(Closed) NWR- HELP! anyone have a dog with separation anxiety?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

Oh man…. I feel for you. We have a rescue pup and he has tested our patience/resources as well. Not to the extent of that :/

 

I am curious to see the responses, though!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You can try a thundercoat. It keeps slight pressure on the dog which is supposed to help keep them calm. Also, if you leave something that smells like you like an old tshirt you’ve just worn, that might help calm her down. But, it seems like a pretty extreme case so I’m not sure that will fix the problem. If she keeps picking at a wound I would go to the vet and get a cone.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My dog had terrible separation anxiety. She would whine and go crazy when I left. Once in a while she tore things up. 

I read somewhere, have no idea who to credit on this one, that everytime you leave to give them a treat or bone and say the same sentence everytime. I started tossing a little treat in the opposite direction of the door then saying “I’ll be back.” The dog freaks out because they think you are not coming back so if you do the same action everytime you leave then they know you are coming back.

It has come to the point now where I don’t have to do this anymore. Once in a while I notice she’s a little anxious so I do it…but it’s rare.

Also, get your dog a Kong and fill it with treats. It will help keep him/her occupied.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You should consider crating the dog so it doesn’t harm itself when you aren’t home. We practice leaving with our rescue dog and he has been amazing learning our getting ready to leave routine. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

You should crate the dog when you leave. He/she will feel much safer in a small box with a warm blanky than in a huge room alone. (Nothing is wrong with not crating.) Our dog roams free while we are not home. But I think this will be your best bet for now. You can also take them to the vet for medicine for anxiety. & As a PP mentioned a thunder coat is nice as well!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

This dog def needs to be crated. She will cry at first but will get used to it. Leaving her out is dangerous for her right now. And for your belongings. Freedom in the house is a privilege gained over time. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Try crating her with a cone. It sounds cruel, but they really can’t hurt themselves with one on, and eventually she will learn to love her crate. Just leave lots of treats in there and reward her when she she goes in by herself. She will learn its a good, safe place.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@maggiemay0811:  my dog is crate trained and sleeps in hers every night. She never self mutilated. During the day she is free because she earned it so to speak.

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