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    Hi Everyone,

    I have a 2.5 years old male westie named Miki.
    He seems to suffer separation anxiety. anyone with the same problem here?

    what happen is, everytime when i leave home, he become stress, banging on the door, whinning, crying and even barking.
    The vet prescribed him with valium but doesnt seem to work on him as he gets crazier after having valium. so we stop the medication.

    now all i can do is training him by ignoring him 10-15 minutes before leaving home, and do the same thing when i get home. giving him toys and chewing bones when i leave.

    can anyone with the same problem help me here? my neighbors have been complaining and this give me a big headache everytime i leave him alone at home.

    Thanks guys

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    If the medication isn't working, then your dog will just have to get 'used' to you leaving.
    Try putting on your shoes, grabbing your bag/keys etc. and walk around the house. Your dog will have noticed these as cues to you leaving and become anxious before you even go.
    Don't make your welcomes and goodbyes over the top. When you get home, ignore him/her for 10 minutes, then give attention.
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    Hi,

    My second dog which I rescued is a digger out of separation anxiety. He digs when he is left alone. He follows me around the house like shadow. He is ok if he is left with my mini schnauzer or a person. When he left alone by himself, I give something to do such as raw bone which he can be occupied for at least 20 minutes, then somehow his anxiety does not seem to bother that much. I think your dog sounded a bit more serious than him though.

    As we both work full time, we trained mini sch from very early on. No fuss before and after work. Even we are at home, we wear work shoes and have keys in our pockets etc so that he is less sensitive towards cues. Last night I took my shih tzu for walk with my oh. My mini sch kept sleeping.

    I am sure you are aware of this but everything is gradual. If he is 2.5 year old of age and his separation anxiety is getting worse, expect equal amount time to be retrained. It is also a good idea to exercise the dog before being left alone.

    Does he stay outside? Can he go inside?
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    Hi, new to the forum but really need help with separation anxiety issues.

    Like the OP, my Milly has similar issues.

    A bit of background info:

    Milly is a JRT cross Beagle about 3 years old. We have another dog, Mini Fox Terrier named Chilli (about 4 yrs) and a cat Drift. All our furbabies were fostered by friends while we had our house on the market for sale, and then when we moved to Brisbane and looked for a pet-friendly rental. Altogether, they have been living away from my husband and I for about 6 weeks. We visited them regularly during that time.

    The dogs have always had separation anxiety even while in Darwin but if anything, it's now 10 times worse! I believe Milly is more anxious than Chilli, as he kind of follows her.

    Now that we have found a rental property and been reunited, it seems Milly is terrified we'll never come back. Whenever we leave the house, there are Kongs (of different varieties), treat balls and chewy toys lying around the house. But she doesn't seem to play with them, until we come home then she starts chewing and eating the treats! I should note, all our furbabies stay indoors while we're out.

    She barks and howls and whines and cries. We don't make a big deal about leaving the house either.

    I feel really bad for her as I hate seeing her like this.

    I hope to get some useful advice to help her calm down. Thanks in advance!

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    Hi, I have just started a thread above before I read yours. My dog has similar problems, although he is more destructive than yours. I am devastated you haven't had any success with meds, I was hoping that would do the trick with my dog

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaar View Post
    Hi, I have just started a thread above before I read yours. My dog has similar problems, although he is more destructive than yours. I am devastated you haven't had any success with meds, I was hoping that would do the trick with my dog
    Treatment of true sep. anxiety is a very lengthy and can be rather complex proces. It often requires a help of an expert
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    Treatment of true sep. anxiety is a very lengthy and can be rather complex proces. It often requires a help of an expert
    I'm very aware of that (17 mnth and ongoing) and have sought help. No results so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaar View Post
    I'm very aware of that (17 mnth and ongoing) and have sought help. No results so far.
    You have some possible answers and links in another topic you've opened.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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