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Excessive drooling from stress

Lucy has started excessively drooling last month. First, it was just from driving, so I thought maybe motion sickness. But she has had this happen at least 4 times since then. It seems to occur when she's stressed out or around other dogs. For example, I left her in the car today with the windows open for 5 minutes (don't worry- it was a beautiful day of 68 degrees!) When I came back she had 2 long lines of drool stretching to the floor, and her whole mouth was sopping wet. It was gross, to say the least. It is happening more frequently now. I try to expose her to one new place each weekend, and the drooling occurs when I do that too. She is perfectly outgoing and excitable when walking through our own neighborhood. So I can definitely tell its a stress thing. I do not coddle her when she shows fear, since I know that can reinforce it. Nevertheless, it continues to get worse.

Now that she has been cleared with the vet, she starts a 6 week confidence building workshop on Tuesday. I am trying this prior to starting training classes, since one of her stressors is being around other dogs (she drools and hides behind me). I am hoping this will help her learn to deal with stress appropriately while making her feel more secure with herself.

Has anyone else rehabilitated a stressed out dog? Is there anything else I should be doing to help her deal with it better?
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How old is she now?

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do you mind sharing privately your trainer for this first excerccises? coddling won't reinforce fear, it won't help it either. Good for you for seeking help,

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She's 5 months old

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talking about stress, I just finished an article for Havanese Breed Magazine on stress, due out in DEC. I believe so here's a plug for a great magazine. http://www.havanesebreed.com/ to subscribe.

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Aw I totally wish I could read it without subscribing

Thanks again Dave for reassuring me in this class. I will keep you all posted on how she does. I hate to see my sweet little girl so stressed out in these situations.
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pay attention to Vivian, and don't be stressed , ... it shows lol

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pay attention to Vivian, and don't be stressed , ... it shows lol
Lol! Like mother like dog...right?

You probably think I'm a nut job by now with all the HELP ME posts. First time (single parent) dog owner right here! God help me when i will have to raise a human baby.

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Sammi did this in the beginning (mainly in the car). I bought a Thunder Shirt and we used it for a while. Now she is fine. If I had not read about others experiences with it here I would have never bought it. I remember seeing it advertised and thinking that was the craziest product ever. Worked like a charm when nothing else did.


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So it's been about 6 weeks since this post and Lucy completed her confidence building class! It was almost like groups therapy with 6 neurotic dogs! Each dog had its "thing" that made it anxious...some were worse off than others. Calm music played the whole time, and each dog/owner was separated into its own area with a bed with baby gates separating everyone. Lucy definitely did not have the same degree of nervousness that most of them had. Her thing was other dogs, driving in the car, and being alone. Each week the class focused on a new skill...touch targeting and desensitization of various stressors to name a couple. Starting out, Lucy had her tail tucked most of the time and insisted on sitting on my lap. Yesterday we had her last class and she was trying to initiate play with a golden retriever! Her tail wagged the whole time and she approached all people and dogs in her sight with a wagging tail. I have seen a lot of progress. I also bought a thundershirt, which really has taken the edge off her nerves. No more excessive drooling in the car. After she recovers from her spay I feel comfortable bringing her to their regular training classes, and i believe she will do just fine around other dogs in that environment.
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