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Old 11-13-2018, 04:17 PM
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HELP! Severe Separation Anxiety!!!

I have a one year old boxer-American Pitbull mix. We got her from a friend who didn't want her because of all the excessive chewing she does. Well, my fiancée and I have notice that she doesn't do anything destructive, UNLESS we're not home. Then she chews everything from tables to rugs, etc. We decided we need to crate her when we're not home.

Like any normal adult, my fiancée and I both work full time jobs. His hours vary but I'm gone from 7:30am to 3pm, Mon-Fri. She's very good at holding her pee and poop, as I walk her at 6am and then let her out before I leave, around 7:15am. I feel bad to leave her crated but she can't roam our house freely.

Here's the major problem. This dog, as I've come to find out through excessive research, has severe separation anxiety. You know, the kind where food does no good and a tv or radio on means nothing. I've tried everything, a Kong stuffed with delicious foods, the TV on, the radio playing all day. When I get home, everything is fine with her, but the Kong/toys are absolutely untouched. The second I let her out of the crate, she grabs the Kong and plays with it.

I don't know what to do. I know she's just howling and yelping all day, yet I can't do anything about it. Someone suggested a dog walker but I can't afford to pay someone $30 to walk my dog once a day. Everyone I know works full-time so I can't do a doggy babysitter. I love this dog to pieces, but the fact that she can't even handle me using the bathroom, much less leaving for work, is so hard to work with.

Before anyone says it, I've done research AND have attempted all of these things:
-toys (food or no food)
-using the crate positively ("go to your bed" only giving her food in the crate like dinner and treats)
-leaving her in the crate for seconds, to minutes at a time, to no avail as she reacts the same every time

I just don't know what to do anymore. I don't want her unhappy, but she cannot roam the house unattended and I can't afford a babysitter. Does anyone have any sort of advice? Besides "give her up if you can't afford a dog"? I CAN afford a dog, but I cannot afford to treat the dog like a human child. She fits in perfectly with our family and she's so happy. This is the only dilemma 😩
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Old 11-16-2018, 04:05 PM
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How long have you had her now? My best advice is just to wait it out. When my dog was younger she would freak out and basically scream every time we left her in her crate. I remember leaving her in the house in her crate and hearing her high pitched yelps all the way to the car every time i went to work. I think with time she just realized that yes, we were going to come back. And when she stopped chewing on things and 100% stopped peeing in the house we were able to let her roam free while we were gone and that made it easier on her as well. I dont think she ever totally got over her separation anxiety and she had a too soon passing so i dont know if it would have ever gone away completely but it definitely got better over time.
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