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Old 11-03-2017, 04:46 PM
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Separation anxiety is actually pretty common. Very frustrating, but common.

I know you're doing a lot for her on the medical end of things, but have you tried consulting a behaviorist to address her anxiety? It may even help her with her GI issues.

I did see in one of your posts that you dismissed "drugging the dog" - if your dog has high levels of anxiety, medication can actually be a lifesaver. Are you able to get into contact with a vet behaviorist?

I have a very anxious dog who has seen multiple trainers and vets - every single one has told me that aversive collars or punishments, particularly shock collars as they seem to be to the go-to for a lot of people, wouldn't help him and would in fact make him much worse.
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I've been away from this thread for several days, but now I am seeing that, in an already distressed and emotionally unstable and anxious dog, you are considering adding electric shock to her life!!!!!!! There is no way this is going to help your dogs emotional state, though it may for your convenience quiet her by instilling a new fear in her life. Not the way to go, and I hope for your dogs sake you have figured that out. I agree with the suggestion that you get a well qualified trainer involved.
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FWIW, I don't think you are a bad dog owner, I don't think you are a cruel one. I think you care deeply about your dog, but you are at the end of your rope dealing with her nerve shattering behavior. I also think you are a desperate dog owner who is now using a device that is sure to make the problem behavior worse in the long run.

From what I can gather from your post your dog has a pretty bad case of separation anxiety (SA). SA is sort of like a phobia, your dog has an irrational fear that you will not come back, she may also be afraid that something bad will happen to her when she's alone. She panics to get back to you, or to get you to come by her, dogs with bad enough SA have been known to dig through doors, destroy door frames, tear up it's mouth trying to chew out of crates, and jump through closed windows. The dog is not trying to blackmail the owner, they are not trying to tick off the owner, they are simply terrified.

To treat SA you need to slowly work with her to lessen her stress, anxiety, and fear of being alone, just leaving her alone and hoping it gets better is not going to work. Medicine will help but by itself it's not going to help in the long run it'll simply help lower the anxiety and stress to a point where you can work with her. You will have to work with her though. Rather then try and write out what you'll need to do I'll give you some links to some books on the subject that should help you work with her, the books were written by well know dog behaviorist.
https://www.amazon.com/Ill-Home-Soon...40_&dpSrc=srch
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...=1HCQTSMYWL1R7

This is the forums sticky thread on SA, it has a lot of links that you can check out. https://www.dogforum.com/training-beh...anxiety-29576/

Please stop using the shock collar, I can guarantee it's a band aide that in the long run is making your dog much, much, worse. It's teaching her that she's right to be afraid of being alone, she gets shocked when you are not around and she tries and express how she feels. She may stop barking but that anxiety and fear is going to manifest in other ways, what it's not going to do is lessen, it most likely will get much worse.
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