08-16-2018, 03:58 PM
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Dealing with containment anxiety in an apartment
Hi! We have a new rescue dog, and he's fantastic and very well-behaved. After doing some reading online and talking to a dog trainer, we think that he's dealing with containment anxiety or isolation anxiety when we try to leave him home alone. Whether left for five minutes or an hour, he'll bark very loudly for the whole time (he never barks otherwise). All of the suggestions for containment anxiety suggest installing a doggy door, but we live in an apartment. We're also partially below ground, so while he can see the windows and the natural light that comes in, I think he has trouble seeing out of the windows. His foster mom didn't have this problem -- she frequently left him, although she also had a cat in the house (so he wasn't really "alone"), and he could also look out the window and door.
We've tried leaving him high-value food (kongs, peanut butter, etc.), but he seems too anxious to eat while we're gone. The barking is pretty incessant. Does anyone have any suggestions?