I have an 11 month old German Shepherd mix, and he displays a pretty outstanding case of separation anxiety. If I leave him unconfined for even ten minutes, I can expect to come back to find some part of my home gobbled up into bits or shredded up.
I crate him at night and when I leave the house (I'm an at-home mom so I don't ever go far) and I'm wondering if anyone here has had any personal experiences with their own pets with this sort of anxiety, and if you have any creative ways to help alleviate his fears on top of what I'm already doing.
I've sifted through a lot of previous threads and let me just say real quick that I'm just here looking for some advice-I have a lot of questions- and not to be flamed or picked apart by folks, so if you have some suggestions that can allow me to help him feel a bit more secure, I'm all ears.
I have a 1 year old shihtzu and toy poodle mix, for 6 months of her life.. she was the only pet. When I would leave, even for a few minutes.. she would tear up -everything-. The carpet in front of my door, is pretty much nonexistant. My door is torn to shreds. About 6 months ago, I got a shihtzu puppy. Every since, she has displayed no signs of this. If you have the means, and ability to take care of another dog... that would be my suggestion.
With him being 11 months old it might not even be separation anxiety. Some dogs just like to tear up stuff. Especially when they are that young. I had to crate my husky until she was about a year and 1/2 old or she was very destructive when I was not home. She is a little over 2 now and can stay in the house with no incident.
Lorrix, I am by no means an expert, but I would continue with crate training and as your dog matures try leaving him out a few minutes at a time and see what happens. Some dogs will become just fine at being left alone and others....well, I had a Brittany Spaniel that had this anxixety for her entire 15 years. And she had a companion that was just fine, but the Brit, well that was a different story.
So good luck with your task.
***Edited By: irishacres on 11/14/2006 2:23:31 PM*** Reason: forgot to state Brit had companion dog
i had a golden mix who suffered from seperation anxiety. he always lived in a multi dog household, so having another dog around may or may not help. i have heard of it helping, just wasnt the case with my guy. there is a ton of info out on the net about it, along with various different drugs out there to help with it.
it is possible tho that he is not suffering from separation anxiety and is still just a baby. my moms gsd still chews up stuff when he is left alone and becomes bored. not all the time but occasionally. he especially enjoys ripping up fabrics, like clothes or blankets that are left in or around his crate.
Hi I just joined and thought that this is a topic I could use. We have a 2 yr old husky. Great dog till we leave. We have had her about 7 weeks for the first 5 or 6 weeks she was great when we were out. Then came the disaster she ate the window in the front room and the chair. Then we got a kennel she got out and ate the window in the office and the carpet. She hates the kennel and hates it when we are gone. I have tried all kinds of things and am hoping someone can HELP PLEASE. The vet says it could be lack of confidence??
Hi I just joined and thought that this is a topic I could use. We have a 2 yr old husky. Great dog till we leave. We have had her about 7 weeks for the first 5 or 6 weeks she was great when we were out. Then came the disaster she ate the window in the front room and the chair. Then we got a kennel she got out and ate the window in the office and the carpet. She hates the kennel and hates it when we are gone. I have tried all kinds of things and am hoping someone can HELP PLEASE. The vet says it could be lack of confidence?? He said to read the dog whispers book. If anyone has any other ideas that would be great. Have a great day.
For the GSD - I would have to say keep on crating. My girls were about 18 months or older, before they quit destroying things.
For the Sibes - My white husky (Raja) can get out of any crate that is meant to collapse. She chewed her way out of an airline crate. The only one we've been able to keep her in is a Bargain Hound wire crate with the four corner posts that have to be pulled all the way out to collapse the crate. Did I mention we had to put a steel plate in the bottom of the crate? She shredded the plastic pan and part of the linoleum floor under the crate. She does fine now and really likes her black Kong. Now Romi (my grey and white) does fine in a crate, however this one has some allergies. Chicken is one. She also seems to be allergic to being left alone (even with two other dogs). She doesn't destroy anything but herself. She will chew and scratch herself bloody. We're trying to work on this anxiety without too much medication (for her or us). She's fine as long as I'm in the room. Riki (my red and white) has no anxiety problems that we can see, although she has been known to become a husky blanket if she thinks you haven't been home enough, :)
ohhh huskies...cooper has got the howl!! he is fine and silent unless he's alone. he suffers from SA, but we have made strides! when we first got him, he would throw a tantrum if he was in his crate and we were in a different room- even if he could see us! now we can leave him in and he'll be quiet so long as he knows we are here. i would love to work with him on being home alone, but that would mean much barking/howling and our neighbors are at their witts end. we have put him in day care and he loves that.
if you have your own place, i'd suggest continuing the crate training/ maybe breaking up the work day with 1/2 day of daycare. petsmart has a wonderful thing called "doggie daycamp".
I'm more inclined to believe that it's a separation issue.
He's a rescue that we just adopted last week, and from what I can tell by sifting through his paperwork, he was originally from some field in eastern Washington, and my guess is that he spent a lot of time there by himself. He was surrendered to the shelter at 8 months and then adopted by a couple who had another dog close to his age, but they worked and were often out of the house for up to 12 hours a day, and when they left, both dogs ripped their house up...so they kept him for 2.5 months and then surrendered him again.
He also has fear and confidence issues, he's scared of everything and everyone, like a deer in headlights, it just breaks my heart. He's afraid to play with his toys-he'll bat a tennis ball around but then if he sees you watching him he cowers and heads over to the kitchen table to hide. I don't know if he's jut not socialized or if he was abused or what, but he's terrified of my husband and my 7 year old son, although my son has been doing some doggy butt kissing with treats and brushing and he's *slowly* coming around.
He's a real sweetheart, knows his basic commands and is housebroken, and he doesn't let me out of his sight, although the chances of him ever protecting me from anything are pretty slim since my 5 pound Papillon pretty much owns him.
Anyway, I left him in our bathroom to go check the mail and came back to my carpet ripped up (woot!! wanted to get rid of it anyway) and the trim around my door gnawed apart....and I could hear him barking and crying halfway back from the mailbox, hehe.
So, we took him to the vet who's first suggestion was to medicate him, but I opted to try a crate first. He's been in a crate now for 3 nights and as much as I've tried to make it a positive experience, he really really hates it. A lot---and cries and barks for most of the night, which hasn't been very fun but I'm really hoping that he'll grow to accept it with time.
I just hope that I can get him over some of his issues, because I think he's worth it. I'm just hoping that, at 11 months, that he's not too old to learn trust and love.
Compared to all of my other rescues he's going to be the most challenging, so I'm open to any more suggestions.
Romi is pretty much the same way. Won't go near my dh unless he's in bed or has food. Then he might get to pet her. Strange thing is she'll follow him around. She was 5 months old when we got her and celebrated her 2nd birthday last week. She has come around quite a bit, but mostly with me. Doesn't really play, but will try and get you to play chase in the backyard. Romi came from a breeder and to my knowledge has never been hit, but she sure acts like it. When we first brought her home, if you glanced at her the wrong way she would tear off away from you, and heaven help anything in her way because it went flying. I just keep trying to reassure her. I know we're currently going through back slide with her house training. We haven't had any accidents in about a year and all of the sudden she won't ask to go out if we are asleep. She was so good at it. She would sit at the end of the bed and bark. Just once or twice and one of us would get up and take/let her out. The past few weeks she seems to have forgotten about barking. So up goes the crate to the bedroom. She'll be fine for several days and then one night leave us a pile by the door. Not fun to wake up to. I'll miss her sleeping on my feet, but she won't be far away.