Last edited by NizhoniTwice; 01-09-2016 at 04:50 PM.
Keep up the crate training. Try it when you're home so she can realize that the crate doesn't always mean you're leaving. Feed her in there, give her treats in there, special toys that she only gets when she's in the crate, make a positive place. She'll get it eventually.
There is doggy prozac but my vet said it does have side effects and isn't for long term. We adopted a dog in September who has horrible separation anxiety. After a morning of destroying my house, I started the crate training (we tried it the first day we had him and it stressed him out so much we didn't push it). When I was home, I'd put him in a for a few minutes and gradually increase the time. Now, he goes straight into his crate when we get ready to leave, he goes in there to hide out from our other dog and he's just figured out the crate is his place. It keeps him calm while we're gone and now he knows that we'll always come back.
it sounds like seperation anxiety, I highly recommend this book
Alyantavid, I've tried all of your suggestions to no avail. She's not a food hound so food isn't really a motivator for her. I take her on walks in the mornings and she has play time with other dogs before I go off to work (a friend and I walk our dogs together in the morning). I'm just getting nervous because I'll be starting grad school in the spring and will be busy busy.
Starrlamia, thanks for the book suggestion. I'll order it from amazon and cross my fingers.
Thanks for the input, Mamas. :)
are toys a motivator? Does she like tugging of fetch? Those are good stand ins for treats in training, if she is stubborn with training, the book When Pigs Fly by Jane Killion is brilliant at teaching your dog to focus on you and find training rewarding!
How long of a walk does she get and how much play time? She may not be getting enough exercise, walks for my dogs are nothing, I can take them for a good 2-3 hour walk and they still have energy to burn, so they usually get some hard exercise in the backyard with fetch or the flirt pole and spring pole.
Another suggestion is to give her some work to eat toys instead of kibble in a dish, it will help tire her out mentally as well, stuff like kongs, kong wobblers, tug a jugs, buster cubes etc.
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