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Mariah | 10 months ago
I Think My Dog Has Separation Anxiety. He Gets Very Sad And Freaks Out When He …

I think my dog has separation anxiety. He gets very sad and freaks out when he knows we are leaving and cries nonstop. I was wondering if there was a way to make him more comfortable at home when we will be going to work?

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Sarah
9 months ago

Good morning- anxiety is something that takes time, patience and in my opinion routine. Routine definitely helps. When your dog learns that they can expect “x,y,z” at certain times, and can depend on that routine, it builds trust. There are also other things like leaving a radio on low while you’re gone, walks/exercise to get them good and relaxed before you go, chew toys and toys you can hide a treat like peanut butter in for them to work on while you’re out…. I will also say that making walks a priority part of your daily routine helps a ton.… Read more »

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Kate Reisinger | 1 year ago
I Have A 14 Month Old Pit Mix That Has Terrible Anxiety. He Is Terrified Of Being …

I have a 14 month old pit mix that has terrible anxiety. He is terrified of being by himself, even if we are just behind the closed door using the bathroom. He cries terribly & will pace the house until we’re done. If I take a shower or bath I leave the door open so he feels a little better, but he then cries & tries to grab my arm to pull me out (not in an aggressive way). When people come into the house he paces, jumps, & whines for them. He also does this outside when he sees people or other dogs. He is told “down” when he jumps & warned with the beeping noise on his training collar. He will sit but it is very hard for him to stay still, as he continues to whine, shakes, & then rolls into the ground. It’s like he knows to listen & tries very hard but literally can not stay still. He also is terrified of thunder & the sound the trash truck makes. When those sounds are occurring he runs right under the table & won’t come out. We are in the process of training & we were told by them that they also think he has anxiety. They think he would be able to comprehend better if it was under control. I have been researching non stop for things to help with this major issue. I don’t want him on prescription anxiety meds that cause him to seem “sedated” & not like himself (that happened with my family dog). I have come across a tablet to help with separation anxiety & the behaviors that come with it. It is called clomicalm & every review or story I have read about it was positive. I really do think this could be a successful choice for him IF I know this is something that is not harmful. There are possible side effects that could occur but that could happen with pretty much any medication humans or pets. This tablet does not cause dogs to seem drowsy from what I’ve read from people’s experiences & has a high success rate to treat anxiety. We have tried natural treats, oils, thunder vests, etc. & nothing has helped him in the slightest bit. I just want to know if this something that would be okay for him to take daily or even okay to take at all?

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
It sounds like it is time to get help from a behaviorist. Please ask your vet for a referral and also ask them about medications to help bridge the gap as you start to help him overcome his fears and anxieties. Medications can help but they should not be used without also implementing training, socialization and behavior modification therapy. I hope this helps and I hope your pup gets help soon.

Sarah
1 year ago

I agree with Dr. Magnifico. A behaviorist will be money very well spent and will benefit ALL of you. Very best of luck. Don’t give up!!💛🐾

Laura
1 year ago

I agree with the others – find a behaviorist. I’d also invest time in a sport of some sort. This can help build the confidence it sounds like he lacks.

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Laura Bekkers | 2 years ago
My Almost Two Year Old Min Pin Got Pregnant By Our Other Dog Neither Are…

My almost two year old min pin got pregnant by our other dog neither are fixed but are separated during her heat he stays with someone else our pregnant girl had some health issues which prevented her from being fixed and then her appointment to finally get fixed was cancelled when we discovered she was pregnant. This seems very irresponsible but there are lots of reasons why we didn’t fix and we’re about to and now it is too late. Any advice about keeping one puppy from a litter if you own the mom and dad??

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Laura
1 year ago

You CAN spay her while pregnant – it’s called an emergency spay, and it’s expensive, but it’s best for all involved. Please do this.

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Elizabeth Spar | 2 years ago
My 2 Kittens Were Spayed Last Week And Both Have Developed A Seroma. One Of…

My 2 kittens were spayed last week and both have developed a seroma. One of which is leaking a bit. We have 2 other cats and never experienced this with the others. The vet said they are caused by being overactive, is this accurate? They were both relatively calm and quiet for most of the week after their spay and these just developed within the past 2 days. After we had them rechecked at the vet Monday, they told us to separate them and basically quarantine them to separate bedrooms. We tried this yesterday but keeping them isolated has just caused them to be overactive when they finally get to come back out. We don’t want to make them go crazy from the isolation. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you in advance!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I can’t really offer an opinion for the surgery or after care. And I’m not sure that blame or identification of underlying cause is helpful at this point. I do however think it is relevant and appropriate for you to inquire who did the surgery and what their experience level is. You can get a copy of the doctors notes and ask the vet if perhaps surgical technique was a part of the seroma. I see these as learning opportunities not sources of blame. Then ask for help in getting your kittens through this. Collectively and productively. If you… Read more »

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Carrie Ngugi | 2 years ago
I Have A 6 Month Old Beagle That Is Pretty Consistent About Using Potty Pads…

I have a 6 month old beagle that is pretty consistent about using potty pads near the front door of the house, however, he loves to chew them up. I want to transition him to going potty outside but have a few roadblocks…my work schedule has me leaving at 7:30am and getting home for lunch at 1:15pm. During that almost 6 hour stint at work, i have my dog confined to a tiled area with his food, water, potty pads, and a small crate with chew toys. I keep the crate open because he goes nuts inside the crate and will go potty in the crate when im not there….i think he may have some separation anxiety. He is fine with being in the crate as long as im near. He typically goes potty before i leave for work and while im home for lunch, but then i head back to work for another 4 hours. After i get home from work he will go potty and have play/exercise time. He has gone potty outside before on a number of occassions but typically takes 45 minutes to go outside as he is easily distracted. We live on a very busy street in a complex where there are no fenced yards so letting him outside without a leash or lead is not an option. I will say that my dog loves sleeping in his crate at night and for the most part holds his stuff in at night. Given the roadblocks of my work schedule and his sepatation anxiety how would i transition him to going outside? He would have to hold his potty for 6 hours in the mornings and unless i restrict water and food its just not feasible….and i dont have financial wiggle room for a dog walker or doggy daycare…. What would you suggest i try?

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Sarah
2 years ago

Good mornng? I think it is great that you have a work schedule that allows you to be home for lunch. Part of potty training them to go outside is getting them to realize that outside is the ideal place to “go”. Treats and praise each time they go outside is how we train. If there is an accident in the house, we just point it out, say “oh no”, and then quietly clean it up. I find that just letting them know you are disappointed and then going about the business of cleaning it up, is a good way… Read more »

Laura
2 years ago

Toss the pee pads. They’re problematic and can cause obstructions if he eats them. Instead, stick to your routine and CRATE him rather than letting him roam, even in the kitchen. This means you need to train him to like the crate. Feed him in there, look up Susan Garrett’s “Crate Games” online and utilize the methods mentioned. Work on some mental games before crating so he’s tired. Keep sessions short for now, so he realizes he will be allowed out once he’s not losing his mind about being in there…and DO NOT let him out until he’s calm. Don’t… Read more »

Laura
2 years ago

Oh, one other thing – meal feed. He must eat all of his breakfast before you leave for the morning (and if he wanders away from it, pick it up and give it to him at dinner). At 6 months he shouldn’t need a lunch anymore. Feed his second meal once you get home. This makes for reliable stool, and makes life a LOT easier on you.

Laura
2 years ago

Oh, one other thing – meal feed. He must eat all of his breakfast before you leave for the morning (and if he wanders away from it, pick it up and give it to him at dinner). At 6 months he shouldn’t need a lunch anymore. Feed his second meal once you get home. This makes for reliable stool, and makes life a LOT easier on you.

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Sarah | 2 years ago
Hi Pawbly Friends- My Mom Was Dog Sitting Tonight So That We Could Take The Kiddos…

Hi pawbly friends-
My mom was dog sitting tonight so that we could take the kiddos trick or treating and there was a fight between all three of our guys. Do not know the trigger. Our old guy is limping around and is pretty slow, and our girl is limping a bit. Our new guy seems no worse for the wear. My question is whether or not it is ok to keep them separated tonight or will that backfire on me for tomorrow when I take them for a walk to try and pack up again to move past this setback?

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2 years ago

Hi Sarah, I’m glad everything seems okay now. I would keep a close eye on them – someone gave a side eye to someone else, and obviously a fight broke out. You said you have two males, and that always concerns me, ESPECIALLY with breeds like GSDs. Good luck.

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Leah Gray | 2 years ago
Hello Again, Ive Posted Before About My 6mth Old Neutered Male Kitten. He Has Terrible…

Hello again, Ive posted before about my 6mth old neutered male kitten. He has terrible gas. I have added another food bowl to slow down his eating since I do have another cat and I feed them both Purina One Sensitive System…. the separate bowl seemed to worked for a while (since the food has been the same)but now the stinky butt is back 🙂 other then the gas he is just as crazy and loving as ever. Is there anything else I can do? A probiotic?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

I would also have a fecal sample sent to the lab to look for parasites. And try a probiotic. Start there. And try a different food. I like canned for for indoor cats with obesity or gi problems. Let us know what happens.

Laura
2 years ago

Have you tried other foods? I would think this food does not agree with his system.

Laura
2 years ago

I would also consult the vet who suggested putting him on a sensitive system food. They might have ideas for you.

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Brenda Webb | 2 years ago
I Adopted A 4 Year Old Rescue Small Lab Mix About 2 Weeks Ago. She…

I adopted a 4 year old rescue small lab mix about 2 weeks ago. She is already deeply attached to me, and is starting to show some separation anxiety. Keeping her contained and safe while I’m at work has become a challenge. My Boston Terrier is content gated in the kitchen, but my rescue Duchess simply climbs over the gate. So I put her in a crate and I have attached a pic of the result (it’s sideways). She had bloodied her mouth and scraped her muzzle. The last couple of days I’ve left her loose in the house and hoped for the best. I saw evidence of her trying to push the gate through to get into the kitchen – to be with my other dog? I don’t know. Any advice is welcome.

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Sarah
2 years ago

Hi there!! Thanks for rescuing. We just rescued another GSD this week and are going through the same thing- separation anxiety. I’m using a lot of patience and I’m walking the soles of my shoes off with him? No, seriously, long walks seem to help. More so than a good romp around the yard with our other young one. So what I did yesterday that really helped, was had him romp with her for about a half hour after right before human dinner, then ate quick, then walked him (while my other two stayed home) for a good long walk-… Read more »

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2 years ago

If you’re located near Dr. M, I’d look into obedience classes near you – 4Paws has a selection of classes to consider. She might be otherwise obedient, but classes will help to make her feel more secure in her position in your home, and will help her settle now that she’s past the 2 week introduction phase. More info about training classes at 4Paws here: http://www.4pawsspaonline.com/training.html Kathy Forthman’s a good trainer.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello! There are lots of things I would recommend. First of all exercise is my first and constant default. 1. Start taking long walks before you leave for the day. A tired dog is always a better behaved dog. See if this helps. 2. Ask me (I’m her vet) ☺️ About solliquin. 3. Try DAP. Dog appeasing pheromone. There is a lot of great evidence to support its efficacy. 4. Try a radio or tv while you’re away. 5. Try a video monitoring device. See if watching her and intervening helps assuage her chewing. 6. Ask about a neighbor or… Read more »

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Courtney Hiruko | 2 years ago
Very Attatched Dog Me And My Girlfriend Live Together In A Studio And She Adopted A…

Very Attatched Dog
me and my girlfriend live together in a studio and she adopted a dog from humane society and he is 5 years old while we were dating in January. For the first couple months she overly babied him, slept in the same bed, gave him a lottt of attention, and didn’t train him (i was around every other week due to traveling for sports) and then we noticed it has become a problem due to him using her as protection from people and dogs, not listening to things he is told, only coming up to her and not me or anyone else. He doesn’t really care for treats, food, toys, etc. he only cares about my girlfriend. The dog is very unhealthily attached to her. he has separation anxiety and we give him pills but doesn’t really work with the pacing and being very attention needy. He doesn’t respond to me and when i call him he runs to my girlfriend who is across the room instead of me. even when she makes any kind of noise he gets up and goes to her. when she is studying he will just stare at her or stand behind her for a very long period of time. when it’s just me and my girlfriend, he will always look past me and to her. i feed and water and walk and give him treats but he does not care about me at all and i’ve been here the whole time and live with him. when i am about to take him a walk i call him and hold his leash and ask him to sit and turns around and runs to my girlfriend but if she does it he sits and is ready to go. when i take him on walks he will not listen to me when she’s not around and act up. sometimes he even looks at people like maybe they are her and not take his eyes off them when she’s in the apartment studying. When we both take him on a walk and she’s throwing away his poop around a wall he goes crazy because she’s away from him and he doesn’t listen and pulls. when i come home and my girlfriend is already home he doesn’t even get up or when she’s not there he peeks to see if it’s her and sometimes he’ll walk up to the door and look for her but i’m the only one and he just goes to his bed after i pet him a couple times and he realizes she’s not there. but when she comes home he gets so excited that he pees everywhere. but when i go up to him and say hi he doesn’t even wag his tail. when he gets up he goes to her and if she ignores him then he will come to me but if i get him excited he associates it with her and runs up to her and ignores that i exist again. also when she’s home he gets up and paces and walks up to her a million times throughout the day and when she’s not home and it’s just me he stays in his bed. it just sucks and we’ve been trying a bunch of stuff that the internet says to do such as don’t let him sleep on the bed, use the “go to your spot” command (which we end up saying atleast 80 times a day), other person gives him love and food, ignore the seeking attention and etc etc. nothing helps. i’ve noticed when she gives him more attention than usual he starts to act up and not listen more. he is just so attatched and we’ve been trying to work on it for months.

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Sarah
2 years ago

Hi- Sorry that this has become such an issue. I think at this point, you really need to enlist the help of a behaviorist. Someone well trained and experienced in dog and human behaviors and interactions. Your vet should be able to help you find someone reputable. It will be money well spent. Look at it as an investment well worth it. You could also see if your local humane society has a behaviorist that could assist, but I really feel like a behaviorist is how you will be able to help your pup and your household. Best of luck… Read more »

Laura
2 years ago

I understand your frustration – your dog is frustrated, too. He has no rules, so he acts the way he’s been taught. I agree with Sarah, you need an excellent trainer to work with everyone in the house. You and your girlfriend need to know how to set and reinforce rules, and the dog needs to understand what the rules are, and how good it is to live within those rules.

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Amaury Reyes | 2 years ago
Hello, My Name Is Amaury And I Recently Rescued A Male (Yorkie/Poodle) (the Vet Told…

Hello, my name is Amaury and I recently rescued a male (Yorkie/Poodle) (the vet told me he could be anywhere from 4 to 5 years old) and I introduced him to my older male dog (Yorkie/Maltese) whose 6 years old. My mom and I took both of the dogs out for walks. I’m walking my newer dog (Max) and my mom is walking my older dog (Yogi Bear). Side by side we walk around the neighborhood. For awhile nothing happens until we return back home. I realize now I probably shouldn’t have been doing this all in one day but max had no other place to go. The aggression in yogi begins as soon as we get to the front of the house. Yogi bear quickly turns on Max and fights him. Max is calm and doesn’t react with aggression. Max is just scared at this point. The aggression in yogi continues as we enter the house. We know Yogi has to be the first to everything so I let yogi in first and than max. The aggression continues inside the house within yogi and wants to snap at max. I learned some tips online and the past two days I’ve been making improvements with yogi. I praise him with treats and love when he’s calm. Obviously its my older dog Yogi Bears’ territory so I completely understand his frustration. I don’t know if they might ever get along but I have hope. Its been two days and I know can’t expect results this fast but I guess I’m just looking for a glimmer of hope because I don’t want to give my rescued dog away after all that he’s been through. It wasn’t our decision to rescue a dog he just fell into our laps and he’s really a great dog with no aggression except a little food aggression when I put my hand near his bowl but he’s already made some improvements with some tips I learned online. I’m guessing he just needed some real love. I keep them in separate rooms so they don’t fight. I feed yogi first then max. Max is very trainable. He’s a very obedient dog. It’s my older dog yogi who has the territorial aggression toward max. Today I ran with them with my brother holding onto max and side by side we got them both really tired. We go to my living room and I have them on two separate leashes with my brother holding onto yogi bear. Nothing happens for about 10 maybe 15 minutes. The exercise worked for the time being. They were resting right next to each other at 3 to 4 feet apart with yogi bear not being aggressive at all. But once the energy came back for yogi he was ready to snap and fight max again. When that happens, I just pick up yogi and put him down again. I grab a treat and I wait till he’s calm and I praise him when he is. When he doesn’t stay calm I correct him without any aggression. You can sense Max is scared but he is not at all aggressive. I always have their leashes on just in case but I’m hoping in the weeks or months to come I can have them off and leave them home alone together without any worries. I called a trainer and he told me theirs no use in spending money on training either of them which really left me really sad and discouraged because he never even came over to meet the dogs. He told me to get rid of max because my older dog yogi bear is too territorial just based of what I told him. I am not giving him away. I made that decision already. Please Help. Thank you. YOGI BEAR IS THE GREYISH BLONDE DOG. MAX IS THE DARK BROWN AND BLACK.

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2 years ago

Good morning? I think it is great that you are rescuing another dog and giving him a chance. When we rescued our latest dog, they recommended a “2 week shut down”. If you look it up online, it may help give you some more tips. I believe it is a Victoria Stillwell article, but I’m pretty sure a lot of rescues recommend it and it should be fairly easy to find. I also think you are doing the right thing with walks. Walks help establish pack order… it’s clear that right now things are unstable, but as you said, it… Read more »