My 1&1/2 year old neutered and sweetest dog ever. Only one problem. This dog has the worst separation anxiety of all tim
Yeah, I've tried so much to stop this from happening. I leave tv on, I keep him with cool water and food. I take him to bathroom right before I go anywhere. I feel like giving up but I can't because I love him toooo darn much
on Jun 27th 2012
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Here are two things that I can suggest.
1. Do not immediately greet your dog when you return home. This way you are rewarding him indirectly for his attitude while you were away.
2. Your dog need to undergo some behavioural training, make sure you crate train him.
First off- enroll him in a reputable obedience facility in your area. They will be able to pinpoint his behaviors and give you positive solutions to work with.
Secondly- Is he crate trained? You need to crate him when you are away. A positively crated dog views a crate as a safe, secure den (like wolves). There are lots of excellent resources on properly crate training; keep it fun and very, very positive! (Don't leave for long periods of time. Start off with one minute: return when he's quiet, don't make a big deal of things, give a treat, and then let him out. Repeat several times a day and build up time, etc).
Other options that might help: "ThunderShirts" and
DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheramone) sprays,diffusers, or collars. Both are beneficial and can be used together. They can both be picked up at Petsmart. They help calm anxious pups.
Stay positive and patient! Anxiety doesn't develop overnight; it will take positive changes and time to work with this, but it is VERY fixable!
CGC,RTD,AKC Brake's LoneRanger answered on 6/27/12. Helpful? / 0