Guest SoleSky Posted February 10, 2016 Share Posted February 10, 2016 I adopted Suki a little over a month ago, and things have been great so far! She is well adjusted to home life, loves sleeping and lazing around, enjoys her food, squeakers, doing zoomies at the park with friends. All around she is an excellent dog. We just have one problem... Separation Anxiety. I am a veterinary student and my schedule is like a normal work day. Usually I leave around 7:30am and come home around 12:00pm to let her out and go back to class around 1:00pm and get home around 4:00 pm. I have been kenneling her during that time and she gets a lot of goodies: Frozen kong with PB + treats, nylabones, safe toys, etc. She has a bed and a blanket in there as well. I have been giving every meal inside of the crate. Most treats have been in the crate. Raw turkey necks - in the crate, etc. I'm trying really hard to positively associate the crate. When I come home, she is not allowed out until she is calm, which she has learned very quickly. I set up a camera while I'm at school so I can watch her and I noticed that she whines and pants a lot. Has trouble settling down. Unfortunately, this week she chewed up her crate tray which was extremely worrisome as there may have been sharp pieces - however she passed a few and has been acting fine. I switched it to a horse stall mat, which is very thick and basically impenetrable. Then I noticed that she may have bent one of the crate bars slightly and I'm worried about her fracturing teeth. I started supplementing her with melatonin (3mg) in the morning before class. I also bought a calming spray that I apply to her paws and back fur - this just got here today. I have a radio that plays while she is gone as well. It seemed like the melatonin was working - until the most recent incidents. I tried leaving her out of her crate, to see if she was worried about being confined, but that seemed even worse! Pacing, howling, drooling, and a urination accident. She wouldn't even calm down to sleep once. I tried leaving her with another dog (her friend who she knows) and that didn't help either. Honestly, she is just distraught when I am not with her. I am considering Prozac, but will give her a bit more time to calm down. I know Prozac has a 6 week period before it can be effective so I would like to relieve her suffering sooner rather than later. I just want her to be happy. Some days it seems like we're making progress, and others it seems like we've jumped two steps back. I would love to hear your advice, or encouragement - or even just tell me it will get better eventually. For her sake, I want her to be happy. So sorry for this incredibly long post, I just wanted to provide the whole story. I've read about alone training but typically don't have time until the weekends. Plus I have a roommate and I feel really bad when I leave because she will whine and I know that can get annoying. As I am sitting here, I have her in her crate and she is completely calm, sleeping even. However, as soon as I leave she worries if I'll ever come back. I am going to get working on alone training ASAP! I am sorry there are so many posts about separation anxiety already, I just feel like every situation is different but am willing to put in whatever effort it takes for her to get over this. Thank you. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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