About a month ago, we adopted an 18 month old golden retriever.
He's a great dog, but he has major separation anxiety issues, and I need some help!
When left alone (whether for half an hour or for three hours), he poops and pees in the house!
(No issues with chewing or destructive behaviors like that.)
Note: we do make sure that he is well-exercised and has just peed etc. outside before we leave.
High-value treats and chewies don't seem to help.
His previous family had not crate-trained him at all, which is new to me. The dogs I've had in the past, I raised from puppyhood, and I crate-trained them. I do want to gradually introduce him to a crate, but I don't expect that to be a solution here, since I have tried confining him to a small space, and he still poops and pees when left alone-- I returned after an hour to find him covered in it, so I think that just panics, and a crate won't help with the panic.
When we're with him, his house-training is fine, of course.
He doesn't velcro to me too much during the day. He will wander in to sleep in whatever room I'm in, but if he's comfy, he doesn't get up right away to follow me into the next room, and he may stay put and nap where he is for a while by himself.
He doesn't seem to get anxious at signs that we're *getting ready* to leave, or anything (shoes and coats on, etc.).
If we are able to bring him with us, he waits calmly in the car while we go into a store, or whatever, and is usually snoozing when we return to the car.
It's getting warmer now, though, and that won't be an option again until fall.
He eventually (after gradually escalating whining) knocks down or goes through (!) pet gates to get to our bedroom at night, as well, and once peed in the house in the night when gated out of our bedroom. (He was gated in DS's room, as DS was really hoping that the dog would develop a habit of sleeping near his bed.) Now, I don't really mind a dog snoozing on my bedroom floor (as long as there are no dominance issues, of which he has none), but I'm so not ok with a dog who *has* to be there, or he'll freak out. That's not acceptable.
We all love him already, but we need to be able to leave the house without coming home to a revolting mess!
Please help me, wise mamas!
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