Darwin's on her weaning off period from the Prednisone and it can't go by faster. Has anyone else had their dog on Prednisone? The side effects of excessive thirst and hunger (equaling excessive peeing and pooping) has been annoying but easy enough to deal with. The side effect of behavioral changes is another thing. While the lethargy is worrisome because she's usually a very high energy gal, it's also been good keeping her inactive and resting. The one behavioral side effect that I don't know how to deal with as well is her new aggression/anxiety she displays now. Going on walks, she'll bark at people, dogs, anything. We've been working on her "leave it" command trying to get her to ignore things and it's worked sometimes. We've been working on her "no bark" command when we're inside and she hears any noise at all. It's a work in progress, but she's been getting better at it.
Tonight though, I took her out for a potty break and she was embarrassingly out of control. As we were heading back in I noticed two ladies walking up the street with their two dogs, so I told Darwin "leave it" and tried to get her to stand to the side so they could pass. Instead she started pulling me down the street barking at the dogs. The two ladies understandably were scared of this giant barking, pulling dog and ran with their dogs across the street. I want to say she was just barking and pulling to go play with the dogs, but I'm not positive and either way she shouldn't (and usually doesn't) behave like that. I told her "no" and got her inside quickly and put her on timeout on her bed.
What is the best way to deal with this behavior? I read online that side effects like this will usually go away once the treatment is stopped, but we still have another two and a half weeks of one pill a day and another three weeks of one pill every other day. So that's another five and a half weeks of crazy Darwin and I can't have her pulling me down the street barking like a madman.
Grrr. So frustrating.