Separation Anxiety in Dog
April 8, 2012 5:46 PM Subscribe
What can I do about extreme separation anxiety in my very loving dog?
posted by july1baby to Pets & Animals (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 5 year old lab mix dog that I fostered for a rescue group and subsequently adopted. She was very sick when I got her and I nursed her back to health. When she was well I adopted her and fell in love with her vowing not to give up on her...ever. She's a very loving dog...when I'm home. I work at home but when I have to go out more times than not she destroys things when I'm gone.
She can open cabinet doors, pull books off of shelves and out of baskets, and she's escaped out of her wire crate on three separate occasions. I have another well-behaved senior lab at home so she's not the only dog. She has extreme anxiety when I've put her in the crate so it's no longer an option. I've baby-proofed the house, covered things up, put latches on cabinets, gave her an article of my clothing to keep her company, etc. She still gets into things -- beneath blankets, up onto tables, places where I wouldn't expect her to go. Once she even chewed through a heating pad cord that thankfully wasn't plugged in. I've tried a variety of homeopathic productions including Rescue Remedy and Comfort Zone. None of them have helped at all. I've tried exercise with runs and hikes and it makes no difference. When I do go out she's never alone for more than 2-4 hours at a time.
I have reached the end of my ideas of what to try. The only thing left that I can think to do is to take her to the vet and get her anti-anxiety drugs. Thoughts?