I could sure use some advice. I have a 7 yr old lab that has one problem we can not fix, that is seperation anxioty (sorry for bad spelling). Whenever we leave i have to close all the bathroom doors and laundry room and make sure the garabage from under the kitchen sink is outside otherwise she makes a big mess and gets into everything! even paper towels and toilet paper. I am afraid she will eat something she should not and get very ill. She is a food freak and nothing will get in her way!!!! she only does these things when noone is home. We have tried crating her but she just breaks out, she has bent and broke many crates!! When i lock her in a room she scratches the doors really bad. I have a training collar for her but i would have to catch her in the act and she only does naughty things when we are not home. HELP!!!!! Please
I guess you could hire a sitter. We used to get one when Sophie was left at home. We left her for the first time alone on Saturday for a couple hours. We put her on our back porch. She did ok, but I wouldn't want to leave her any longer than that. She is a food stealer too! Will get in the trash or put something in her mouth that might hurt her. She destroys toilet paper and paper towels if she has a chance.
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Are you able to talk to a vet behaviourist who may be able to help? Has the dog always been like this or is this new (or is this dog new to you?). in some cases there are meds you can give a dog to relax if nothing else worse.
assuming this dog gets enough daily exercise and training, there are also calming things you can do (scents, lighting, sounds, etc) that sometimes help.
ETA: just wanted to add - if this is truly separation anxiety this is not about ad go being "naughty" - this is a health issue that they cannot stop themselves.
Last edited by Tanya; 11-14-2011 at 05:44 PM.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
how much exercise is this dog getting any other time?
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My labrador has SA as well. He does so much better when he is with another dog. But when left alone in the house I always come home to a disaster. I am lucky though because he does very well in a crate. Now I can leave him and my other big dog alone together and they do good. I really don't have any advice, I just wanted to let you know you aren't alone. I hope you can find a good solution.
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