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Old 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?
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Try and identify triggers, often dogs that are not used to apartment living & can hear the goings on of the other apartments will keep getting set off by noises. Dogs often do regress with anxiety with a different house & may be missing the previous owner. Treat sep angst by fullfilling the need your dog is expressing. Company. Try leaving the radio or t.v on when your not there, call in & check during the day or ask someone to. You could try a pet cam or smart cam, some of these you can talk through eg comfort, reasure & ask your dog to be quiet now please. Some even dispense treats once they've quietened down. Dogs can loose their appetite from being anxious so I think your right about the cause. Often it just takes a month or two for the dog to settle in & get used to the noises. Remember they're all 'strange' noises until they become familiar.
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