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Theres a book with lots of info about SA called Don't leave me By Nicole Wilde.

Does he eat the contents of the kong while you have gone?

Is it possible to only leave him alone for 10 minutes and come back before he starts barking? can you take him with you or have someone to stay with him when you are out.?
You don't want his barking to become a conditioned response to you leaving. You don't want him to become distressed at anytime when left alone, if that's possible .


What I was advised to do with my Pip JRT was to leave him with kongs and things like filled hooves , say "be back soon" as I went out the door and came back before he started to back . That was literally a couple of minutes.
Saying " be back soon" is a cue word that he will be ok, only say this if you can be back before he starts barking. .
This taught him he could cope without me and that good things happen when i leave. I built up the time he was happy to be left for . It did take a while , he's still sometimes howls when i go out with my other dog but other wise he is fine.

I played canine lullabies when I left him. Canine Lullabies calm a puppy or barking dog in less than 2 min.
I reinforced this and created an association with the music and my presence by sitting with him on the sofa with a duvet and stroking him as the music played. . You can also an article of clothing with your scent on it that he can take comfort in .

There's Rescue remedy you can add to his water
I hope this helps.
 

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Generally, a vet in the UK won't give out prescribed anxiety meds unless recommneded by a qualified behaviourist. They should be used in tandem with a behaviour modification plan.

have you filmed him when you go out to see hoe he behaves.

A crate will stop him from chewing the kitchen but it won't help him cope with his SA. The fact that he is not eating the kongs and chewing indicates this is distress more than anxiety .

Please do down load the book I recommended. The advice you have recieved from the Rescue if poor.

Having spent all weekend with him we nipped out for an hour today and left him in the kitchen thinking if he cant see people walking past he wont bark as much. When we came back he had chewed all the door frame and there were spots of blood where it had cut his gum
go back to leaving him where he was before,

An hour is along time for a dog that is only ok being left for 10 minutes. You can desensitise him to being left alone and gradually build up the time. Repeat through the day , going out for a couple of minutes and coming back in . Ramdomly pick up your shoe and keys but dont go out .

Emily Blackwell , behaviourist at bristol uni was on a programme on CH 4 I think , Dogs , there secret lives and she starts of by giving the dog a filled kong on a soft comfortable dog bed in the living room , sit next to him , this crate a safe comfort zone with pleasant memories. Next time , sit with him wjile he eats and then get up and walk out the room and then come back in, next time stay out longer, then in the garden You build this up until he is completely relaxed at each stage and you are able to go outside and he stays and eats his kong.
This is a bit rushed so i hope it makes sense.

COAPE have trained behaviourists CAPBT - COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers

PS I do sympathise . Pip had SA when I adopted him a few years ago. he still does the occasional howl now and then but I can leave him for some hours and he is fine.
 
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