Hello everyone, This is not my first time on this forum. A few years back when I lost my dog to cancer, everyone was so supportive that I thought I’d reach out again for some advice: My 6 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback came to me as a rescue. She was abused and is very shy and sensitive but I would not trade her for anything. She is now the love of my life and goes almost everywhere with me. My issue is that whenever I leave her alone, at home or in my office at work, she urinates on the carpet in many spots. She is house broken and will even wake me in the middle of the night to go outside. How can I get her over the fact that I am not leaving her and will return? Any suggestions or thoughts would be much appreciated. Pucman
First off, bless you for rescuing a dog. I foster for a rescue and nothing is more rewarding than helping a dog through a rough time, and seeing them go to loving forever homes. As far as the potty issue, you may have to crate her at the times that she will be alone. Put a peanut butter filled kong toy in with her so she has something to occupy her time. try it for a couple of weeks and then see how she does when left alone. If she was abused, she may have seperation anxiety which should pass once she realizes that you will always come back for her.
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I agree with Dusty but be prepared for the long haul. A dog with a complex sometimes takes love, patience, understanidg, and a lot, I mean a lot of time. This may not be something that resolves soon. Good luck.
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