(Closed) My poor dog – kind of long…

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
2288 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
2465 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 # 8
5497 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
1084 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
250 posts
Helper bee

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.

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