I want to talk honestly about fear and anxiety. People see photos of our dogs and say 'such a beautiful family'. But behind the scenes, it's not always beautiful. Quinnie has had a really tough year. That she grew up completely isolated, wasn't introduced to anything during her prime learning phase, meant that when we got her, the world literally fell on top of her in one big swoop. It's been so hard seeing her crippled by fear at times, and to know we can't just make her ok over night. She's not afraid every second of her life. Some moments and in some situations, she's completely ok. Other times, she is the opposite. And then there are many moments inbetween. It's been a huge learning curve to figure out what triggers her fear. If you think of a fearful dog, you think shivering, cowering, avoidance. Which she does a lot. But when things get beyond too much, she goes the other way. She will literally scream. She doesn't growl, snarl or bark, she screams at the top of her lungs while straining into her harness. So her fear reactivity manifests slightly differently than in most dogs. Some of you know working with dogs is my job. Writing training plans, assessing behavior and then putting together behavior modification protocols is a big part of it. But I know my limits. I know that sometimes, all the behavior mod, counter conditioning and desensitizing won't do. I was fairly certain Quinnie needed chemical assistance to break through her paralyzing fear. We consulted a PhD veterinary behaviorist in Atlanta a few weeks ago, did trial set ups with fake dogs, our dogs, and other things. The behaviorist confirmed everything I had put in Q's profile, and agreed that our Orca Baby would greatly benefit from medication. We started her on Fluoxetine, which takes between 4-8 weeks to show effects. We're barely into week 3 so it's much too early to tell. There is no magical pill, bead, tonic, to cure our dogs of their fears. Many different things have to happen together. It's ok to be at a loss and to ask for help. Please seek out a true professional (the PPG has a list of trainers; the ACVB of behaviorists) as the terms behaviorist and trainer are not licensed in the US.