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Old 06-04-2018, 10:09 AM
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My dog's seperation anxiety is going to kill me

My boyfriend and I have a 4 year old mutt. We lived in California and had the dog from a puppy. He is house trained, and used to being alone for a large portion of the day as boyfriend and I have to work full time. Recently we moved to Michigan, and since moving, the dog has developed severe separation anxiety. He started destroying our rental, so we have had to resort to a cage. He screams bloody murder while he's in it, but we can't let him roam free while we're gone for fear he will harm himself (he's figured out how to open locked doorknobs.... ) or continue destroying our home.

I am at the end of my rope. I can't handle the emotional toll it's taking on me and I don't know what to do. Does any one have any advice?
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:45 AM
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Separation anxiety is a very difficult behavior problem to live with, and can be tricky to treat.

I would highly suggest looking around this website for information, and to find a trainer who specializes in it in your area or online.
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Medications from a good veterinary behaviorist literally kept my dog from hurting himself or killing himself, he knocked two window air conditioners out the third floor wiindow, spilled all the window and had to either stay in a hot closed up third floor airless room with no breeze, ac, fan or water or go with me and stay in the car with ac running nonstop.

One antidepressant did more good than all the training in the world. Now he stays home ten hours a day three days a week and alternates that with doggy daycare. Just sleeps on the bed with the cats. Doesn't even get up to greet me anymore. Much better and not frantic. He was literally the worst case the behaviorist had ever seen. Chewed and destroyed my whole apartment, broke doors, floors, everything.
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We have an appointment this Saturday with the vet and I am definitely going to ask about some meds. Thank you so much for the suggestion. It's really good to hear a success story from someone whose dog sounds a LOT like mine.
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Don't get me wrong training is important too. It gives them structure and rules and builds their trust and bond with you. But when a dog is literally so frantic he's a basket case and shaking and howling and trying to jump out a third floor window and making his paws bleed from digging out doors and breaking out of crates, he's too panicked to listen or learn.
He needs to calm down and not be frantic. No one can learn when they're convinced they're in terror for their life that's where meds come in and help reset their brain chemistry.
Many vets in my area aren't comfortable prescibing psych meds and will refer you to a veterinary behaviorist. It's more expensive but definitely worth it.
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