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#274579 - 03/07/13 08:33 PM Re: "Night Anxiety" and Is This a GSD? [Re: GSDElsa]
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I could see 'a touch' perhaps as well.

Basia paced a lot at first but it dwindled down. The first few nights I barely got any sleep with the pacing and whining. I left my bedroom door open and gave her the opportunity to sleep with me if she so desired. In the beginning she'd lay at the foot of the bed but short amounts of time before walking out again. But I don't think it took too long for her to come in and sleep the night with me. I saw sharing our sleeping place as a way to instill trust and start the bonding process.

Is she the only dog? Has it been weeks or months that they've had her? I can definitely get behind the 'survival mode' thought as well (kinda thought that with Basia in the beginning). Sounds like a tough spot and I kinda feel bad for the dog. Maybe she needs more time to figure things out. Maybe she needs to have a good deep bond.

Just some thoughts, not much advice though.

Just curious, why is the lack of crating a bad thing?
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#274679 - 03/08/13 05:59 PM Re: "Night Anxiety" and Is This a GSD? [Re: BasiaBear]
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I definitely feel bad for the dog, but I also feel bad for the fosters! I can't imagine being kept up all night by a barking dog. That really can't be a good environment for anyone to be in.

I'm not sure of all the details....I've been playing phone tag witht he director and emailing so things are coming piecemeal. I think she's been at the foster about a month or so? Not 100% though.

No crate doesn't really give the dog structure. A lot of dogs need a safe place to go and be kept (not to mention a way to keep a new dog out of trouble!). She could really need the crate to keep the anxiety in check.
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#274701 - 03/08/13 09:16 PM Re: "Night Anxiety" and Is This a GSD? [Re: GSDElsa]
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Originally Posted By: GSDElsa

No crate doesn't really give the dog structure. A lot of dogs need a safe place to go and be kept (not to mention a way to keep a new dog out of trouble!). She could really need the crate to keep the anxiety in check.

That's a good place to start, but be aware a crate may make things worse, depending on the cause of the anxiety. Won't know until it's tried though!
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#274781 - 03/09/13 01:16 PM Re: "Night Anxiety" and Is This a GSD? [Re: MaxaLisa]
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I agree with Lisa! I get the comfort aspect of the crate but I also think with certain dogs it might not be such a great thing. I have no experience crating a dog though so take it with a grain of salt. Your description of the dog reminds me a bit of basia. I was told that she could not be crated, she appeared to have been traumatized. So I never bothered to try. I'm lucky though because she's never needed it.

I don't know why but my gut tells me that she needs time to adjust and a bond. Hope it gets better! I really wish I could help.
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