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Thread: anyone have a problem with a dog with separation anxiety?

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    the other day our dog woke up and thought no one was home and ran thru the house screaming and crying so I need some ideas how to deal with it thanks

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    They sell dog snacks that help calm dogs. One is "chilling chews". These help....natural ingredient's.

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    When our lab was a pup he had seperation anxiety -- ate couches, chairs, pretty much anything else that couldn't run away. I gave him st. johns wort - it's an herb that is supposed to ease anxiety... didn't cure him, but more days than not I would find my house in tact. Thankfully he grew out of it by the time he was a year old or so. I have also read that crate training your dogs can help ease anxiety - gives them their own little dark cave, but I've never had room in my house for a crate big enough to hold any of my dogs.

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    We adopted a dog at about age 3, who was house trained etc. We found out quickly he had separation anxiety.
    He even chewed up the door frame while we went to the store one day. got out the CAT door { he is 70 lbs or so} when we left him in the garage, we thought we were going somewhere without him. He got out before we could get in the truck.
    We tried leaving the light on, tv etc It took 6 months or so before he Outgrew This.
    I have no suggestions just sympathy for you.

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    your in for a long journey, there are no magic or quick fixes - stay way from meds of any kind. Try crate training. start with small increments of time, make the crate a fun and safe place (i.e., start with 10 minutes at a time with a snack - i use kongs that have been filled and frozen with peanut butter. Then move to 20, then 30, then 40, then an hour, then two. always make the crate a safe fun place, not a punishment place. try having your pup sleep in there at night. my two new pups are almost a year old and they still sleep in the crate.

    It takes time and lots and lots of patience. good luck!

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    Our little Tibetan Spaniel "Bug" did that. Unfortunately we found he had a vertebral problem that pained him when he moved in his sleep. Cortisone shots got him thru several episodes.

    Does you dog act like that when you really gone?

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    Not sure if this is much help, but every once in a while my cat will do that - just start crying pitifully, usually while he's in the bedroom and I'm in the living room. I call to him, and tell him it's all right and call him to me, and then he seems okay. Don't know if he just woke up and forgot where he was, or what. It seemed to start out of nowhere and it happened occasionally for a few months. He hasn't done it in a little while. He just sounded insecure, and I went forward on that basis.

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    You could try the Feliway pheromones for dogs; helps create calmness. Here is a link to one on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Farnam-Comfort...ws/B000J3HZWE/

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    I have 2 suggestions based on the experience with my dogs.

    1. I gave antidepressants

    2. I got another dog for a companion.

    I now have 4 dogs and they do fine, but I had to lose a couch before I arrived at this solution.

    The crate training is a wonderful idea. My dh is opposed to crates so we have more dogs. Still works.

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    Go to thundershirt,com! They are $36.00 any size. They work for all types of a
    Anxiety! I have one for my lil girl and it works great. If she's real bad I adds pheromone spray.

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    I would definitely go with teaching your dog to crate. It's also a very handy and safe way to transport your dog in your vehicle. My dog gets worried when I take her crate out of my van. She will go in and hope that I remember to reload!

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    As a rescuer of a breed that frequently has separation anxiety- I second the thundershirts. I would also go to the health food store and look for a product (for humans) called Rescue Remedy. It is a Bach Flower Essence. It really helps the nervous dogs. Put a few drops in his water, or just soak a treat with a couple of drops.

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    Yes, I agree No magic cure.
    Mine would get terrible anxiety if I had to leave town, by the time I got home the anxiety turned to bad depression. One trick I found that helps is leaving the TV on. Bedroom lights on, leaving the house as if I didn't leave at all. There was a lot less mess to clean up when I did it that way. I ended up just getting another dog. Oh, how he hated that dog when I brought him in. Dirty looks, beg hogging, competion on who could sit in my lap more. Just crazyness, but in the end they were the best of buds. And know I know, when they tore up my kitchen it was a team effort!
    That was some time ago, my old dog is now 15 (still gets in te trash) but no more panic attacks when the door shuts.

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    there is a technique that really helps them get over this but it is time consuming - you have to get ready to go out as normal - don't talk to the dog - go out and come back about 10 mins later - next time extend the time by about 5 mins - obviously this has to be done over a period of time not all in one day!! when you get back each time ignore the dog for a few minutes - get your shoes off hang your coat and then make a fuss of the dog it does work but as I said it is a lengthy process but no crates involved and you end up with a happy dog cos even if you crate them they are still in distress!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janedee
    there is a technique that really helps them get over this but it is time consuming - you have to get ready to go out as normal - don't talk to the dog - go out and come back about 10 mins later - next time extend the time by about 5 mins - obviously this has to be done over a period of time not all in one day!! when you get back each time ignore the dog for a few minutes - get your shoes off hang your coat and then make a fuss of the dog it does work but as I said it is a lengthy process but no crates involved and you end up with a happy dog cos even if you crate them they are still in distress!!
    This is the method used by that British woman dog trainer <> Victoria?? on her tv show "It's me or the Dog"?? Good luck to both you and your puppy!

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    I ditto the Rescue Remedy and the crate training. My Australian Shepherd mix has terrible fear of thunderstorms and being in his crate (with a blanket thrown over for coziness) works better than anything else.... Crates should never be used as punishment; my guys get treats to get in them when it's a weird time----like anytime but bedtime. They grow to love them. Remember that dogs come from wolves, who lived in dark caves.

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    Our Red Bone Coon hound had separation anxiety. We were the 5th family to adopt him from the local pound. His origianl owner had left there-twice!
    He ran all over the house as we left, tore down gates, blinds, etc.
    Funny thing was that when we walked him out to the dog house outside and put him on a 15 ft chain in the shade with water and food, he would walk over to it lie down and look at me like he was saying. "don't you have a place to go?"
    He didn't like being left alone, but worse was not being out. He didn't want to "feel" confined. He's gone now. I miss him still. He was a character otherwise.
    Good Luck! They still make good pets, sometimes need the extra time you have to spend to help them.

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    I did 2 things which seem to help, he still loves it when I come home but is not as bad as he was...1. leave a radio on low and 2. I now have 3 cats and one of them is his best friend, sleep, play together etc and he is a 120 lb Rot/Pit mix!

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    A product called "Rescue Remedy". You can get it at a health food store although more grocery stores with health food departments have it now than ever before. It calms. I use it for people trauma, when you are anxious for anything, we used it on our dog when we had her and whenever transplanting seedlings or full grown plants, I put a dropper full in the water. I have NEVER and I mean NEVER lost a plant yet. It is for all living things.

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    You can also try giving a few drops of Rescue Remedy
    (buy this at health food stores) this was used during WWII in England, it calmed down the kids during bombings
    It's all nature made from flowers. I used it on my dog and it worked.
    NormaBeth

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    I have a dachshund who has had a terrible problem ever since I got her as a tiny puppy. She simply cannot be left alone, even for just a few minutes, because she urinates on the carpet in front of the door and also is totally traumatized. I tried shutting her into the kitchen and also crating but she deficated all over the crate and herself. Poor thing. I have tried all of the recommended methods and nothing has helped. I now have to either take her with me everywhere or leave her with my mother. She is definitely a special needs child, in more ways than one, but I adore her. You and the dog have my sympathies. It must be hard for them to be so terrified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsyquilter
    your in for a long journey, there are no magic or quick fixes - stay way from meds of any kind. Try crate training. start with small increments of time, make the crate a fun and safe place (i.e., start with 10 minutes at a time with a snack - i use kongs that have been filled and frozen with peanut butter. Then move to 20, then 30, then 40, then an hour, then two. always make the crate a safe fun place, not a punishment place. try having your pup sleep in there at night. my two new pups are almost a year old and they still sleep in the crate.

    It takes time and lots and lots of patience. good luck!
    All of that exactly. Can add one more thing. Leave a radio or CD on. You may want to try different types of music, talk radio, nature sounds - see what works best.

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    Our neighbors dog has it, so we keep him at our house most of the time so he is with us or if we are not home he is with our dogs, Jack has to be around the pack all the time, he is also very attached to my husband so if Jack sees my husband and can not get to him he barks and cries....

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    We had a dog in Hawaii that was used to going to work everyday with my husband. His family came to visit and we were gone all day site seeing and each day the dog would chew up something. It was a mess. My daughter is going thru this w/her kitten now; except the kitten would pee all over the place. They put her in the kennel a few times and now she's being good. Pets are like kids; same issues and tons of different ways to hopefully fix the problems; it's just figuring out which solution works for that particular one. Good luck

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    If you find a cure, please share... my puppy, 'Funny Girl', now 2 yrs. has torn up the linoleum kitchen floor, throw rugs, countless doggie beds, and so-called indestrutible doggie toys...it's no wonder I now call her 'Devil Doggie', but no matter what she does/has done, I still love her and will keep trying to overlook her bad habits...Naomi PS She's only 20-25 lbs. but thinks she's a BIG Dog!!!lol
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