June 9, 2014 8:25 PM Subscribe
Yesterday my boyfriend and I adopted a loving, sweet, mostly well-behaved rescue hound (Basset/Beagle cross). He doesn't want to let us out of his sight, and definitely
doesn't want us to leave the house. We know about long-term separation anxiety training, but what do we do in the short-term so we can actually leave the house together once in a while?
posted by Bluestocking_Puppet to Pets & Animals (17 answers total)
The problem is partly: barking. As soon as the front door shuts, this fella barks nonstop. And he's got a really loud bark, because he's a hound. We live in a detached home and you can hear the bark from across the street. We've purchased a bark collar, but haven't tried it on him yet.
The problem is also: extreme generalized anxiety. Our pal is ostensibly crate trained: happy to hang out in his crate with the door latched when we're all home. But we're worried that his extreme anxiety (he was so happy when we came home from a 10 minute test run today that he continued to whine for 5-10 minutes, and his tail wagged so hard that his rump thwacked the sides of the crate. We took him out of the crate when he was settled) might cause him to hurt himself within the crate. We're renters and have been warned that pet stains will not be appreciated. He's also already peed inside three times today. So, we need him to be crated right now. But we've heard horror stories of anxious dogs seriously injuring themselves trying to escape from crates. I'm worried about the combination of crate and bark collar. Could this aggravate his anxiety and make things worse?
I've owned hounds before, but never with this level of anxiety. Granted, the poor guy has seen a lot of change in the last 24 hours and is, of course, freaking. What should we do, in the short term, about this? We're supposed to co-teach a course but can't see ourselves being able to go out together anytime soon.