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24 Feb 2004

Hond bang na inbraak
Vrydagaand so by 9uur het ons 'n inbraak gehad by ons huis. Ons was nie by die huis nie maar ons groot "mixbreed" hond genaamd Seun was daar. Hy het defnetief die inbreekers probeur wegjaag. Al om die huis is tekens van die poging. Toe ons by die huis kom toe sit hy en wag by die hek terwyl die inbreekers nog besig was in die huis. Ons begin nou agterkom hy is te bang om nou buite in die nag rond te loop. Hy slaap nou tot in die huis en as die natuur roep moet my man saam met hom loop. Hy is ook al om ons en baie op "edge". Is daar iets fout met hom? Ons is baie bekommerd oor hom, ons weet nie of hulle hom seer gemaak het nie want hy wys geen tekens van pyn nie en of hulle hom dalk met iets gespuit het nie. Wat kan ons doen om hom te help?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Yollie
Jammer, my Afrikaans is nie so goed nie, so ek sal in Engels antwoord. Your dog has been traumatised by this event and needs some tender loving care to recover. It is possible that he was hurt or sprayed with something, so a vet checkup may be a good idea, but it sounds like the damage was probably only psychological. Imagine it had been you - you would need counselling, perhaps drugs and probably insist on extra security on your house! You can help him recover by giving him some mild sedatives for a few weeks (Rescue Remedy, Valerian or something stronger from your vet). You need to re-assure him that everything's ok. For a few weeks let him sleep inside and take him out at night, perhaps even for a walk further from your house on a lead. Try not to comfort him (this will make him think there is definitely something wrong.), but rather be happy - pat him, play a game with him and offer him treats. Daily massage or brushing often helps to reduce anxiety so try this, especially on his muzzle and hindquarters. He may take a few weeks or months to recover and may always be nervous of certain situations, but the more patient you are with him the better. Remember a police dog that survives being shot can never be used for police work again. You have a very brave dog from the sounds of things and you can be proud that he made the effort to protect your home.
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
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