We got a new dog and she has separation anxiety. We already have a dog and he is fine. When we leave and come back the walls are torn and pieces of floor are everywhere. What do we do? My parents want me to see if I could find answers. I am 14 years old and need answers. What do I do? What will make her stop having separation anxiety?
Se is afraid of cages because she used to be abandoned.
Crates are VERY helpful for separation anxiety. It instinctively reminds most dogs of a natural den. If the dog is young, it may help to put a ticking clock by the crate when you put her in it. This will remind the dog of its mother’s heartbeat, and can help keep her calm. A chew toy is also a good thing to give a dog when you leave.
If she seems panicky when you start preparing to leave the house (putting on coats, grabbing keys etc.), do these things randomly when you’re not actually leaving. This will put her mind at ease concerning these actions. Try to leave her for short periods of time (maybe 10-15 minutes) sporadically and then come back. If she barks and goes crazy when you return, ignore her until she is quiet. Keep practicing this, and increasing the amount of time that you leave her. Slowly, she will realize that you leaving is not that big of a deal. However, if the problem persists over time, I would talk to your vet about some solutions. Some dogs have to take medication or vitamins (such as melatonin) to keep their anxiety down.
by: Sarah S
on: 29th January 12