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Old 12-11-2017, 12:56 PM
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High separation anxiety after I leave for work

Hello, first post.

I have a 14 month toy Aussie-doodle, I've had her since she was 12 weeks old. Since then we have been inseparable, we spend all hours of day and night together except for when I am at work. We spend all weekend together, we usually spend 1-2 hours at the dog park Saturdays and Sundays and she goes to doggy day care twice a week. She is a good puppy but she has strong separation anxiety, she is also very jealous, if another dog approaches me or I pet them she scares them off. she does play with other dogs, she has had a couple incidents with other bigger dogs, it has been the other dogs that have been aggressive with no provocation to her though.

Every morning during the week I wake up and we go for a 15 minute walk, then I take a shower and get ready for work, once I grab my keys she starts barking and gets very anxious, once I close the door I can hear her scratch the door and bark, I have several cameras in my house to check up on her and she cries and howls and scratches the door for 15-30 minutes, sometimes up to an hour until she finally calms down and goes to sleep but she still keeps checking on the door.

She is not crated and she is free to roam in my apartment.

Any advice on how to help her anxiety, I want her to be aware that I will be back soon, I actually return during lunch and we walk for another 20 minutes and then when I leave the anxiety starts again.
All in all she is never more than 4 hours by herself but it breaks my heart that she gets all worked up during that 30-60 minutes after I leave.

any suggestions? (sorry for the long winded meesage)
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Old 12-12-2017, 06:52 AM
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My dog gets anxious when I leave the house as well, so I know how you feel! She's not destructive so I also allow her free roam of the house. Every time I leave the house without her I give her a stuffed kong, full of cheese and kong spray treat. She focuses on that for the first 10-15 minutes I am gone. I also leave little pieces of liver treat scattered on the floor and hidden in the house so she can search for those while I am gone. I also ways make sure to leave multiple toys out for her as well. Also, I know you said you give your dog a fifteen minute walk before you leave, but perhaps they need more exercise than that. My dog is a springer spaniel and is very hyper, so I take her for at least a half hour walk before I leave her alone. Sometimes I will even take her for an off leash run at the dog park if I don't have to be out till later. You can also talk to your vet, and see if medication may be necessary for your dog. Hopefully some of these methods work for you
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