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Hello,

I have two dogs, about 10 year old both.
One is Attila, an Amstaff whom I bought from a reputable breeder. He is a very good dog, I have him since he is 3 month old.
The other is Grady, a Vizsla/Rodhesian mix. We took Grady from the pond to foster him. He was a bit more than a year old, and was badly treated from his previous owners. When we took him, the association told us that he was a case, an escape artist, very energetic... He get along with Attila so well that we decided to take Grady and find him a family in our neighborhood.
After a couple of month, Grady became part of our family, and we adopted him. He took us a while to stabilize the dog, but he was good after 6-8 months.
My wife and I divorced 3 years later, in good term, so there was no stress in the family. We do not have kids.
I kept both dogs. I am working from home, and exercise a lot, so it was an easy decision.
For the first year of my new life as a single with my dogs, everybody was fine. When I was living the house, they stayed in, even for long time...
Then, after a year or so, Grady had his first crisis, destroying the house, urinating, etc...
I thought it might be a one time crisis... but a couple of month later, it happened again, a t a smaller scale, but enough for me to have him in the house anymore.
Of course, since I have both dogs, they were staying both outside when I was leaving. I live in Florida, so the weather is nice, and they always had access to the laundry and carport to avoid the rain.
Then, Grady started to escape jumping the 6' wood fence. Not regularly, but, some time to time... And he was just staying around the house, like to tell me that I cannot contain him... I live in a dead end street, so I was ok with him doing that, he is very smart, so there was no danger...
Long story short, for the last 5 years, the escapes have increased, he started to invade the neighbors privacy, breaking fences, destroying yards, etc...
Due to the end of patience of my neighbors, whom I understand, I have to keep Grady inside the house.
Grady is under a treatment from one of the top dog behavior specialist of south florida.
Since I have to keep him inside, I decided to install a camera systemn to watch him during my absences.
The poor dog is barking, crying, howling... and urinating, breaking everything, trying to go thru windows, etc... The two last month have been a nightmare...
The medication does not seem working.
Grady needs company 100% of the time. And it does not need to be me, he can be any human, but need to be a human.
I cannot tell you all the stories from the last 5 years, but I have tried everything... Crate, medication, chain, tricks, etc...
The only thing that Grady wants, is a Human presence.
So here I am, here we are, Grady and I, knowing that we cannot keep living like this...
I love both my dogs, I took them to Europe during vacations, weekend in the Keys, etc... but I am sure everyone understand that I cannot be 100% of the time with my dog. Even going to the supermarket for 20 minutes is enough for him to go nut...
So I decided to find Grady a new home, a new place where he would always be with someone. I thought, maybe a farm, a ranch, an association...
I am out of option and at the end of road...
Please, tell me if you have similar stories, and what are your solution...
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
 

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Describe what the specialist had you doing.
Exercises with treats and mat, before departure or simulating departure... Which I think the dog knows exactly what I am doing...

What medication was he on?
Fluoxetine as a daily treatment, and for departure, acepromazine and diazepam... The two last make the dog even more worried because he feels "handicaped"... accentuating the nervousness...

Have you tried dog sitters or doggy daycare?
I have dog sitters, but it's for the everyday outing that my concerns are now, because I cannot call the dog siiter everytime I have appointment with clients, go to do errances, etc...

You are unlikely to find a suitable home for him since even those who are disabled have to leave the house even if it's just to go to the dr occasionally.
I am here to gather idea, suggestion, I might not have thought every possibilities...
Thank you for your help and concerns.

http://www.dogforum.com/training-behavior-stickies/separation-anxiety-29576/
 

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Exercises with treats and mat, before departure or simulating departure... Which I think the dog knows exactly what I am doing...

Are you doing any kind of counter conditioning when you are simulating departure? You're goal should be to get the dog to view each part of your leaving, like putting on shoes, picking up keys, reaching for the door, etc, as causing something good to happen to it, and once you reach that point then you'd start working on actually leaving, then going out the door and closing it etc. It's a very long process but it does work.

Fluoxetine as a daily treatment, and for departure, acepromazine and diazepam... The two last make the dog even more worried because he feels "handicaped"... accentuating the nervousness...

I was worried that acepromazine was one of the drugs, and it was because of the reason you started, it makes the anxiety worse not better. Trying to treat him for SA while using that drug is like trying to dig a hole while the tide is coming in. I'd stop using it, and I just read that diazepam is not a good choice for anxiety. This article is pretty up to date on the drugs available for treating different kinds of anxieties in dogs DogAware.com Articles: Chill Pills -- Anxiety Medications for Dogs

I have dog sitters, but it's for the everyday outing that my concerns are now, because I cannot call the dog siiter everytime I have appointment with clients, go to do errances, etc...

It'd help a lot if someone could stay with him while you work on counter conditioning and behavior modification, but it's totally understandable if you cannot.

I am here to gather idea, suggestion, I might not have thought every possibilities...
Thank you for your help and concerns.
Hopefully you can find something that works for your dog, I know how hard it can be and how frustratingly slow it can go.
 
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