Everytime I leave he goes on the floor. i put up the water and food. I tried putting him in a crate but he peed in it and it got all over him. I need help or I might have to take him back to the shelter!!
One of my dogs, Argus, had this problem, and there is no easy answer. Don't scold her for going on the floor when you leave. She isn't being disobedient; she's terrified. Can you confine her to a room with a tile floor? When Argus was confined, she became self-injurious, so that approach didn't work for me, but it does work for some dogs. If you can confine her to a room with a tile floor, at least the mess will be easy to clean.
You may also want to talk to your vet about medicating her temporarily. Some dogs respond well to anti-anxiety meds.
Ultimately, what your dog needs most is time and patience. She needs you to come home to her day after day, month after month. Argus grew into a confident, well adjusted dog. She doesn't even blink when I leave home now because she knows she has a forever home and she trusts me not to abandon her.
Rescue remedy is an herbal approach to soothing and calming, works well for some, but not all.
Google separation anxiety. There is a ton of reading material, and varying answers that are along the same line. You eed to build confidence, and start from leaving for 5 minutes and returning to no accidents, or destruction and slowly working upwards to the amoutn of time you need to leacve the dog for. There isn't an overnight solution, but it can be worked on.
Justpuppy.. that's a marketing ploy. Short of picking up the dog and teachign it to go on the pads, the only attraction to them is destruction. Whatever pharamones are marketed to be in them, they don't do a thing.
I adopted him 2 weeks ago,hes 9 years old and has lots of medical issues. I'm 14 and cant afford anymore medication,I am paying for 5 medications right now and im saving up money to get him tested to see if hes diabetic. When i leave I put him in the garage but he still goes in there.I am home all day because i am homeschooled even if i leave for a half hour he will go.
this doesn'r sound like sep anx. sep anx. forms itself in chewing and barking, digging. this is what sometimes happens to shelter dogs. they live in a kennel where therre only option is to pee and pooh in the kennel. so they regress in potty training. what i suggest is going back to potty training. there is good news, dogs whom have been potty trained usually catch on quickly. also, this makes me suspicous on the former owner whom may have scolded the dog for going in th house. the dog then related that it was safe to poop in the house when the owner was gone. but not while present. crate the dog when you leave. and let it out immediatly to go outside whe you return. if a few days go by and the dog is not back on track. i would suspect a medical problem.
okay, is the crate just big enough for him. if he can lay onside or the other it is to big.
next follow mafias advice. put the dog in the crate. then let the dog out. immediatly. do this a few times. then start leaving. for maybe 30 sec. then a minute keeping increasing time. this will help the dog learn you always come back. when you do leave. leave a radio on with some mellow music. do not make your entraces and exits emotional. and get a kong. put some peanut butter in it. give the dog the kong before you leave. leave quietly.
if you left for 5 seconds and the dog peed, than you need to back up, and don't leave. just put the dog in the crate and praise, do not even shut the door. you have to do this over a period of a couple of weeks. from just putting the dog in the crate, then to shutting the door, then leaving, then leaving for a long time. I feel your pain, at this point you have 2 options. to either keep trying, and relax, dog poop on the floor is not the worst thing that will happen to you in this life. i mean that not to be mean but to put things in prospective. take it easy, breathe. all this anxiety, the dog can sense. be more playful about the whole thing. oops that diid not work, try something else. i train dogs, this is my passion and my life. your second option, which i hope you do not choose. is to give in. and take the dog back. now when i first started on dogs. i had the same problems you did, eveyproblem i tried to fix, it did not seem to work, but i stuck with it and i tried hard. and now i am pretty good trainer. many peole on this forum have watched me grow up as trainer. and this dog needs you, that's no doubt. you'll get this if you stick with it. be patient, be creative, and have fun with your dog. a year from now. you will have for sure mastered this problem. and your dog and you will be happier. this is how great bonds between human and dog develops.