I really need help to save Buddys life

Go Back   Dog Forum > Keeping and Caring for Dogs > Dog Training and Behavior

I really need help to save Buddys life

This is a discussion on I really need help to save Buddys life within the Dog Training and Behavior forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; Hey, there's not a whole lot of time so I'm hoping to find help fast. I rescued a 2 year old Alaskan Malamute and he ...

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-24-2018, 10:55 AM
  #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
I really need help to save Buddys life

Hey, there's not a whole lot of time so I'm hoping to find help fast. I rescued a 2 year old Alaskan Malamute and he had been brought back to the shelter several times and would possibly have been put down. They said it was fun energy but it turns out it was really bad separation anxiety and whenever he was in a cage only for an hour or two he would freak out and break out of the cage through zip ties and zip line safety links

But over the last few weeks he has been very loved and very cared for but this wasn't any help.

He wasn't able to be left on his own or he would chew through everything including dishes and trash including blinds and furniture.

Otherwise he is an incredibly sweet and loving dog when you're with him but he just can't be alone and so one day he broke out the cage again and tore up some of my girlfriend's makeup and that was the last straw so she took him back to the shelter and after that he'd been brought back too many times and they want to euthanize him. I didn't know he had even been brought back to the shelter until they called me and asked if I wanted to say goodbye and I didn't know what to do.

There has to be another way to save him in make him a better dog he's only two and has so much left to live for and I'm in a new place and he's been my only friend then he would be my best friend either way if there's any help please get back to me.

Thanks
Joshwalton94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2018, 02:47 PM
  #2
Senior Member
 
Shadowmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Cambridge MA
Posts: 1,277
Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Medication is the best and quickest way to help severe separation anxiety. And a lot of gradually increasing exposure to him getting used to you leaving him. There's links on this site. But you build up by leaving for thirty seconds, then a minute, etc. The behavioral training takes weeks or months. Medication is an immediate help. My dog had severe separation anxiety and broke out of a crate. Some dogs can't be in a crate, mine can't. I kept him in a small room and kept all windows and blinds closed.
The antidepressant Zoloft helps my dog and is longer acting so takes four to six weeks to work. Many behaviorists will also prescribe an immediate short acting sedative like a benzodiazepines or trazodone, to knock the dog out for four to six hours so you can continue to leave it and go to work.
My dog had bad reactions to those shorter acting meds and I had to spend more money and put him in doggy daycare which he loves. He was too dangerous to leave at home alone. So it was either that or bring him everywhere, which I also did and sometimes leave him in my car for short periods with the heat or ac running and a note saying he was under the care of the behaviorist and couldn't be safely left alone at home. He was calm and fine in the car.
Personally I could never trust or stay with anyone that took my dog to a shelter and let it be euthanized because it chewed up some objects. If you're going to save this dog, your gf doesn't sound very helpful or committed to the dog's continued longevity. I'd limit her access to the dog if you're able to get it back, and make sure that she fully understands that it's your dog and she has no right to take the dog anywhere, let alone surrender the dog to be killed.
I'd personally be so angry I'd want to press charges against her for animal cruelty and theft and I couldn't even stand to look at this person again, but that's just me. I've ended any relationship IMMEDIATELY where my animals weren't treated well.
Sorry to be judgmental, I just feel really bad for the poor dog, but I commend you for trying to do the right thing.
Shadowmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2018, 04:55 PM
  #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
I agree with Shadowmom about the doggy daycare. This has the added bonus of getting your dog worn out during the day. When you pick them up from daycare that would be the perfect time to work on extending the amount of time your dog can stay alone in a kennel or room. If you decide to continue trying to leave him in a kennel make sure to cover all sides with a blanket. Make sure to leave some gap for airflow. I usually leave the door side open. This helps to relax the dog by not having so much to see.

Gradually work up the time you are able to leave alone in the crate. The key to extending the amount of time that they are able to stay in the crate is to make sure to let him out before he reaches the point that his anxiety starts to kick in. Also leaving a bone (good real bone) with him will give him something to do. You could even have your dog in the same room as you with the blanket covering from him seeing you. This way you can make sure that you notice when he is starting to get anxious.

The more times that you are able to have him in his crate and let him out prior to his stress reaction he will learn that nothing bad happens and that you always come back. This may take a while for you to be able to leave for any length of time. A few hours is actually pretty good and means that hopefully he will be able to learn to change.
The Timid Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 03-24-2018, 08:04 PM
  #4
Senior Member
 
Shadowmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Cambridge MA
Posts: 1,277
Mentioned: 50 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Forgot to say earlier that one key thing is to give him one amazing favorite thing, like the best toy or treat ever whenever you leave. But take it away the minute you get back. He only gets this awesome amazing favorite treat or toy when he's alone so he associates fun awesome things with you leaving. He can't also have the awesome thing when you're home or it won't work. My dog won't eat or drink when I'm not home so for him it has to be a toy
And some dogs can't be crate trained. My dog gets too frantic and is dangerous. That's fine he now can stay alone for eight or nine hours if he has to au be loose in half my apartment. He hadn't chewed or destroyed anything in over a year with the medication.
I don't push it and alternate days. So for a five day work week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday would be my longest days and he goes to doggy daycare. Tuesday and Thursday I make my shortest days no more than eight hours and he stays home. The second I get back we go right to the dog park for at least one or two hours as a reward and stress relief. He gets too stressed being alone two long days in a row. That works for him.
If there's a week where I can do two days if daycare and take him with me one day, even better.
Shadowmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Desperate to save our dog's life!! Nikkitoby New Additions 1 01-09-2016 07:32 AM
Help me Save Rambos life Kimgon22 Dog Health 1 01-06-2016 12:19 PM
Our +$13,000 journey to save his life! Nikkitoby Dog Health 2 01-05-2016 05:02 PM


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.