Hi everyone. I'm new to this whole concept! I adopted an adult bloodhound a week ago and he seems to be suffering from extreme separation anxiety. He doesn't want to go in his crate (at all), he pees every time he is in it, he has busted out of it 3 times (boy, is he strong) and he tears anything that's in it up.
He escaped today by climbing up mattresses leaning against a wall, broke my garage window off it's hinges and jumped through the window!!!!
Does anyone have any ideas? I'm new at the dog thing and, as luck would have it, adopted a panic-filled lug.
He wants to be around us all the time and when we are together, he is great. No chewing, no licking, no jumping.....
Hi! Sounds like you're really having a difficult time. There are medications that you can put him on that will help with separation anxiety. One is called Clomicalm, the other is called Reconcile. You can ask your vet about them. But, you will also need to do some behavior modification with him. Finding a good animal behaviorist in your area to work with you would be a good idea and your vet may know of some in your area. Using the medication plus behavior modification may allow you to eventually wean him off the medication. One thing you can start doing now is down playing your coming and going. Do not talk to him for at least 20 minutes prior to leaving the house and 20 minutes after arriving at home. Once you get home when he is in a calm state then you can greet him. But don't even talk to him for at least 20 minutes after you get home. Start doing this and talk to your vet! Good luck with him. This is not an easy problem to solve, so if you think its too big for you, talk to the rescue about re-homing him with someone who is more experienced. Instill confidence in him by being a calm, confident leader with basic obedience training too. You can probably find some good classes in your area for that too. Read Caesar Milan's book, watch his videos. Another trainer I like is Tamar Guellar. Good luck!