Puppy Separation Anxiety? Help!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
6969 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

How much exercise does she get?

Post # 8
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

It does sound like she might have separation anxiety. There is a lot of information online about different tactics you can try to help alleviate, and everyone has thier own opinions on what will or will not work. That said, I would make the kennel a good place for her to go. Reward her for good behavior in the kennel. Put in her in the kennel for very short amounts of time, make sure to come back in the room before she starts freaking out. give her lots of rewards and praise.Keep  practicing this and leave her for longer periods of time each time until she can handle more and more time. Its a process and a hard one when you have to work. I’ve also heard of people using doggie kongs with frozen peanut butter and things like that to try to distract them while they are gone, but at will rarely last the whole day. Some dogs just need background noise and will calm down (radio,tv, etc.). There are also walls difussers that will distribute pherromones into the room which can have a calming effect but they are kind of expensive and have very mixed reviews on if they work. You could also try a product called the thunder shirt. You can get it at any pet store and sometimes it can help. I have heard a lot of success stories but it did not work for me personally. I’m a dog groomer and hear stories like this all the time, it’s just a matter of finding something that works for you and your pup. Hang in there 🙂

Post # 10
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@spoiledvamp27:  She needs more activiy … try walking her b4 you go to work she needs to be warn out you should walk her b4 bed too … try toys that are like games treat balls so she has to figure out how to get the treat out something to keep her mind busy 


is she is panicing thunder jackets help with her nerviousness i don’t know about the distruction though i know it helps with the crying and the panic for sure though (it has on 2 of my dogs) 

make sure she has things to do that helps they rip things up when they are hyper have pent up energy so past walking her move taking her out b4 work i don’t know other then thigns like treat balls what you can do 

Post # 11
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@spoiledvamp27:  I would like to know if the Thundershirt helps your dog at all.  Like I said, I read lots of reviews, but I don’t know anyone who’s actually tried it.  I’m curious!

Post # 12
825 posts
Busy bee

@spoiledvamp27:  Kelpie (and Kelpie mixes) are extremely high energy herding dogs. Even a one hour game of fetch once a day is not going to prevent the destruction to your home. We have a two year old border collie mix, and she does the same thing when we’re gone. It’s not separation anxiety: her mind and body are not stimulated. She’s torn holes in our carpet, and when she’s crated with a blanket over the crate, she used to pull the blanket in and shred it.

We upped her exercise considerably and started doing more training at home — these dogs need more than a PetCo training class, the need a real job. Look at KikoPup’s YouTube videos to get started. Then research good advanced training facilities in your area. Look at agility, flyball, and nosework classes. It’ll do wonders to improve things if her mind AND body are tired.

ETA: Particularly if you have hardwood floors in your home, look into the IQ Treat Ball. Every morning, put her breakfast in the ball and make her work for it. It gives her mind and body and workout, and gives you time to get ready for your day.

Post # 13
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had this problem with our dog…  we tried:

leaving the tv or radio on

leaving clothes and towels that smelled us

we would feed him in a puzzle ball so it would keep him occupied

I walked him before I left. 

nothing worked!  it was very hard because he barked the whole time too and our neighbors were getting fed up.

What worked for us was getting another dog.  they keep each other company and we havent had any problems since.  


Post # 14
14 posts

Like the people above said….more exercise.  If you know you are going out for a while, then take the dog out and make him/her super tired.  That way when you leave, they will likely just sleep.  Worked with my two monsters.  

Post # 15
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Well, a great deal of this is going to be a repeat of what PPs have suggested…

Not sure if you’ve had her from when she was a puppy or not. My Setter has some wicked separation anxiety, despite being with me from since she was a few weeks old. But I would try to seriously evaluate her behavior… our Setter shreds paper when she’s feeling anxious. The destruction comes from a particularly high energy breed being bored.

What’s worked for us is a combination of increased exercise, increased availability of non-destructible toys (read: the rubber-based Kong toys), and a staggered re-introduction of “free roam” time. So essentially, we started at leaving her out for 10 minutes while we went to get gas or check the mail. Then it was that she’d be out for 30-45 minutes while I worked out. We’re still hovering at about 60 -90 minutes successfully. 

Also, we now leave her crate door open during the day when we’re gone. I often find that she crates herself if we’re gone for longer periods of time.

Hope some of this helps! Best wishes.

Post # 16
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I second more exercise, playing fetch is great but it sounds like she needs more mental exercise.  Even a nice walk in the morning will help, sniffing gives a ton of mental stimulation.  Treat balls, puzzles, kongs are also great, feed her her meals in these.  I have a border collie mix, we’ll have him wait while we hide treats around the house or we’ll play hide & seek with him.  A 5-10 minute game can really tire him out. 

Also the suggestion to build up how long she’s left will help.  There are lots of tips online on how to work on this to make leaving not a big deal. 

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