What to Do with my Dog who has Developed Separation Anxiety?


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    “My Boston Terrier dog is 4 years old. The only time he’s been left completely alone is when he was younger than a year then I moved to another Home with other dogs. Just recently I moved to my own place with my new wife. I tried putting him in a cage because he began marking. Thought I would do that as I waited too get him fixed. But he destroys the cage when I leave, bends metal and will scratch till his paws bleed even if I’m gone 25 minutes. So we tried letting him roam the house in a thunder jacket but he now will scratch the door . Deep. I love him to death and don’t want to get rid of him seeing as how I dont think anybody else will tolerate him doing this. He’s the best dog when I’m around and only want to lay with me and show me love but he won’t stay alone I tried the Thunder jacket and leaving a radio or TV on for him and no luck. Has anybody had this problem will getting him a new companion help or is it all the new home. I don’t have a lot of money and can’t afford him destroying doors and other things but don’t have the heart to bring him somewhere they may put him down. Anybody who has loved their dog as I do and looked into their beautiful dogs souls through there buldgy eyes must understand but I don’t know what to do any suggestions?”

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    Megan Condon Connolly

    I would start with getting him fixed in addition to the other suggestions.

    Nicky Robinson

    I’m sure the move will have initiated the anxiety as I had the same problem with my little one. I started out by leaving her for a few minutes at a time, gradually increasing the time. I also gave her one of my unwashed sweaters to sleep on while I was out. It took a lot of patience and time but eventually it worked out. She still gets a little anxious when I put my coat on, but usually goes and lies down after a few calming words.

    Shawna Roongsang

    try leaving your worn tshirt in his cage with him, he will have your scent with him.

    Paul Hoffmann

    I got my dog a kitten for his 3rd birthday… They are best friends Cats are so easy to take care of than another dog and these to play like 2 kids.. Hope this helps

    Every situation is unique but I would start by seeing if there’s something about your behavior you can change. Not that you’re being bad or wrong…just remember that dogs are extremely social and take their cues from the “Alpha dog” – you. Personally, I’d forget the thundershirt and go back to the basics. Start off very small – leave him alone 10 minutes at a time (maybe while you’re working outside?) and reward or punish him appropriately when you come back inside. Reward: Little treat. Punishment: No treat and ignore him. Catching him in the act is best – then… Read more »