Major separation anxiety/ Anxiety

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Greywillow12 Sun 28-Jul-19 19:14:04

Hi I need some helpful advice on where to go online for tips on how do deal with an extremely anxious dog.

Bit of background ddog is 4 y.o Jack Russell terrier. Had since puppy was great wee thing until about a year ago when she got bit and has since developed a fear of other dogs loud noises basically everything.

She barks and whines when out walking when she sees another dog coming and if a dog runs up to her she looks like she would actually bite so I have to move her away as quick as possible . Now resorting to walking her in quite areas. I know isn't helping but I don't want to her to bite another dog.

Her behaviour in the house has gone completely aswell she follows us everywhere will not sit down. She has always been crate trained and if we put her in there now she barks and scratches to get out. She actually sounds horrendous like screaming.

The vet has recommended a behaviour therapist and one to one training but we can't afford it atm. ( Saving up)

I have two children and worried about her. Especially my one year old as she has snarled at her a few times.

Sorry for essay. But do you think there's anything that can be done in the mean time while we save up ? Like someone on YouTube or a good site anyone has tried . I'm desperate as my partner wants to send her back to the breeder but I love her and don't want to part with her.

Thank you for reading.

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Doggymummy86 Sun 28-Jul-19 19:47:57

I’m currently going through something similar.

I’ve just rescued a 2 year old lurcher with severe separation anxiety, I’m meeting with a behaviour specialist on Tuesday to get some help so I can maybe send you some tips once I’ve had my meeting. ?

Greywillow12 Sun 28-Jul-19 20:28:01

That would be great thank you! Sorry to hear your going through the same thing.

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Doggymummy86 Sun 28-Jul-19 20:31:49

I left my boy for a couple of hours the other day and my neighbours told me he howled and cried the whole time 😥 that was enough for me, it’s not his fault he’s been passed for pillar to post in the last 3 months. I’m sure the behaviourist said she will give me a plan of sorts so I will send it to you if I can 🙂 I know how frustrating it is !

Kayjay2018 Sun 28-Jul-19 20:57:06

@Greywillow12 I know this isn't an option financially for everyone, but our rescue had severe separation anxiety and we couldn't leave him even to go in another room.

We started him at a local doggy day care, and within a few weeks had learnt that if we leave, we came back for him. He is absolutely fine being left now. It was a safe way for us to reduce the anxietywith minimal stress to him (he loves it there with the other dog and the lady who runs it)

Doggymummy86 Sun 28-Jul-19 21:08:04

The doggy day care will be my next option if the behaviourist can’t help. It’s a shame they go through this 😥 you just wanna give them a big cuddle 🐾🐶🐾

Kayjay2018 Sun 28-Jul-19 21:32:33

@Doggymummy86 my little man was 8/9 months old and a rescue, never even lived in a home. We have an amazing bond, right from early on, but wasn't healthy for him to be so downright distraught when I left him. He has learned so much at doggy daycare (still loves his cuddles though) I hope it all works out for you

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Doggymummy86 Sun 28-Jul-19 21:46:38

I’ll certainly have a look into doggy day care if I can’t get this to work. He’s a great dog, really loving, protective, listens (sometimes). We’ve no complaints apart from the separation, he’s currently going out on pack walks with my doggy walker so it gets him used to socialising with other doggies. We’ve only had him 3 weeks but I want it out of him before it’s too late 🐾🐶

Doggymummy86 Sun 28-Jul-19 21:47:28

How long can you leave you dog for now ? The longest my pup would be alone is 3 hours max.

Kayjay2018 Mon 29-Jul-19 06:52:39

@Doggymummy86 it's hard to say, have left him when gone to local cinema and also when I have gone out for an evening (always make sure he's had a massive walk before leaving him). Most of the time it will be shorter bursts like popping to the shop.

Greywillow12 Mon 29-Jul-19 13:16:04

Thanks for your replies . Yes I've thought about doggy day care but wasn't sure if they would take her because of her behaviour. I've tried myself to get her used to another family dog but she just goes mental and takes days for her to not be ok high alert.

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