Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi there, it is lovely to hear your vet's comments - congratulations! If your dog is definately reacting to grass and only getting itchy when she is on it, although it sounds very simplistic, I would keep her off the grass, especially when it is seeding, which is when it seems to be worse for some dogs. For elimination purposes, teach her to eliminate on concrete and keep her on the pavement on her walks.
Instead of giving you all the info here on the forum for both Storm Fear Phobia and teaching Alone Time, which would take several pages, I am going to suggest that you have a look at a free website I run for dog lovers. It is www.friendsofthedog.co.za and in the DogStuff section you will find an article called Storm Fear Phobia where you will find full instructions as to how to deal with this terrible phobia.
With regard to teaching her to be alone, we are busy with the site at the moment and you will find an article on Separation Anxiety on the Home page. Although your dog does not have Seperation Anxiety there is a definate possibility that she will stress after your Dad passes, and this article teaches you how to get a dog to cope to being alone.
In this article there is the first two basic TTouches and I would suggest that you do these as well, and if possible learn how to do this wonderful modality which will help her with both the storm phobia and the separation from your Dad.
She sounds a lovely little thing and if you are having trouble with any of the exercises in the articles, please dont hesitate to contact me again. Good luck Scotty
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