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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?