No one seems to be too interested as far as separation anxiety goes. My bulldog suffers and I started him on this natural "alone at home" medicine. Has anyone else used this kind of medicine? Or their dogs have this problem? I am at such a loss....
What kind of symptoms does a dog show when theyare suffering from seperation anxiety? I am not sure if my dogs do. I know for sure my older dogs do not, but Lucy may. She has to constantly be with me. I don't mind it! I have noticed that whenI leave her with my husband she will wait by the door until I come., which has been a couple of hours. She usually does fall asleep though. I guess it is normal!
Separation Anxiety is when they exibit completely different behavior when left alone. Like he is a sweet, obedient, calm, houstrained dog normally. When I leave him, he shreds things up pees on everything (and #2) and becomes very destructive. It is very frustrating to deal with. So today was the first time I was giving him this stuff. Hopefully it works.
chesterpep, I would try it you never know it just may work. My dog's usually just sleep while I am gone , so I guess that is normal. Well, Good luck let us know if it works. What is this herbal remedy called?
My dog has separation anxiety. We don't give her anything. Confining her to one room and removing any tempting items (for which to destroy) seems to work for her. Also, we leave some music on for her. I do plan to try Rescue Remedy with her. If it works I figure we can use that on her when we leave town. She gets very upset if we leave her with friends.
I used Butler's Dog AntiAnxiety pheromones for Angel in the aresol form (plug in like an air freshner). Adding one of my tee shirts (NOT washed) in her crate and left the stero on for "company". This combination did the trick within about 48 hours. I did not make a big deal over leaveing, put her in the crate about 30-45 minutes BEFORE I left, then waited when I got home for another 30-45 minutes to let her out without making any fuss over the fact that I was now home or acting as if I was there to "save" her. Never had to refill the Butler's in the past 2 years so, for her, it worked wonderfully well. She HAD eaten a loveseat, knocked over the tv, chewed through electric cords (unplugged of course), ate throw pillows and then tore her muzzle and nose to sherds when crated. BIG time problem, amazing results. I think she now prefers having the run of the house to herself, especially when we take Beau and leave her (sometimes it's the other way around). She feels a bit like me..."we ALWAYS have folks in and out of here, it's nice to have quiet time all to oneself every now and then"~grin
In truth, a LARGE part of the success I had was in training, you are right on the money there. The Butler's just made it a bit easier to do the training. I had to work up to the extended crate time over a few days and had to train MYSELF to let her stay in there when I was home and NOT to make a fuss when I left or returned. We all tend to think that it's reassuring to the pups to tell them "mommy's leaving now, but I'll be home soon. be a good puppy and watch the house until I get home..." you know what I mean. The when we get in, we want to set them free and have them make a fuss about us! It was hard following that, ok, you go lie down in your crate now...go about my morning routine and then leave and follow the same pattern when I got home with those big eyes watching my every move. It paid off in short order, but yup...training...mostly ME~ lol
I've found that it was a combination of things that helped my dog become more comfortable on his own. For us, at least, there wasn't any one thing that "did the trick." We used a combination of behavior modification techniques, distractions to keep him busy, comfort items and homeopathic remedies. It took a loooooong time, but he's definitely less anxious when left alone now.
Curious observation: He definitely becomes more anxious when we all leave at once than if we all leave separately. Although, in either case, he's ultimately left alone.