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Q: Separation anxiety

May 7, 2008 | By Heather R. | 11 answers | Expired: 2324 days ago

Heather R.

My dads dog has seperation anxiety and she has eaten her way out of numerous cages. We had her on doggy prozak and that did not help. But we do have one cage that she cannot get out of when we both have to work. So does anyone know where to purchase the cages that the bars create squres that are smaler then one inch?

Well since everyone want more info the crate is a wire cage and the entire cage gives her venelation. She is only crated when my dad goes to his part time job usually no more than 5-6 hours. We did not crate her at first and she jumped through a window tried to eat a door knob and pees all over. The crate is really quite large she can stand up turn around and have plenty of room to lay down. She has been through training and is great when he is home but it does not matter if we leave for 30 minutes or 5 hours she still goes crazy he can't even go in the gas station and leave her even if someone else is with her in the car or she gets very anxious. We do not use the crate for punishment and when he is home she will lay in the crate and chew on a bone without any issues. I have ordered the pheromone spray to see if that would help. Futhermore she gets about two hours of run time in the yard before he goes to work to help get her run off energy.

I just have to say people are quick to say everything is inhumane when all you want to do is help the dog maybe next you will say to take her back to the shelter for the fourth time instead of asking for help. I was just looking for a little help thanks for all those that helped and get a life to all those that just want to talk about how everything is inhumane.

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Marta J.
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May 07, 2008

Dogs don't have a real understanding of time. An hour, five minutes or all day. When you leave it's all the same to them. One thing you can try is to go out the door with NO talking to the dog. Leave for 2 - 3 minutes. Come back in and say NOTHING to the dog. Do this for an hour or longer. The next day increase the time your gone to 5 - 10 minutes. Keep doing it as long as you can. It's not easy, but usually works. The no talking is important, because your not making a issue about leaving. When you get the time increased enough you should see some improvement.Make sure you leave something for her to do, like something to chew on. Good luck.

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Jill R.
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May 07, 2008

Foster and smith have a good assortment of cages. You may also benefit with some behavioral counseling for her.

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Petpal110
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May 08, 2008

Does this dog, by any chance, have any other odd behaviors occuring such as excessive begging for food? I'm just asking because my Tinker developed some separation anxiety (started chewing things up through the house, fighting with my other dogs, etc.) when he developed a stomach ulcer. He also panted excessively and wanted to go in and out, in and out until he had me nearly nuts! Once the ulcers were treated he went right back to his normal, fairly laid back self.

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