Cora has come a long way in the last few months, but still has a way to go overcoming her fear of people.
I took her to the Vet to discuss her anxieties. When I first got Cora, she was afraid to let me take her out of the car. Now she loves to go for a ride and is the first one to jump into the car and comes out willingly!
The first few times on a leash, Cora became a bucking bronco! The Vet asked me to try some calming care powder on her food for a week before putting her on any medication. I did that for a week and didn’t see any change, so he started her on Fluoxetine. He said it would take about 3 weeks to see any change.
Finally, I started seeing small improvements where Cora wasn’t trembling when I touched her. Now I can pet her when she is laying in her bed without her entire body twitching and shaking! She still has fear in her eyes and is always looking for her escape route, so I continue to talk to her as I approach and while I am by her.
I had to bring Cora back to the Vet for a booster shot last week. This time she walked in without pulling on the leash. She wanted to say Hi to the other dogs, but we just walked to the end seat.
If Cora knows there is an extra person or new people in the house, she won’t come in. After they leave, I have to spend some time outside with the dogs to get her to forget about other people in the house. She follows me within 5 to 10 feet as I am cleaning up the yard, but still won’t get close enough so I can touch her outside.
If I ever can’t get her relaxed enough to come in, I have to bring my resident dog close to her for a minute, then tell him to go back in so she will run in with him. When I know people will be coming over, I have to use the 30-foot lead on Cora so I can pick up the end and walk her in.