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luvdatigahs
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Dog separation anxiety
I adopted a retired racing greyhound named Sunny. She is such a sweet girl but has separation anxiety when I leave the house. I put her in the crate when I leave, since I’m not comfortable with her being in the house alone, and she starts barking as soon as I leave. She will bark for a little while the. Settle down and occasionally get into barking fits between sleeps. I was wondering if anyone has been through something similar and have any tips. I have already googled the problem and read about solutions, just wondering if there were any tricks.




Herschal
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re: Dog separation anxiety
Trazadone.

Cheap from vet clinics. Works well for my two labs.

ETA: lots of exercise seems to hell too.
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Will Cover
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re: Dog separation anxiety
Exercise, exercise and more exercise. Wear her arse out. She won’t care when you leave if she is exhausted.

Also, don’t say hello or goodbye when entering/exiting. It sounds cruel but that is how it works if you are the pack leader. After her anxiety level has calmed down, then you can greet her.

Lastly, aside from the physical exercise, try mental stimulation as well. A toy with a treat in it but she has to do xyz with toy in order to get treat out, etc. Practice obedience commands as well, this helps.
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re: Dog separation anxiety

Needs a pet rabbit.


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MobileJosh
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re: Dog separation anxiety
Simply put, dogs aren’t meant to live in crates and lay on couches. They need to be outside in their element. They’re dogs.


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No clue if it works. I just remember the informercials from years ago


Kim Jong Ir
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I was wondering if anyone has been through something similar and have any tips.


We adopted a rescue dog about 2 years ago. She was rescued from a shelter in Mamou where she had given birth to about 8 puppies on a concrete floor. She'd had a rough life to that point. She bonded with my wife immediately and would freak out whenever my wife left the house. I was worried it would continue, but it passed eventually as the dog began to feel comfortable that she was secure at home and all was well.
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Lester Earl
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re: Dog separation anxiety
Get another pup


mtntiger
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No clue if it works. I just remember the informercials from years ago


We got a Thundershirt for our chocolate lab when he was a pup. Left him for an hour or so. Came home and found it in pieces.

The only thing that worked was getting a 2nd dog. We tried everything else, including drugs.

If you go the 2nd dog route, though, get an older alpha dog. A puppy will just learn your dog's bad habits.


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Brisketeer
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re: Dog separation anxiety
The Thundershirt worked for my dog when it came to storms. I don’t know that it would help with separation anxiety though.


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luvdatigahs
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re: Dog separation anxiety
I wear her out before I leave for an extended time, usually a couple mile walk does the trick. I also use a Kong to keep her occupied. Just hoping she gets more comfortable and becomes used to staying home alone. Other than that she is a great pup, super low key, lazy, and sweet.


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re: Dog separation anxiety
My puppy did that, and I once had to sit outside my apartment for 3 hours waiting for her to stop before I'd go inside.


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Havoc
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Simply put, dogs aren’t meant to live in crates and lay on couches. They need to be outside in their element. They’re dogs.

Dogs are den animals. They live in their dens much of the time when they’re not hunting, eating or doing other dog thangs.


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Will Cover
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re: Dog separation anxiety
She will. Keep up the exercise until she just can’t go anymore. I’ve trained my dog to stay beside me as I ride my bike. I chose a bike because I don’t like running, plus she is too fast for me if I run. So the bike does the trick.

You can place a blanket over her kennel as well when leaving. Make her kennel inviting and never use her kennel as punishment. A Kong filled with peanut butter frozen is a good way to keep her stimulated as well.


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GeorgeTheGreek
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re: Dog separation anxiety
Aw Sunny, why the long face?


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GeorgeTheGreek
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re: Dog separation anxiety
I’ve heard they do work. Plus that dog looks happy so you know it works.


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Get another pup


Actually not a bad idea. Then it has company when you're not there.


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Swamp Angel
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re: Dog separation anxiety
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I put her in the crate when I leave


We used to put our dog, Boudreaux, in a crate when we left as well. He was miserable. I told my wife that I'd be damned if I ever crated him again once I saw how he hated it.

Once we put the crate away, he has been a wonderful pupper. He just hated being in jail all day for crimes he didn't commit. I suspect your pupper feels the same way.

Trust her, and let her have free roam of the house while you're gone. She'll have freedom, and you'll find a dawg waiting at the door for you with a wagging tail when you come home from work.
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Lester Earl
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re: Dog separation anxiety
It will be hard to wear out a breed like that, to the point where it stops that behavior.


Try leaving some soothing music on for her.


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Chris Farley
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re: Dog separation anxiety
As a few other posters said - exercise, tired dog is a good dog.

Give them something to occupy then for 5-10 minutes when you leave. I do a Kong with peanut butter.

Don’t make a scene of coming or going so it becomes less of a big deal to them. It’s not fun but when you get home, ignore it for a couple minutes before opening the crate.

Also try leaving and coming back for short periods(walk outside for 5 minutes) over and over to progress them along. They don’t have the same concept of time as humans so this works well.

ETA: Make the crate as cave-like as possible. Cover it with a blanket, put it into a dark corner. This makes them feel safe. Just don’t use it for punishment.
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