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Old 12-10-2012, 09:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Separation Anxiety?

My Boxer has seemed to develop a decent case of Separation Anxiety over the last few months, he's still young, just a bit over a year, but he started scratching a pretty big chunk out of the door and whining more when we leave as of late.

Any way of fixing this?
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you leave him with anything? My boy has separation anxiety and whenever we leave him alone, he gets a black kong that is filled with kibble and water and frozen, as well as a kong wobbler filled with kibble.

I also nonchalantly leave and nonchalantly return. I dont say goodbye, or greet him all excitedly. I act like it is no big that we come and go. I also make sure he has had a good bout of exercise prior to being alone. He is physically worn out. Then he eats, and next comes sleep, and he ends up being fine
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We always leave him with his "bird" the squeaky angry bird to be exact.

I think my wife could be an issue for the 2nd part, it's not a huge issue, but I also don't want it becoming a huge issue.

I need to make sure we are much more calm coming back, etc.

Thank you for the response, that would make sense!
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have never had a problem with this when I leave pups and young dogs are crated, adult dogs have the radio on plus hurly bone & now a elk antler. i always tell them to watch the house I do not make a big deal out of leaving or coming back.
Some I have seen they go out the door return, each time they go out the make the time out a little longer I believe that was on Victoria Secret ? Good Luck hope things will get better for you.
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i think im having this problem, with Caesar he sleeps fine if im in, if i leave him at home with my mum he is fine 8/10 times! The other 2 he is relentless, he is happy to go in his cage for either of us, last night i tried leaving out the back door in the hope if he didnt notice he would be quiet! Instead he just barked relentlessly. i put him in his cage and gave him a treat before i left which we do everytime but last night was one of his nights, i work nights and once he is aware or decides its time to go crazy he does, never does it when im in the house, anyone would think that my mum was terrorising him, she says he just barks endlessly
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Do you leave him with anything? My boy has separation anxiety and whenever we leave him alone, he gets a black kong that is filled with kibble and water and frozen, as well as a kong wobbler filled with kibble.

I also nonchalantly leave and nonchalantly return. I dont say goodbye, or greet him all excitedly. I act like it is no big that we come and go. I also make sure he has had a good bout of exercise prior to being alone. He is physically worn out. Then he eats, and next comes sleep, and he ends up being fine
ive read about not giving too much attention initally, ive been doing that since day one anyway, i think i am going to spend the day coming in and out
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Could you let him sleep in your bedroom.
It's not a fix but he may be happier.
Or even in his crate in your mothers room ?


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I have never had a problem with this when I leave pups and young dogs are crated, adult dogs have the radio on plus hurly bone & now a elk antler. i always tell them to watch the house I do not make a big deal out of leaving or coming back.
Some I have seen they go out the door return, each time they go out the make the time out a little longer I believe that was on Victoria Secret ? Good Luck hope things will get better for you.
I agree with all you mention, Patches Mom - radio on, leave good chewies when I leave, leave without a word and come back and wait until they are calm to give attention.

I've also read about the go out, come back when they're quiet for short times. I wonder if that was on Victoria Stillwell? I usually go to Victoria's Secret for things other than dog training... LOL...



Exercise, especially for pups is very important before leaving them, in my experience. Give something reallly yummy right when you leave and don't need to say anything when you go.

You could also practice having him away from you when you're home for short periods of time, again with something really good as a distraction.

One other suggestion is using Rescue Remedy. It's a flower essence and doesn't drug them up or get rid of full-blown anxiety, but can help take the edge off a little bit. You can get it at a natural food store or online.
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I way have more experience with separation anxiety than I wish to have. It is not something that will go away on its own and it will never fully be cured. Google separation behavior modifications and start there. Some of the things mentioned above are included in that. Ignore 10-15 minutes before leaving the house and 10-15 mins when coming home. No "Oh bye baby" or "HIIII I missed you!" TV or radio on might help. Light on if its dark may help. Special toys that only come out when you leave. A kong that's filled with frozen peanut butter or something along those lines. Also, a complete vet check never hurts just to rule out some sort of medical issue that is just popping up in a goofy way. Also, desensitization is key. Make the actions involved in leaving be no big deal so your pup doesn't start to get worked up. Put your coat on and then sit down. Pick up your keys and carry them around the house for 10 minutes. Anything that signals you are about to leave needs to become no big deal. Eventually, start working up the time you leave. Leave for 3 minutes. Come back. Leave for 15 minutes. Etc. Also, make sure the pup goes out right before you leave so that they don't have any anxiety about trying to hold it while your gone. Also, a tired pup is a happy pup! This isn't an overnight fix but if you stick to it you should see results.

We went through severe SA with one of our retired greyhounds. It started with peeing occasionally and then chewing and quickly escalated into hell. I could not leave the house for 10 minutes without her peeing/pooping in her crate and then rolling in it, whining, hurting herself on the crate, etc. Hopefully, for you, behavior modification will be enough. For us it wasn't. We tried EVERYTHING. Anxiety shirts, essential oils, calming pheromones, lights on, lights off, radio on, radio off, in the crate, out of the crate, muzzle on, muzzle off, kongs, no kongs, melatonin and benadryl. We had to add a drug from the vet, Reconcile. An 8 week course of that in combination with behavior modification finally worked. The behavior modification is a life time change, though. Not that it really takes and work.

It sounds like you caught this early and have a young pup so you should be able to fix this with the behavior approach. Feel free to PM me if you need more information!
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