(Closed) Any dog owners out there with some advice? Help please!!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

You’re on the right track with crate training.  Until she gets accustomed to her crate, I would probably take anything chewable out.  Training does take a while so just be patient.  You could also do some training while you’re home.  Put her in her crate and then leave the room for 5 minutes and come back.  Repeat a few times.  Then leave for 10 minutes. Repeat.  Keep increasing the time you leave, and she’ll learn that you’ll always come back.

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

How old is she?

Can you stop home in the middle of the day to check on her?

I would def not keep anything in her crate. I have heard that putting one of your tshirts on her will help because it has your scent. But not sure how that will work with her destroying things.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Continue to crate train.  Leave toys/chews around in the crate while gone.  Try the ThunderShirt (i think that’s what it’s called).  I heard it works wonders.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Our puppy tore up her bed in her crate too. Now we just put a nice thick blanket in there for her and she can snuggle down in it when she is cold she loves it. She gets very ansty when we take it out to wash it. She also cried the for a couple weeks when we left, but now shes great with the crate and goes in like a champ.

Are you sure she is having seperation anxitey and not just in a chewing phase?

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Prozac. LOL. I’m serious. Changed my dog’s life. The vet will tell you it is totally safe. I’m not a big pill person, I try to aviod them if possible, but it was a necessity for my dog. The destruction and anxiety reduced a ton.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Keep her in the crate, it’s where they feel most secure! Take the bed out and put a towel down or just don’t haveanything down for now! Good luck, you ate on the right track 🙂 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@MissCT:  

One of my MILs Shelties had horrible separation anxiety due to her history. Her owners left her in kennels all the time when they traveled. It really messed the poor dog up. She’s overall really sweet. But whenever you go to leave she gets neurotic and wants to nip at you. The one time she actually tore a hole through my jeans and put two teeth marks in my butt.

She was really attached to my Mother-In-Law. And gets horrible separation anxiety when they leave the house, when there’s storms. She literally shivers. The tshirt helped her because it had MILs scent on it and provided comfort with familiarity. She’s a bit of a extreme but the vet actually prescribed Prozac for her. She calmed down a bit after that.

She got better but she still had separation anxiety. It was A LOT of work on my MILs part.

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