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Old 06-01-2017, 03:24 PM
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Separation Anxiety in new rescue dog

Hey everyone! I'm new here and at a loss on how to deal with an issue I've noticed in our new dog.

A little bit about Sandy: She is a Great Pyrenees/Australian Shepherd mix that we got from a rescue on Northern Illinois. She was rescued by them from a high kill shelter in Kentucky where she was on the euthanasia list due to her shy and skiddish demeanor. That's about all the background we have on her. She's been to the vet who thinks she's gorgeous and healthy and a little over a year old. We noticed a bum behind her shoulder that looks like a healing bite of some kind and the vet agreed with us. We also noticed she yelped when being pet on those same ribs the day after we got her. She lived in a foster home with 3 adult Great Pyrs before coming with us. She's most likely been abused at some point in her past because she's so skiddish and shy. She is more reserved towards men than women and will often show her belly immediately when shes nervous and someone comes up to pet her which seems very submissive.

I think she's starting to show signs of separation anxiety which worries me so much. I've read a ton of articles but didn't know if any of you here would maybe have any advice for us.

Some of the signs I've noticed: follows you when you leave the room, makes sure you follow her outside to potty, makes sure you're behind her when she's eating (this is getting better), super excited when you come home, super sad when she knows you're leaving, and, for the first time ever, she pooped and peed in the house.

She is crate trained (we didn't really want to keep her in a crate at all just as a personal preference but did the first nights she was with us). She doesn't always like to go to her crate and so she's been left out in the house today and yesterday. Yesterday she didn't have any issues at all but people were in and out of the house every other hour or so.

I just don't know where to start or what to do at all and it breaks my heart. 😢 I do know that you aren't supposed to be giving a ton of attention as you leave and enter the house as it rewards them for being concerned in your absence. But other than that, is there anything we can do?
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Hey everyone! I'm new here and at a loss on how to deal with an issue I've noticed in our new dog.

A little bit about Sandy: She is a Great Pyrenees/Australian Shepherd mix that we got from a rescue on Northern Illinois. She was rescued by them from a high kill shelter in Kentucky where she was on the euthanasia list due to her shy and skiddish demeanor. That's about all the background we have on her. She's been to the vet who thinks she's gorgeous and healthy and a little over a year old. We noticed a bum behind her shoulder that looks like a healing bite of some kind and the vet agreed with us. We also noticed she yelped when being pet on those same ribs the day after we got her. She lived in a foster home with 3 adult Great Pyrs before coming with us. She's most likely been abused at some point in her past because she's so skiddish and shy. She is more reserved towards men than women and will often show her belly immediately when shes nervous and someone comes up to pet her which seems very submissive.

I think she's starting to show signs of separation anxiety which worries me so much. I've read a ton of articles but didn't know if any of you here would maybe have any advice for us.

Some of the signs I've noticed: follows you when you leave the room, makes sure you follow her outside to potty, makes sure you're behind her when she's eating (this is getting better), super excited when you come home, super sad when she knows you're leaving, and, for the first time ever, she pooped and peed in the house.

She is crate trained (we didn't really want to keep her in a crate at all just as a personal preference but did the first nights she was with us). She doesn't always like to go to her crate and so she's been left out in the house today and yesterday. Yesterday she didn't have any issues at all but people were in and out of the house every other hour or so.

I just don't know where to start or what to do at all and it breaks my heart. 😢 I do know that you aren't supposed to be giving a ton of attention as you leave and enter the house as it rewards them for being concerned in your absence. But other than that, is there anything we can do?
Oh she is gorgeous. How long have you had her?

Our Rakia was like this. He'd been abused and was very aggressive at first but once he settled in he suffered teriible anxiety whenever we were out of the house, and like Sandy he followed me everywhere. It wasn't such a problem for us because we are retired and rarely go out, but I always worried about him when we had to leave him. If I just went to visit a neighbour I could hear him howling all the time I was away, even if John was there with him. We had him for 10 years and sadly he never lost that anxiety. He was already old when he joined us, and Sandy is still young so she may cope better, maybe anti-anxiety meds would help, but I think you should resign yourselves to the possibility that she may always be like this and try to work around it rather than trying to cure her.

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Oh she is gorgeous. How long have you had her?

Our Rakia was like this. He'd been abused and was very aggressive at first but once he settled in he suffered teriible anxiety whenever we were out of the house, and like Sandy he followed me everywhere. It wasn't such a problem for us because we are retired and rarely go out, but I always worried about him when we had to leave him. If I just went to visit a neighbour I could hear him howling all the time I was away, even if John was there with him. We had him for 10 years and sadly he never lost that anxiety. He was already old when he joined us, and Sandy is still young so she may cope better, maybe anti-anxiety meds would help, but I think you should resign yourselves to the possibility that she may always be like this and try to work around it rather than trying to cure her.

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We've had her since Saturday the 27th. So, not even a week yet. It's possible some of the symptoms are from still settling in to her new home, only time will tell.

I think we decided to start on a general plan with getting her extra extra exercise, some food puzzles, and a pheromone collar. It really does break my heart to be at work and think about how anxious and sad she may be feeling. She's definitely had some type of abusive past. Hopefully when we build her self-confidence up a bit she will get out of all of these habits.
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I hope she does. I think the situation can only improve as she comes to realize that she is not going to be hurt or abandoned again.

The only thing you can really do at the moment is make sure she is safe when you are out, even if that means putting her on a chain or in a crate. I don't like either option really, but we did put Rakia on a chain eventually because he was blind and I was worried he would fall into the pool or something. It didn't work well, he soon learned to get the chain off (we never did find out how). Some days he got the chain off so quickly he was already circling the garden and howling before we had a chance to drive away, so we stopped bothering with that, filled the pool in and and let him take his chances. He never came to any harm (unlike my flowers, but they are replaceable lol)

Let me know how it goes

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You could try leaving the tv or radio on for her while you are at work, some sound may give her the illusion that she's not alone
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My rescue had some horrible separation anxiety I got up early before work and walked her that helped a lot but time is what helped the most they just have to understand this is their forever home that takes time
Just don't give her attention until she is calm when you get home and give no attention before you leave either like you said above
if you make it not a big deal it helps them to realize the same
Now my girl gets a kong when I head out the door she barely even acknowledges I'm leaving and when I get home she doesn't even get up to say hi lol
My puppy doesn't have separation anxiety and when he gets his kong in his play pen I don't exists anymore until it's gone lol but he does bark and jump when I get home he's a work in progress


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