Hello! We adopted a dog about 18 months ago (a black lab mix, 10 years old) to be a playmate/companion for our younger dog (basenji mix). His name is Mike Jones. I love this dog, but in the last 5 months, he has become increasingly anxious when we leave him for even a short period of time (15 minutes or so). In addition, he is EXTREMELY territorial with humans and other animals. I have zero doubt that he would bite if challenged.
So far, he has chewed/scratched his way out of our front door, two windows and a crate. I wouldn't have believed that a dog can escape from a crate, but he did. He scratched and bent the bars until he could squeeze out. The damage to our house so far for this dog has totalled about $1600.
We took Mike Jones to the vet, who prescribed him Xanax and Prozac, which has helped slightly, but he still can't stand being apart from us. The vet recommended that we place him in our yard for the day, with covering and water, but he can climb fences. We installed climb guards at the top and dig guards at the bottom, and he just climbs right over the fence (despite the guards) or chews his way out of the fence. So, the vet suggested that we get him a trolley with a tether for our yard, which we did. He is only on the trolley when we leave the house. This has worked to this point.
Here's the issue: I am continually fearful that Mike Jones will somehow escape his trolley while we are not home. I think about it all the time, worried. I worry that if he escapes he will hurt someone and have to be put down.
He is a very sweet dog with our family and rehoming isn't an option. I think he might have been an outside dog for the majority of his life, which would account for his need to escape and be outside. I just don't know what to do to ease my fears and to help him better be able to handle being left.