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Old 02-13-2018, 08:29 AM
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Separation Anxiety, Constant Barking, what do we do?

Hello,
Sorry this might be a long read...

I'm brand new to these forms and hope I can get some help with my 5 year old German Sheppard/Chow/American Dingo mix. (At least thats what we think he is) It's my girlfriends dog, his name is Rusty, he was with her before I came into the picture so I have little say when it comes to his training. According to her he's had obedience training, but he rarely listens to either one of us. But thats not why I'm here.

We recently moved into a new condo. It's our first time out on our own and we're both really enjoying life together. Before we moved, we lived in her mothers basement apartment with Rusty. It was a large house with a big back yard, and there was always someone home to take care of him or be with him when my girlfriend and I were at work.
Now that we're on our own, in a smaller place with no back yard (only a small patio out front) It's a major change for Rusty. We've been in the new place for 4 days now. We followed the advice I've seen on the internet to do things like, bring him to the new place before we officially move in, move his bed and his toys last, not wash any of his things etc... The first few days he was a little hyper and curious about his new home, running around sniffing everything but not peeing anywhere which is good.

Then comes Monday morning, time for my girlfriend and I to leave the house for work (we both work 8 hour days on average) It's the first time Rusty is left alone in a house for that long. I expected him to bark and whine, but not to the extent he's doing. I have a Ring video doorbell, and have been checking up on him, because I can hear him barking from the doorbell, which is outside our front door. We left the house at 7, its almost 9:30 and hes been barking constantly.

Last night when I got home, I found that he pooped in our bedroom, and peed downstairs in our kitchen. I knew he'd have accidents while we were gone, I know leaving our dog for 8 hours home by himself for the first time was going to be an issue. My girlfriends sister was supposed to come halfway through the day to check on him but never showed up.

My question is this; what can we do to ease his anxiety? I know its probably separation anxiety, as he's never been home alone in his life before now. He goes absolutely bonkers when either one of us walks through the door, wagging his tail so violently his whole butt swings around and he almost falls down. We leave the TV or radio on for him, I filled a kong toy with treats before I left today but I almost guarantee he hasn't touched it, because he wont eat or drink if my girlfriend isn't around. (he's more attached to her than he is me)

I bought some "anxiety treats" on Amazon today. I plan on giving them a try when they arrive. I know it's just something he's going to have to get used to, I just hope the barking doesn't escalate to him destroying the house, or pooping and peeing everywhere. It's too cold out to take him for a long walk in the morning, that and he has hip displcia and two torn (and surgically fixed ACL's in both his rear legs)

What can we do to make him comfortable? Should I ask my vet about anxiety medication for him? or do we just wait it out and hope it'll get better? I've also been thinking of hiring a dog sitter/walker to come and check on him halfway throughout the day. But that might get expensive.

Thanks everyone!
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Definitely a dog walker/sitter to break up the day would help a bit over time. I would suggest that on days you don't have to work you spend time going out for short times and coming back all day as well. You may need the help of anxiety meds for a while during the adjustment, but you should talk to your vet or a veterinary behaviorist about that.

Even if you can't have a walker long term, it would be helpful for a while. Do you know anyone who can just go keep the dog company for a bit here and there during the day?
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Hello,
Sorry this might be a long read...

I'm brand new to these forms and hope I can get some help with my 5 year old German Sheppard/Chow/American Dingo mix. (At least thats what we think he is) It's my girlfriends dog, his name is Rusty, he was with her before I came into the picture so I have little say when it comes to his training. According to her he's had obedience training, but he rarely listens to either one of us. But thats not why I'm here.

We recently moved into a new condo. It's our first time out on our own and we're both really enjoying life together. Before we moved, we lived in her mothers basement apartment with Rusty. It was a large house with a big back yard, and there was always someone home to take care of him or be with him when my girlfriend and I were at work.
Now that we're on our own, in a smaller place with no back yard (only a small patio out front) It's a major change for Rusty. We've been in the new place for 4 days now. We followed the advice I've seen on the internet to do things like, bring him to the new place before we officially move in, move his bed and his toys last, not wash any of his things etc... The first few days he was a little hyper and curious about his new home, running around sniffing everything but not peeing anywhere which is good.

Then comes Monday morning, time for my girlfriend and I to leave the house for work (we both work 8 hour days on average) It's the first time Rusty is left alone in a house for that long. I expected him to bark and whine, but not to the extent he's doing. I have a Ring video doorbell, and have been checking up on him, because I can hear him barking from the doorbell, which is outside our front door. We left the house at 7, its almost 9:30 and hes been barking constantly.

Last night when I got home, I found that he pooped in our bedroom, and peed downstairs in our kitchen. I knew he'd have accidents while we were gone, I know leaving our dog for 8 hours home by himself for the first time was going to be an issue. My girlfriends sister was supposed to come halfway through the day to check on him but never showed up.

My question is this; what can we do to ease his anxiety? I know its probably separation anxiety, as he's never been home alone in his life before now. He goes absolutely bonkers when either one of us walks through the door, wagging his tail so violently his whole butt swings around and he almost falls down. We leave the TV or radio on for him, I filled a kong toy with treats before I left today but I almost guarantee he hasn't touched it, because he wont eat or drink if my girlfriend isn't around. (he's more attached to her than he is me)

I bought some "anxiety treats" on Amazon today. I plan on giving them a try when they arrive. I know it's just something he's going to have to get used to, I just hope the barking doesn't escalate to him destroying the house, or pooping and peeing everywhere. It's too cold out to take him for a long walk in the morning, that and he has hip displcia and two torn (and surgically fixed ACL's in both his rear legs)

What can we do to make him comfortable? Should I ask my vet about anxiety medication for him? or do we just wait it out and hope it'll get better? I've also been thinking of hiring a dog sitter/walker to come and check on him halfway throughout the day. But that might get expensive.

Thanks everyone!
Doggy daycares are becoming more prevalent these days. You should see if there is one in your area. I am sure they have their methods to help him adjust too!

I agree that it is a big and sudden change for him. So leaving and coming back for short periods of time when you're not working will help out. Gradually make the intervals longer but don't rush through this process.

Hope this helps
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Hello,
Sorry this might be a long read...

I'm brand new to these forms and hope I can get some help with my 5 year old German Sheppard/Chow/American Dingo mix. (At least thats what we think he is) It's my girlfriends dog, his name is Rusty, he was with her before I came into the picture so I have little say when it comes to his training. According to her he's had obedience training, but he rarely listens to either one of us. But thats not why I'm here.

We recently moved into a new condo. It's our first time out on our own and we're both really enjoying life together. Before we moved, we lived in her mothers basement apartment with Rusty. It was a large house with a big back yard, and there was always someone home to take care of him or be with him when my girlfriend and I were at work.
Now that we're on our own, in a smaller place with no back yard (only a small patio out front) It's a major change for Rusty. We've been in the new place for 4 days now. We followed the advice I've seen on the internet to do things like, bring him to the new place before we officially move in, move his bed and his toys last, not wash any of his things etc... The first few days he was a little hyper and curious about his new home, running around sniffing everything but not peeing anywhere which is good.

Then comes Monday morning, time for my girlfriend and I to leave the house for work (we both work 8 hour days on average) It's the first time Rusty is left alone in a house for that long. I expected him to bark and whine, but not to the extent he's doing. I have a Ring video doorbell, and have been checking up on him, because I can hear him barking from the doorbell, which is outside our front door. We left the house at 7, its almost 9:30 and hes been barking constantly.

Last night when I got home, I found that he pooped in our bedroom, and peed downstairs in our kitchen. I knew he'd have accidents while we were gone, I know leaving our dog for 8 hours home by himself for the first time was going to be an issue. My girlfriends sister was supposed to come halfway through the day to check on him but never showed up.

My question is this; what can we do to ease his anxiety? I know its probably separation anxiety, as he's never been home alone in his life before now. He goes absolutely bonkers when either one of us walks through the door, wagging his tail so violently his whole butt swings around and he almost falls down. We leave the TV or radio on for him, I filled a kong toy with treats before I left today but I almost guarantee he hasn't touched it, because he wont eat or drink if my girlfriend isn't around. (he's more attached to her than he is me)

I bought some "anxiety treats" on Amazon today. I plan on giving them a try when they arrive. I know it's just something he's going to have to get used to, I just hope the barking doesn't escalate to him destroying the house, or pooping and peeing everywhere. It's too cold out to take him for a long walk in the morning, that and he has hip displcia and two torn (and surgically fixed ACL's in both his rear legs)

What can we do to make him comfortable? Should I ask my vet about anxiety medication for him? or do we just wait it out and hope it'll get better? I've also been thinking of hiring a dog sitter/walker to come and check on him halfway throughout the day. But that might get expensive.

Thanks everyone!
Doggy daycares are becoming more prevalent these days. You should see if there is one in your area. I am sure they have their methods to help him adjust too!

I agree that it is a big and sudden change for him. So leaving and coming back for short periods of time when you're not working will help out. Gradually make the intervals longer but don't rush through this process.

Hope this helps
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