Dogs with separation anxiety

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    shdws Well-Known Member

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    I was reading an interesting article on dogs with separation anxiety. As I read, I realized my dog might have mild separation anxiety. There is a short list along with the article on do's and dont's for separation anxiety. I'll share it here with you.

    Separation Anxiety
    DO’s and DON’Ts


    DON’T make a fuss over your comings and goings.
    DO vary your exit routine.
    DON’T reprimand your dog for anxiety-induced misdeeds.
    DO consider an ID collar and microchip if your dog is likely to escape.
    DO record a video of your dog’s behavior to aid your vet in diagnosis.
    DO consider a DAP diffuser.
    DON’T get a new dog. This can only complicate the hyper-attachment problem.
    DO work closely with your veterinarian. He or she is your best ally!
    DON’T expect a quick fix. Behavior modification takes time, but it works!
     
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    haopee Well-Known Member

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    So this where you read about the DAP diffuser...

    Another trick you could consider is desensitizing him to the event or to condition him to enjoy his own "me" time. The crate is a great training tool in teaching a dog to understand "me" time.

    Another trick you could use is to make him understand that you will come back and give him rewards for being properly behaved.

    What you do is to leave the house for 1 minute and come back and reward him for good behavior- gradually increasing the time you leave the house while enforcing good behavior for not going crazy,
     
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    shdws Well-Known Member

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    Great advice hoapee. Have you tried with before? If you have, did you get good results? My dog seems to go nuts when I put him in his kennel. I'm hoping to find a solution.
     
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    Fortunately my Homer lets me leave the house whenever I want - actually, he is happy when I'm leaving:eek: . He just knows he is going to get a treat:) . I always have a little something for him when I'm saying goodbye - it can be a piece of a bread of a carrot.
     
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    This is all some good advice. I know that my dogs have had cases of separation anxiety in the past. I remember Rocky being deeply affected when my brother (whom he loved a great deal) ended up in the hospital for quite some time. My mother tried to take care of Rocky but he still missed my brother very much. I laugh at people who claim that dogs don't have feelings or understand things such as people going away. I got news for them dogs do understand all too well what is going on, and they will miss that person deeply. Especially if that person is gone longer then the dog is use to them being gone in the past.
     
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    shdws Well-Known Member

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    That's a great example of how a dog experiences similar emotions to us humans. I think dog's are far more complex than we give them credit for.
     
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    haopee Well-Known Member

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    If you are pertaining to the DAP diffuser, I haven't. I have just read about it. It's like the Thundershirt. It works for other dogs while it doesn't for others.

    Maybe your dog doesn't understand the concept of a kennel reason why he doesn't like it there. If you're having difficulty in training, you could also use toys where you can place treats in it.

    Kongs is a known brand for those. All you have to do is stuff the toy with treats or dog kibble and if he's a food driven dog, he will definitely get preoccupied with these toys.
     
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    Great suggestion! I had never heard of Kongs, I looked it up and they have a large variety of toys. I think I will give this a try.
     
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    I've been giving Mishka Dental Stix when I leave her home alone outside.
    We call them stay at home sticks and are given to her just before driving off.
     
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    haopee Well-Known Member

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    You're welcome. Just in case you want to look for toys to buy for your dog, try to avoid the wooden ones especially if your dog is a medium to large breed.

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    I got my terrier dog one of these and she ate up the entire wooden toy and left the treats because she wasn't interested in dog kibbles in the first place. LOL
     
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    Wow she ate the wooden toy? Now that's what I call an appetite lol. Yeah my dog is medium size dog, so he may want to eat those also.
     
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    My dog has SEVERE seperation anxiety. It's getting better, but we've had him for 3 years now and it's still not perfect.
     
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    They came from the same company as the one above.. I think.

    LOL, this is how Peanuts loves her dog toys. And just so you know, we did send this wooden bone to toy heaven.

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    The white one is Peanuts. She's a tall white terrier with long legs and a slim body... like a greyhound.
     
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    You can teach your dog that when you leave you always come back. This will help make the experience bearable for him since he knows that you are not leaving permanently. You can leave him alone for 5 to 10 minutes to begin with. You can then gradually increase the time that you leave him alone. When you leave give him a chew toy that he enjoys. Some experts also recommend you leave the TV or radio on. Be calm when you leave and don't feed his anxiety by being in a panic yourself.
     
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    I think some dogs can get or understand the situation or get used on it.
    Our recent dog used to destroy something like paper when left alone. But as time goes on, he did not do it and just wait somebody to come home.
     
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    Leaving the TV on sounds like a really good idea! My friend's dog hates being alone, so she always turns on TV when she has to leave him at home. When he hears voices, it calms him down:)
     
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    We got a thunder shirt for our one little neurotic pup and it seems to help, it also helps if we leave the TV on, since it is on most of the day. And it seems like they think if we leave it on, we'll just be right back.
     
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    claudine Well-Known Member

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    What is a thunder shirt? I've never heard of it before. Could you tell us more about it? Is it a special shirt that somehow makes dogs feel safe? How does it work? It sounds really interesting!
     
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    One of my dogs started peeing in the house again after being potty trained for 6 years. It started once my daughter (her mommy) started school a few weeks ago. We think it's separation anxiety, but what are some possible things to try?
     
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