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Q: Separation anxiety

May 7, 2008 | By Heather R. | 11 answers | Expired: 2254 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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patty
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May 09, 2008

I don't have a dog but others I know who have had to crate the dog as it would freakwhen they went out have left a tv or radio on while gone. Some will even call and talk to the pet via an answering machine. Anything is worth a try. And yes part of your problem may be she had been returned to the shelter numerous times. It will take time but eventually she'll realize she's ok

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DebbieKelley
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May 09, 2008

I do not think I am necessarily "quick" to say "everything" is inhumane. I do not think you are a bad, or inhumane person at all. You gave very little information, and what you did give - "eaten her way out of numerous cages" - "looking for a cage with smaller than 1-inch holes" - "when we both have to work". Well, I could only go off that little information, and I am always truthful. I have never heard of a dog eating her way out of numerous cages, and that would certainly tell me that, no matter what the reason, the dog is quite upset in the cage. "Work" suggests a job, which is usually about 10 hours, counting driving time - didn't know it was part-time. And the cage with smaller than 1-inch holes, I do think that is a claustrophibic place for a dog to be for even 5 or 6 hours at a time, and the ventillation would also concern me greatly. Dogs can't sweat, as we know. If she gets real worked up, and it sounds like she sure does, and there isn't much air flow - well....... You said you were looking for a litle help - but all you asked was, where to purchase a crate with smaller than 1-inch holes. I am not on here to offend anyone, or make anyone mad. I guess I do think differently than many people. To be honest, I guess I DON'T think a dog should be crated in a cage with smaller than 1-inch holes with only enough room to turn around and lay down for 5-6 hours at a time when it is clearly frantic, by your own description of previous behavior. I guess people do that. I guess maybe this isn't the place for me, and maybe I should stick with Pet Wars.

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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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Gracie6351
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May 08, 2008

Have you tried PetSmart, Petco, or Soldans they all care a wide variety of cages. Also I would like to say that I too have a dog and when she was younger she was crated. I do not think it is inhuman. It was a way to keep her out of trouble while we were away from home and unable to take her with us. With out the crate she would have destroyed the house. I think that Marta's idea is an excellent one!

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DebbieKelley
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May 08, 2008

I'm wondering how long the dog is kept in the crate, and what size the crate is in comparison to the dog, and, quite honestly, if you're looking for a crate with holes smaller than one inch to put her in for extended periods of time, I think that's inhumane. Ventillation is just one of the issues. Animals are different and have different needs. Not all animals are right in every situation. I am just being honest. It's hard to help with such little information. I do really hope this dog isn't frantically sitting in a cage with smaller than one inch holes, trying to chew her way out, for 8 or 9 hours at a time, though. That's not what I would describe as a quality life.

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Carrie R.
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May 08, 2008

While I don't know all the details obviously, have you considered another pet as a companion to her?

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Courtney
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May 07, 2008

I agree with another one of the comments here...start with a trainer's consultation.

How long is the dog alone? If you are gone long periods of time, have you considered doggie day camp? It might give your dog the exercise, attention and outlet that she needs.

If you're looking for a crate with openings smaller than one inch...consider the issue of ventilation. If there are small openings, will your dog have enough ventilation while you're out, at work, etc.? Your dog could get hot (or more stressed) without enough ventilation in the crate while you're gone. Instead, you might look for a crate with more durable construction where your dog can stay for short periods of time when you are gone.

But definitely...check with trainers and doggie day camp!

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T

May 07, 2008

You do not say whether or not you leave a TV on or music playing, some kind of distraction, etc. Also, do you put her favorite blankie in with her or any of her toys? My dogs begin to pout when they see me put on shoes other than my "taking them out shoes"! Why do you cage her? Is that really necessary? That may be a big part of her anxiety! Knowing when you leave, she gets "punished" with the cage! Just some thoughts!

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Lauren D.
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May 07, 2008

Pheremone sprays can help, also have you tried putting a big cuddly blanket & toys in the cage w/ her? A long walk or jog before he leaves can really help as well, if she's tired enough and he doesn't make a big deal about leaving, she won't have the energy to try to eat through the cage.

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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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