Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Lia, what a distressing situation to have!
I do agree with your vet about the eating, but did he perhaps prescribe any medication to help her cope, this may help.
Personally I would get hold of somebody that does Tellington TTouch. This modality is wonderful for lessening stress and I have used it extensively in helping dog with depression.
What is also important is your own reaction to her. Although you are feeling sorry for her and are concerned about her, the more you act this way towards her, the more she will keep on with the same behaviour.
When you act in your 'old' way, she may relax more. I would also try to get her out for walks and perhaps to meet other dogs, or just to have some fun games-ball throwing, chasing each other around the garden, in fact anything that the dog loved before.
Another option is to consider getting another dog, but this does not always help. If you do get another dog, remember to teach the dogs to be independant and not be with each other 24/7 and then this situation wont happen again.
Good luck and do let me know how it goes, thanks Scotty
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