Post # 1
I was recently in Germany visiting my brother with my dad. My fiance was also out of town for 2 days on business but the grandma’s rallied and each took a turn housesitting and dogsitting for us. It was during this time that Boris, considered my laid back puppy, developed separation anxiety while in his crate. He never, EVER had this issue. It was usually our hound, Milo. And when I got wind of him having issues while in Germany, I couldn’t wait to get home.
I’ve been home for a week now and am hoping he’ll snap out of it once he figures out I’m not leaving. When he is in his crate it’s like he’s desparate to get out. The tray (bottom portion) is pushed out of the crate and when we let him out he’s panting as if he’s just run a mile at a fast clip.
We did some reiki which seemed to relax him and I used this stuff called Rescue Remedy on his treats. That didn’t really do anything. So I called the vet and this morning, my poor Boris got his first dose of valium. I hope it just takes the edge off for him as I can’t imagine being in the crate and feeling as if you absolutely have to get out. My neighbor just called and said Boris would NOT go back in his crate after she walked him. So I just told her to leave him out.
I don’t know what to do for him. I suppose not crating him during the day is step #1. Any advice?
We give them both kongs, leave the radio on, etc.
Post # 3
Oh, the picture makes it look like they are crated together. They each have a huge crate.
Post # 4
Oh man. Separation anxiety is not fun! My dog had a bad flare up when we left for the wedding. We had to start crating him inside (he’s usually outside in a kennel when we’re gone but he was destroying the side of the house trying to get out). And I think the only thing that has gotten him over it is time. Also, our schedules have solidified a lot more which is also helping.
If he’s panicky or out of breath when you get home don’t let him out right away. Let him stay in his crate until he’s calm and quiet. Also, maybe moving the crate into the living room might be helpful if it’s currently not in a high traffic area. And put him in for random short periods of time even while you’re home – basically re-crate train him.
Good luck! I know it’s not fun for either one of you. Oh, and they’re both completely adorable by the way!
Post # 5
I wanted to chime in here really quickly to say how adorable and how majestic they look in the first pic. Very proud! Anyhoo, I’m worried about this too since we don’t think we’ll be able to take our service dog overseas for our honeymoon. I think you’ve done everything you could do. What did the vet say?
Post # 6
how old is he?
my pup went through a stage when he about 1 year old where he couldn’t STAND being crated anymore. he went from being totally cool with the crate and even running in for treats when he could tell we were leaving to chewing holes in the wall and couch next to the crate and pulling anything he could reach from inside into the crate and destroying it, and crying his head off when we left. we started letting him have free reign in a single room and now he’s (mostly) back to being a well-behaved, quiet, good little boy. we keep the crate in the room and he probably spends most his time in there, but he doesn’t cry when we leave anymore or destroy anything.
Post # 7
Well, the vet didn’t really say anything. I just called, explained the situation and asked for the most mild sedative I could have in case we really needed to use it which we did this morning. Boris is 1 1/2 years old.
When we’re home, his crate door is always open. He’ll go in and chill sometimes, or sniff around.
As far as re-crate training him, should I feed him in the crate (door open)?
Post # 8
When we got our 4 year old (she was 3 at the time) she had it very bad! I suggest leaving him alone for 5 minuets. Come home. And gradually add on the time he is alone. Little by little.
Post # 9
We didn’t do crate training. The rooms we don’t want the dog in we close the door to them. You might want to try seeing how he does on short trips to the grocery store with being free in the house before you let him/them out all day.
And I agree wtih His Barista, try short trips (really short trips, like a mini-walk) out and then come back to show them it’s not always the end of the world.
Post # 10
We make sure we play classical music, make the room dark so she will sleep and we put a blanket in the crate that smells like us. We haven’t had a single anxiety issue since.