Boomer with separation anxiety
This case was written up by the owner of the dog and is also my niece.
Since January 2007 we are the owners of a female Boomer (a mixture of a Shi Tzu with a Maltese dog). She was 9 weeks old when she came to live with us, but she had problems right from the beginning.
She developed separation anxiety in a severe way and it made no difference whether she stayed in a bench all night (until she was one year old) or whether she was walking around in the living room.
She also created a trauma in her head for her vet, especially for the doorbell he had, so she became afraid of every doorbell that sounded similar as the vet’s bell. Unfortunately we had to visit the vet a lot: she was sterilized at 8 months old and then had a tearing of her scar, for which she needed surgery again.
When she was two years old, a car or scooter ran over her when she had managed to open the front door at night and she wandered on the street by herself. Luckily she found her way back home again, but her pelvis was broken in two separate areas. It all healed very slowly because she remained restless in spite of her broken bones. She had to go through a lot of consultations and X-rays with the vet again.
After that she developed an obsession for closed doors. She jumped against every door she could reach during the night, trying to get it open. Almost every morning she had a foaming mouth and was exhausted all day from jumping but we weren’t able to reassure her, no matter what we tried. (leaving a light or the radio on during the night; covering the windows; locking her in a smaller room than the living room; leaving some of the doors open, making big walks with her during the day up to ten miles, etc.). Together with the veterinarian we decided to put her on anti-epileptic medication what made her a little more relaxed but she kept on jumping anyway, now without the foaming though…
Sometimes when we wanted to go away for 3 or 4 hours she would pee and poop inside the house due to her separation anxiety. She would also scratch her belly when insecure.
In July 2012 we decided to try some new things with her after consulting Hannelore: we would leave doors open at night so Emmy could hear and smell us and we would start a Homeopathic remedy Hannelore had picked out for Emmy after answering a lot of questions about her behavior. If things improved we would discuss with our Vet to reduce her anti-epileptic medication.
Soon after starting her on the Homeopathic remedy, Emmy became more relaxed and she even seemed to understand us more in what we expected from her. At night of course she wanted to be as close as possible with us in the beginning but she also accepted a comfortable spot in the corridor next to our room. She sometimes even went downstairs again in the middle of the night and slept on a chair there! She also became a lot more relaxed when left alone during the day.
Unfortunately she was still scratching her skin during the day every time she felt insecure and was licking her paws in a more neurotic way. On the other hand we also saw some other things developing; she never understood how to play with a toy unless we would play with her. But after taking the remedy she taught herself how to do that and she really enjoys how to play with a little ball now for example.
We let Hannelore know about the improvements, but we also told her about the scratching and licking. She recommended we repeat the remedy for another week.
Fortunately Hannelore had planned to come to Holland for six weeks, and during that stay she gave two Bowen treatments to Emmy to help her re-balance herself and get her more relaxed.
Emmy enjoyed those sessions right from the beginning! It was even funny to watch how she reacted in a very positive way to Hannelore!!
It has now been 7 months since her last Bowen treatment and we still keep in contact about Emmy. As soon as Emmy’s “bad” behavior is getting the upper hand we can start the remedy again after consulting Hannelore. But so far there has been no need for that. Emmy is still improving with little steps: she sleeps all night in a chair upstairs, at the end of the corridor and she is obeying really well. Even when she starts scratching or licking her paws we just say that she is not allowed to do so and then she stops! That is amazing!! She is also no longer on the epileptic medication.
Thank you very much Hannelore for all your advice and consultations and for doing the Bowen treatment on her! It all helped to let Emmy be a better and happier dog!!
Emmy and Evelyn!
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