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    Hi Yinjury. Have you considered company for him? I wouldn't recommend running out and buying another dog in case it isn't the answer - but maybe there is a rescue group nearby to you that you could foster one for to give it a try?

    And Hi Nat. It's not cruel to keep your new boy inside. If he's anxious and has had a dodgy past he will relish security. He would probably love his own crate inside. I often find mine will go and sleep in it when it's open, and have no problem staying in it if I'm out or at night - it becomes like their den. They aren't all that cheap, but you can sometimes get a good soft crate off ebay for a good price, and if he's using it every day it makes for good value in the long run.
    It can also be good sometimes to shut them into a smaller space if you're out at work or overnight - it not only stops them wandering about and getting into mischief but lying quietly makes it easier for them to hang on and not wee on the floor...

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    Hi there, unfortunately there was not a lot of information given for my Buddy from the staffy rescue. They presume he's about 2 years old, but he was a pound dog and nobody came to collect him, and was not microchipped so yeah unfortunately there is no history there.
    I have tried leaving for say 5 minutes at a time, or leaving the door shut and staying in another room etc.. I think he will be ok once he learns our routine
    I haven't had a staffy before, this is my first dog for MANY years! He is very obedient otherwise and gets loads of exercise when we are at home and lots of attention etc. I've tried to 'dog proof' my home as much as possible (no shoes on the ground, things out of reach on the table / benches etc). We shall see what state the place is in when I get home this afternoon !!!

    Natalie.

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    Oh and thanks for your information Nattylou, I haven't heard much about crates etc before, but sounds like a great idea. I will look into it.. as for limiting the space I have most of the doors closed as possible (lounge room etc) so he only really has the dining room, kitchen and upstairs bedroom (unfortunately the door doesn't shut properly up here!) to run around in. I have a feeling that after he calms down he will most likely sleep on the bed (which is his favorite place when we are out!).

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    I got a 42 inch crate (which is big enough for a great dane) on ebay for $140 for Mia.This is their store
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    I've just posted a new thread about this, but I thought I would let you all know that Buddy broke through the closed cat door (its only plastic so I guess it wasn't hard!) broke two fences and then out on the street. Fortunately someone took him to a nearby vet - who then took him to marrickville council. I can pick him up tommorrow morning, although I'm not sure how I can stop him from doing something like this again!!

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    I know this is an old discussion but I was wondering how you both went? I have a 7 year old staffy and we have just moved and she is being a nightmare! She went through a window last week, removed the metal frame and all !!! I've seen a specialist vet about her and he has prescribed Prozac .. I'm just not sure I want to do that to her.

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    Crate, crate, crate, crate, crate and crate!

    Dog is safe, and once taught that the crate is a safe, enjoyable place to sleep they are very happy in there. I have a 17week old pup who is crated every time I'm not home and sometimes when I need a moments peace while at home!

    He sleeps in there when he decides he wants a nap too.

    You can get very very sturdy crates and they last for years. They are more than worth the investment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissMolly View Post
    I know this is an old discussion but I was wondering how you both went? I have a 7 year old staffy and we have just moved and she is being a nightmare! She went through a window last week, removed the metal frame and all !!! I've seen a specialist vet about her and he has prescribed Prozac .. I'm just not sure I want to do that to her.
    Staffies are so easily rattled

    I would definitely give her the Prozac and see how she goes. Anything is better than them injuring themselves and breaking out of the house.

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    I can relate to separation anxiety unfortunately!!! I have 2 Whippets and when I had one he was really bad. He's a quiet dog so he didn't make noise (apart from a whimper) but he literally started to tear off pieces of the house, dig holes, chew the skirting boards and much more.. this is a really good link to train your dog (and you!) on taming the needy, the most important thing your dog has to learn is that nothing bad will happen while you are away and that you will come back as this is what is disturbing him

    Separation Anxiety In Dogs – How To Treat It|Pet Library

    You have to be strict with it! I had trouble when I got my second dog as the new one developed sep anxiety as well! We are renters also and can't have a dog door and our new pup is much louder. I have caved and let them sleep inside at night but out during the day. Their bladders are easily trained with patience!

    I take mine for a run in the morning and in the evening (they are Whippets so go mad without it) - the morning run is really important especially if you work during the day as it will tire him out. If you are time poor in the morning get up 15 mins earlier and throw a ball off lead for 15 mins at the park

    Another thing that really keeps mine entertained is FROZEN raw bones the bigger the more time it takes them to get through it and keeps them occupied!

    Try only putting certain toys out at a time and rotate them - dogs get bored if they have the same toys out all the time

    Kongs are really good also KONG Pet Toys - Legendary Strength, Quality, and Performance I put liver treats and peanut butter in them and give them to them frozen.

    The most important steps are the ones in the first link I sent.

    It can be really frustrating and difficult I know but patience and perseverance is the best advice I can offer as someone who went through this twice!!!

    Good Luck!

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