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Old 09-20-2012, 12:40 PM
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Hello, This is my first ever posting in a forum and I am in dire need or thoughts, experiences, & advice. I am a proud mom of a 14 week shorkie, I have had him since he was 10 weeks old. In the 4 weeks of adopting him we have had to deal with giardia, coccidia, and bloody stools so today he is finally free of all viruses and medications. I am posting today hoping anyone can help me with Ozzy. He gets seperation anxiety SO bad that we over excites himself and eliminates in his pen or crate. During the day he is in a pen and at night a rather large crate. Now I know it should only be big enough for him to turn around in but he will eliminate regardless and being in the bigger crate makes my life a bit easier by not having to bathe him at 6am everyday. I have purchased a pheromone diffuser from my vet yesterday that is right by his crate (yet to see it work) and today some calming aid gel from Petco which I am not sure if I am going to use. This is my first little dog and have never had this problem. I have left for 5, 10, 20 min etc, but its all the same. I can't leave his sight or he cries, whines, & jumps.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:48 PM
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Here was another thread that had some suggestions: https://www.dogforum.com/dog-behavior...barking-24252/

I don't have personal experience with it, but I know many of our members with dogs that had severe SA, they basically had to crate train the heck out of their dog. I explain it in the other thread, but you basically need to work in baby steps. You can use those training methods for both the crate and xpen.
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You may want to put one of your dirty shirts in there with him so he has you scent to lay with. Is there a radio in the room where his kennel is? or a television? You could turn something on so he does not feel so all alone.
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Thank you for your responses. I have tried the tv but DH doesn't like that and plus it did not matter nor did Mozart playing for him. I have had no problems training lots of other (big breed) dogs, this little guy is tuff! I don't know if I should use the big crate or a little one that offers him no room.
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I am guessing shorkie is a Shih-Yorkie? Be sure to never treat him like he is pitiful..poor baby type treatment that will only matter worse. That will basically tell him he has the right to feel scared when you are not around. Be strong.. no one like to hear a baby crying..Never get him out of his pen or kennel while he is fussing. He is going to whine and fuss for you to come get him out. Do not let him learn(teach you) that if he does fuss you will come get him out.

If he has an accidents just continue to not respond in any way to it. Just clean it up like nothing..praise him when he does potty outside...get him all happy about it..
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You should get your dog enough exercise. Also try aromatherapy. For loneliness and anxiety, blend 5 drops of cypress, 5 drops of marjoram, and 1 drop of rose otto essential oils with a base oil. Apply lightly to the head and spine. Reapply as needed.
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