How do you help a dog with separation anxiety?

About 7 months ago I adopted a 5 month old puppy from Mexico. She was very skittish when we got her but is now getting better. She is scared of strangers and barks and growls at people she does not know. She has never showed any signs of agression other then that and is really the sweetest dog ever. I need to know how to deal with this. Also when we are not home she likes to whine and cry and tears the house apart. we started crating her but she bends the metal and gets out. if u leave anything close to the kennel she pulls it through and chews it. Im at my whits ends and cant take it anymore. I cant tie her up outside because of her growling/barking at strangers and i cant leave her inside. like i said she is soooo sweet and snuggly towards us I just cant bear to get rid of her or have her put down because she bites a stranger. We have socialized her and she comes everywhere with us but I NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3 Responses to “How do you help a dog with separation anxiety?”

  1. juicyfruitishandsome says:

    you just pay attention to it and love it…..

  2. Kat says:

    NO NO don’t crate your dog. Would you like to be in a jail? My husky did the same thing for awhile. They do grow out with age. Block off a section of your house and makes sure your dog has plenty of toys. Spray everything down that you don’t want to be chewed on with no chew spray/ It really works, you can probably pick it up at walmart. its made with mostly rosemary. Give your dog a good walk or time outside before you leave as well. This has worked for me. Goodluck!

  3. dorothy s says:

    Please do not consider leaving you dog outside. The following is copied from my archives, sorry it refers to a male dog.

    If your dog suffers from separation anxiety don’t give him free access to every room in your house when you leave him. . If you allow him free access you are doubling his burden. As well as having separation anxiety he will think that he has to guard every room in your house.

    If he is restricted to one room he will not see you leave. You could also con him into thinking that you are always at home by carrying out the following procedure.
    Try to do this when you are at home all day, or in the evening when you are there. After your dog has had a long walk, put him in a room with his comfortable bed, this should be a room where you will leave him if you need to go out and where your dog will sleep at night.
    Walk out of the room and close the door. Open the door immediately and go back into his room, close the door behind you and try to ignore him. Pretend or actually do something which excludes your dog, for example if he is in the bathroom you could do a bit a cleaning for a couple of minutes. Then walk out of the room, go back again immediately and continue with the pretence. Keep doing this to ensure that your dog won’t feel isolated and eventually leave a small gap before you go into his room again. Over a period of days increase the gap before going back into his room. When you know that your dog is asleep stop going into the room, however you MUST try to go onto the room before he wakes up and starts to cry. If you carry out this procedure for a couple of days, your dog will always think that you are at the other side of the door. I do this when I get a new puppy and this PREVENTS separation anxiety.
    Don’t neglect his long walks and playtime in the garden whilst you are re-training him, he needs his fun
    When you are leaving your dog on his own please don’t make a dramatic exit, or this will give the game away. Simply put him into his room and walk out. When you come home don’t give him a big hello, just walk into his room and let him out for a pee. You can then play with him and give him cuddles.
    Please don’t get a dog if it has to be left alone all day. Try to get a friend or a professional to take him out for pees and poos, if you need to leave him for any length of time…