Alright Collective, I need some help. Or reassurance.
I have 7 yr old Ridgeback, Buma. She is my shadow, attached to my hip, would rather be with people than dogs, dog. I got her as a 2 yr old and I know that she had a litter of pups on her first heat cycle. Her previous owner told me.
When we brought her into our family at the age of 2 we had an older Boxer/Pittie/Blackmouth Cur that loved everyone and was 8 at the time. He crossed the rainbow bridge this past summer. They got along great and she seemed to be missing him after his passing. She wouldn’t play but I am sure is was nice to have another dog to be with.
In an effort to fill the void (my broken heart and a companion for Buma). I got a pup a few weeks ago. Silly Lilly. She is a Lab / Border Collie cross and is 16 weeks old currently. And smart as a whip. I was expecting her to turn on the mothering switch and not be freaked out by the pup but…
Here is the issue. Buma is experiencing major anxiety. And it is mostly caused by the toys.
She freaks out when Lilly plays with her stuffy toys that have squeakers in them. Or when she is playing with a rubber toy and she drops it, it freaks Buma out. When pup needs quiet time and I put her in her crate; Buma freaks out if Lilly stretches and hits the crate making a noise.
Buma shakes, gets wided-eyed, wants to hid under my legs, pants, just generally freaks out.
Buma tolerates the pup playing with her, sharing the bed, engages with her outside in play and let’s Lilly chase her and then returns the favor to chase Lilly.
Buma also hates: gun shots, fireworks, banging, dropping a heavy item, loud sharp sounds, etc. These I can handle as they are not a daily or hourly thing like the puppy playing.
When I took her to the vet to discuss some sort of med to help take the edge off, I was dismissed and given some “calming chews” that do nothing or very little. Composure Pro I am giving her 2 in the Am and then a second dose of 2 around lunch time 1-2pm.
Besides finding a new vet, which I am in the process of doing. How can I help Buma with her squeaker freak outs? I want puppy to play and be engaging, and she is so good about being redirected from chewing on a ‘no’ item and taking a good item like a stuffy or a rubber kong; and I feel bad when I have to put her in a time out because Buma is freaking out. I have pulled all of the squeaker toys off the floor, and now Lilly is super bored and bordom leads to naughty puppy behaviour.
Perhaps I need to give her more. She is 105lbs. ??
PS. I would seperate Buma, but she flips out when I am in the house and she is not in the same room with me. I know… its an issue.
And to make matters harder…I work from home.
What can I do?