Hello… First post here
I have two beautiful cavaliers: Darcy (Female tri 2.5yrs) and Toby (Male b&t 1.5yrs).
Toby used to be a really fearless confident little man but lately has become a nervous wreck! Darcy on the other hand has come out of her shell a lot more and is now much more confident than she used to be!
I did change their food a while ago which seemed to have a great affect on Darcy but I’m wondering if it has had the opposite on Toby – Can a change in diet affect a dog’s nerves[Toby has recently become really jumpy, for example he’s scared of his food bowl, (so we got him a rubber based bowl that doesn’t move), scared of any funny noises like the hairdryer, the hoover, any ‘new’ things to the house etc. whereas Darcy actually likes these things and thinks they are a game! (Sweeping brush wrestling is her favourite). Toby is always jumping out of the way of people, as if they’re going to stand on him.
I think that part of the problem stems from an incident where a friend’s little boy who was playing fetch with him, started throwing stones at him. (I stupidly turned my back for two minutes so didn’t catch it straight away). Every since then he has been scared of little boys and hides under the table if any are around. We’re re-socializing him with little kids so he’s starting to relax a little more.
In the last few days, he seems hesitant to do things like go up stairs, jump up onto the couch, which are things he has always done without a seconds thought. We thought he might have hurt himself but we checked him all over and he seems fine. If this continues I think I’ll bring him to the vet.
I would like to get all your thoughts on how I can help him out.. thank you!