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    More great news! Is an anxiety wrap similar to a thunder shirt?

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    brutusbelle

    Great news on your progress.

    Did you ever try covering up Brutus's crate, and also putting him in the crate for short periods when you're home - to help him be used to it. If you do cover the crate put a sheet of cardboard (moving box or similar) between the crate and the cover to hold the cover away from the sides so your dog can't pull the cover in and rip it up.

    I admit I don't shut the door on the crate at home much but I should but when we're out, my dog does have to sit quietly in the crate when she can see me, and when I'm out of sight. I chuck a handful of treats (kitten kibble) in now and again when she's quiet and ignore her or walk away if she gets loud. If she starts barking when I am approaching the crate - I turn around and go away until she stops - like playing creepy up when I was a kid.

    She's not as anxious as brutus - though when she was younger she was too stressed to eat anything when I was away. Now she will eat some things. I have special treats that are just for when I'm going out or she's got to stay in the crrate or both. Stuff like rawhide chips and roo jerky - I give her before I leave and when she starts eating it, then I leave.

    When I do leave - it can take me a while - I go out, then back for something I forgot then out then back and then out and then back... etc and I think this helps desensitize her too.

    Any new habit you try to train with your dogs - try it for a whole month before giving up on it. Unless it's causing the dog physical pain, in which case give it up immediately.

    I heard of one dog that used to bark continously until the citronella was empty and then he'd bark as normal. But to this day he goes bonkers if he hears a hiss noise like the citronella.

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    The anxiety wrap I think works on a similar principle to the thunder shirt, only it appears to be made of thinner material and has "butt straps" which apparently release tension in the hind quarters. At first Brutus hated the butt straps but they do seem to calm him in situations where he would otherwise really play up (walks, when visitors come or go, and when nobody is home). It really worked well on Belle too so I can't wait until they can both have one - I think it would just about cut the barking altogether. The cheapest place I have found them online is an ebay store called mydoggiescloset - around $45 with postage to Australia. I chose the anxiety wrap over the thundershirt because it was lighter in weight and had the butt straps.

    Brutus is now happy to go into his crate when I'm not home (I think) - he just lies in there with the door open and I think he sleeps there much or the day or on the trampoline bed next to the door. I also put on laundry or the dishwasher before I leave so it's continuous noise for them and they don't notice for a while that I've left. He's also happy to play with the Nina Ottosson toys in a room with the door closed. He seems ok to sleep when I'm out so I make up for that by giving him the food toys when I'm home. BTW I just ordered a bunch of Nina Ottosson toys from Vet N Pet direct. They have about half a dozen plastic ones priced between 20 and about 40 dollars.

    I just wish they sold anxiety wraps in Australia and I found out about them earlier. As much as I put alot of effort into training my dogs they do cop a bit of unavoidable stress because I have a medical problem which requires emergency hospitalisation a few times a year. So you guessed it... they just get more used to being alone then a big red and white truck takes mummy away for a few days. Hopefully with the anxiety wraps they will be better next time that happens.

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    I'll remember the anxiety wrap, though I fortunately won't need it for my dog. I love simple solutions to seemingly complex problems.

    I'm sorry to hear about your medical issues. It must be extra upsetting to go to hospital when you have to leave your dogs behind. I hope the anxiety wrap and the training you've been doing with them will make a difference next time that happens, which I hope won't be for a very long time.

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    I hope so too - it is a big burden to be worried about pets when you go out. One of the girls at work has an elderly dog that plays up so much she has to take him to the neighbours. I told her about the anxiety wrap and she's thinking about it.

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