Post # 1
We got our Alaskan Malamute pup back in September when she was 9 weeks. We immediately began crate training her and she was great with it. She rarely had accidents (only when a new person got her too wound up) and she slept through the night and anytime she was in her crate. She had other issues at the time but we’ve worked our butts off training her and we have a very obedient 6 month old pup now, for the most part.
The problem is that gradually over the last two months she has developed extreme seperation anxiety and we are so lost as to how to fix it. She screams bloody murder for 40 minutes before giving up If we leave but if she hears a cat walk anywhere in the house she will start screaming again. We live in a townhouse and although our neighbors have never said anything and have dogs of their own, I feel horrible that she is so loud so often. If you go to bed at night and go to the washroom she screams until you come back into the room.
I don’t get why she’s doing this! We never ever let her out when she’s howling so we aren’t reinforcing her. We leave classical music on to keep her calm, have a sheet over her crate to keep it more den like, exercise her, give her a special crate only treat and give her her kong to keep her distracted. Nothing is working and it seems to be getting worse. Last week we came home and she had peed everywhere in her crate even though we had let her out right before we left and we were back within an hour.
Does anyone have a suggestion about what to do? My stress level is so high because she just screams and screams and I can’t seem to find a way to help her 🙁
Post # 3
My pomeranian has terrible separation anxiety too it can be so frustrating when we’re trying to leave… some days I don’t even want to leave the house because I don’t want her to start barking. We recently bought a bark silencer
It seems to be working OKAY but we might have to upgrade to a bark collar 🙁 You might want to try wearing an old shirt and then putting that in her crate and maybe your scent might help?
Post # 4
We actually bought the ThunderShirt for our golden retriever who had AWFUL seperation anxiety (he would eat through drywall and pace, sweat, lock himself in washrooms etc) and I can actually say it has helped a great deal. I was basically willing to try anything and heard great things about it. It is supposed to be similar to the feeling babies get by being swaddled.
He has not had any issued since we tried it, so it could be worth a shot!!
Post # 5
My english setter started this at around 12 weeks or so (she’s 6 now), and this link is pretty much how I solved the issue. I was really surprised how quickly it worked and she became desensitized to my leaving.
Post # 6
My dog is a little older, and he has awful anxiety. He is crated during the day and barks/cries for a long time after we leave. We can hear him when we are in our car.
Honestly, the only thing that took the edge off for him was going to the doctor and getting him on a low dose of Prozac. We tried trainers, etc. but he was an abused rescue, so his issues were more than we thought…and the Prozac has made it possible for him to function in our house with his anxiety.
As for the peeing in the crate, my trainer explained to us that although dogs wont usually pee where they lay all day, it could be out of fear. She probably pees herself (this is what my dog does) as soon as you leave because she is so scared that she looses control.
I would suggest going to the vet and talking to them about it. Since she is young, you might be able to work with her to get past it without medications.
Post # 7
I’m going through the same issue w/ Brownie. I recently rescued him from a Shelter. He was a surrender and was @ the Shelter for less than 3 days. He’s my shadow and is slowly getting use to being in a different room than me. To help deal w/ his anxiety, I’m doing the following:
Crate Training- He’s crated because he literally tore up a window screen and tried to tear down a door. He hates the crate but I can’t leave him out.
Calming Aids- I’m trying homepathic aids in his water and its calmed him down a tad but he’s still trying to lick him way out of the crate.
Walks- I walk him before I leave and walk him immediately when I get home. Tried the treats but he just won’t calm down. If we go on a long walk when I get home, he will finally relax.
Its only been 3wks but he’s slowly making progress. Luckily, he is only crated for 8hrs one day/wk and when we go out.