on the mends. I am rooting for you to reach and exceed your goal!!! You are Rockin!!!! emoticon

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MIRMIUM 7/9/2013 8:28AM

    Just a suggestion for Cooper, maybe you could try giving him treats on the walk or bringing along his favourite toy? The thought here would be that a walk is feeling super negative for him right now because of the attack and that positive things like treats and toys might help make it a more positive situation again.

Sorry to hear your little buddy is still under the weather :(

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_LINDA 7/9/2013 8:09AM

    A Two year streak? Very impressive!! You have come a long way, these last few months will be a piece of cake for you!! You go girl!!
So very sorry to hear about Cooper :( Maybe dogs can suffer post traumatic stress too :( Is it possible to find a quiet place to walk him, with no other people or dogs or noisy traffic? Maybe you could look into giving Cooper massages. My Mom once had someone recommend gentle massaging to soothe and calm one of her dogs. I hope he can recover and be his old self again..
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BONNIEMARGAY 7/9/2013 5:43AM

    Thanks for your compassion for his suffering!

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    Of course you can do it! I have complete faith in your determination. As for Cooper, poor boy. I don't blame him for being afraid. If I were him I wouldn't want to walk by the place where I was attacked. Problem is, if you don't keep him walking he'll never get over the fear. Sounds like you're handling it well with the short walks. Give him a pat for me.

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INCREDIBLYME 7/9/2013 2:26AM

    74 more days? piece of cake emoticon you really should consider becoming a personal trainer for the simple reason you have been there- you know from personal experience what it takes to overcome major hurdles in life both physically and emotionally. that alone earns my respect more than any sveldt young athlete with a lot of education.
Continued hugs and prayers for Cooper . Will he even play with you in the apartment where he knows he is safe? emoticon

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PONYFARMER 7/9/2013 2:01AM

    Oh you will make it, you are determined!!!

So sad about Cooper, I will continue to pray that he fully gets over this both emotionally and physically. This is just terrible that he is struggling with fear, but it is common in dog attacks. My dog JoyJoy was jumped by a ChowChow and the dog had her by the throat. I jumped off my horse and pounded this dog in the face with my fist and nothing, finally went for the eyes and he let her go. Owner stood there the entire time and did nothing. Joy was fearful for awhile after her attack.

Great job on keeping the streak going. I would love for you to be my trainer, you could kick my butt and that is what I need.

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SLFGOLF 7/9/2013 1:04AM

    I believe you will make it! You seem to be able to do whatever you put your mind to.

It doesn't surprise me that your dog would be anxious about walking again. He is relating walks to his attack. The more chances he gets to walk, even short walks, the more comfortable he will get with walking again. It will just take time and patience. It's something you will be able to work through with him.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/9/2013 12:58AM

    Of course you can make it! Gentle pats for Cooper,poor boy we are pulling for him.

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    Maybe he just needs time and reassurance. Poor baby

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DESERTJULZ 7/8/2013 11:42PM

    Hugs to poor Cooper. He will also sense your fear or nervousness about walking... so if you're worried, he'll worry. Healing the mind sometimes does take longer than healing the body. Wish him the best.

And you? Keep on that streak!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/8/2013 11:16PM

    Yes, you can make it. I'm pulling for you and your depressed dog.

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ROSEWAND 7/8/2013 10:47PM

    Consider acupuncture therapy for your dog. I
recently had my cat treated and it has helped.

I found a wonderful vet who came to our house
to treat my cat. It went very well. We will be having
more treatments in the future. It is a great way
to restore balance for emotional and physical issues.
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GYPSYROVER 7/8/2013 10:32PM

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NANCYPAT1 7/8/2013 10:30PM

    You can MAKE it. I am really sorry that your dog is suffering from depression - being attacked was probably very traumatic - it is good that you are being patient with Cooper.

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JERSEYGIRL24 7/8/2013 10:15PM

    Yes, you can make it!!! Feel so bad for your dog. Mine is deteriorating but wears a constant smile. I used to love taking him for long walks but I have had to cut back because of his dysplasia. But I love him more every day. Never had a dog until I was almost 30 and can't imagine life without him.

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SUGARBABY60 7/8/2013 10:12PM

    If you believe you can then I believe you can! Great job by the way!

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PJ2222 7/8/2013 10:06PM

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MARYANNSQUEST 7/8/2013 10:02PM


I know you can make it! emoticon . I am so glad to hear that Cooper has nothing medically wrong! He will bounce back because he has a wonderful mom that cares for him dearly.
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Mary Ann

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OPTIMIST1948 7/8/2013 9:59PM

    Yes I think you CAN make it. As for Cooper's anxiety, is there a way for you to have him rediscover the joy of walking he used to experience?

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