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Old 02-15-2018, 01:25 PM
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High Anxiety Dog. Not just separation.

My dog is a mix of unknown breeds. We think she is mostly Australian Shepherd. She is smallish, about 30 pounds. She is 6 years old. A kind and loving animal. When she is home with me (us) she is quite calm. When people visit she is "normal" in that she gets excited and jumps but we have her mostly trained of that. She will pee when my daughters visit because she gets so excited.

When we got her, we had another dog which was older. From the outset we put her in a crate at night, always giving her a treat and leaving her in a room (my office in house) where she could smell the other dog.

When the other dog passed, she began to exhibit some anxiety. She would no longer tolerate the crate becoming very agitated and crying, scratching at the door until she ultimately destroyed the door. We decided to allow her the run of the office with the doors closed. That worked for a while. When we went out we would take her to her bed and give her a treat.

Then we noticed that she started clawing and chewing at the door frames of the room. This would only happen some of the time. Also, we take her to a kennel when we go on vacation and on her first visit without the other dog she destroyed part of the wooden door of the kennel.

At home I am home most of the time. I am a Pastor and have to go out and visit at times. I am lucky that I am able to work from an office in my home, across from the church. When I go out it is a gamble what I come home to. Sometimes she is fine, sometimes she pants so much the floor is soaked (hardwood floor) and sometimes she works at the doorframe, making a pile of wooden shavings. I will have to pay to get that repaired as it is a church provided home.

At Christmas we were at wits end. We didn't want to take her back to the kennel so we sent her to a private home where a woman does dog sitting. We also took her to our vet to see what he recommended and he said to try another dog. That can't happen. So he prescribed Chloricalm.

Since Christmas she has been on the medication and I don't see much difference. Yesterday I came home to a real mess in my office with more of the door destroyed.

Today I had to go across to the church for about a half hour so I decided to take her with me. We were in a relatively small office with the door closed and I was in her sight the entire time. I turned my back for a moment and she had pooped all over the floor. While I was cleaning this, she did it again!

She has pooped in the house previous to this but only when we leave her alone with the run of the house. This is too much for her I guess and she never poops in the office, just pants, and claws the door frame.

She has been on the medication for a month and a half and other than getting another dog, my vet has no answers. I am at my wits end as I have to go out sometimes and also have a project coming where I will have to be at the church more but thought I would be able to bring her with me.

Sorry for the long post but I wanted to get all the bases covered and give a good picture of my situation. I am appreciative of any help offered.

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Old 02-15-2018, 02:14 PM
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Another dog won't help with separation anxiety, the dog is anxious about the person it's bonded to. My dog has severe separation anxiety and improved dramatically with an antidepressant Zoloft. It's best to see or have a phone consultation with a veterinary behaviorist who knows what they're doing with various medications and can help with specific training and behavior modification techniques.
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