I received this message on the Corgi Butts wall today from Miranda asking for advice/help:
Last week, while on a walk it started to thunder, and Bomber was terrified. He started to run towards home, pulling me all the way. When he got inside, he climbed into bed with me and shivered and panted like crazy in my arms for the duration of the storm. Since then, he won't go for walks, which he previously could not get enough of, nor will he willingly go outside, even in the yard, even to pee and poop. I have to coax him outside with treats. I have to leash him and walk him until he goes potty, then he runs for the door. He has no interest in playing with toys. He will eat, however, although not with his usual interest. I spoke with the vet who said it's not all that uncommon to happen, but I'm very worried. Bomber was always such a happy dog, not scared of anything, he loved laying outside for hours on end, playing frisbee and fetch, running and tugging on ropes. You could not ask for a better dog really. He was not even scared of fireworks that we set off at our home on new years eve this year.the vet recommended that I slowly get him outside, coaxing him with treats and reassuring him, which I've been doing. The vet also gave me a sedative for him to use when bad storms are approaching and for the 4th of July. I hate to use it, but I don't think I have any other choice. He's so anxious now, he clings to me all day, never leaving my side. He's not being aggressive or showing distractive behavior, nor is he barking. He's just scared and he trembles if he hears a loud noise (even thunder on tv), but power tools dont seem to bother him (we are renovating our house, almost completed). We haven't had any storms since, but he seems to be getting worse by the day, even with the reassurance. I'm so worried about my little corgi, he's just not himself. He was never abused, or hurt ever at all, we got him as a puppy. And up until last week he was totally normal. I'm a mess seeing him like this. Do any corgi/dog owners have any suggestions on things I can do to bring him out of this slump? He is so anxious all the time, it's almost as if I have a completely different dog, as if I rescued a formerly abused animal. Please help! Any suggestions are welcome! Summer is here and I was hoping to be bringing him to the park for walks, and to the beach, but he's even scared to go into the front yard on a leash with me! Help!
If you have any experience w/this, could you please leave a comment here or directly on her Facebook Post to help Miranda out? Thanks!! :)