First time poster, and have come on here via a google search.
I'm a little dressed with my current situation, and am seeking some help or assistance.
So here is my current situation. We had two dogs for quite a number of years, and two years ago mum and dad moved into a retirement village, so we adopted their dog. I had a Maltese and a mini foxie, and dads dog is a foxie also. So the three of them were great mates. We had to put the Maltese down in Jan this year and the mini foxie down around 3 weeks ago.
Now the foxie, whois around 7, has developed separation anxiety. The mini foxie that died a few weeks ago was clearly the pack lead so I guess the remaining dog is looking to me as his new pack leader. When we leave the house, he cries and barks / howls. He is not destroying anything, but is quite distressed.
What I have done is try to de-sensitize him from our leaving queues, taking him on walks twice a day if we can, we have a pheromone collar on him, we ignore him before we leave and when we come back, I leave him treats like bones and a kong and I think that covers it.
So for the first week after new collar I think that we were making some progress, then last week I was not able to regularly walk him diue to health issues, and my wife was home for two days straight. After the two days my wife was at home, he started to stress out again when nobody was home for three hours. So now it app eras that we are back to square one, he cries and frets if I leave for even two minutes.
What are my options? My wife wants to get another dog, but from my research I don't think it will solve his problem. I have spoken to the vet who has said that I am doing the right things and should continue as best I can for another week before we consider mess or anything like that.
The foxie is an outside dog, so no fear of him destroying anything, abut he has managed to get out once.
So what advice can anyone give me? I am quite stressed as this cannot be sustained for the dog or for my family or my sanity !!