One day we were asked to puppy sit for a week. The agreement was we’d get to play with a puppy for a week and make $50 in the end. A year later we’re just as broke as we were before and the puppy is now an awkward 60-pound dog they never came back for.
Training has just recently started working so there’s hope on the horizon, but my fiance and I are still stuck at home with him all the time. He has the worst separation anxiety and barks (and barks and barks and barks) and scratches up doors when we’re gone. Assuming he would ever calm down and stop is a mistake. He’s done it for hours on end before.
I need help. I have absolutely no idea how to calm him down. Our cat and other dog are his best friends and they stay home with him, so it’s not like he’s totally alone. Can any offbeat homies help me with my dog’s separation anxiety? Someone tell me there’s hope beyond medicating him. -TA
Ah, separation anxiety…
Surprisingly, since I work at home full time, my dogs don’t have it. But my neighbors’ dogs do. (Imagine the sound of several apartments surrounding a courtyard full of non-stop barking.) Sadly, the only solution for one of my neighbors was to use a bark collar. Hey, it definitely worked to keep the barking down, but I doubt it took care of the actual anxiety problem.
Anyone have advice for treating separation anxiety without using meds, or just treating the symptoms?