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?