Hi! So, my boyfriend and I just got a 1 year old GSD. After the poor thing endured a 7.5 hour trip, we got him on Saturday night. He's a sweetheart, and took to us almost immediately. He's already accepted us as Alphas, shows no aggression (even under highly stressful situations) and is very affectionate.
We have a few concerns, though:
1. Separation Anxiety. He can't handle even being one room away from us
. Even separated by a glass door and able to see us, he whines and cries. We tried letting him have free reign at night. I slept on the couch by him until about 6 am (he woke me up wanting a walk). I left him alone, and within 20 minutes he was barking and whining. We left him for 2 hours, just being upstairs sleeping, and he destroyed the carpet trying to dig and chew his way under the door. We have no idea how to work with him on this, and hate the idea of leaving him kenneled or crated for extended periods of time, like during work. How can we help him work past the anxiety?
2. Neutering. He's 14 months old. We had pretty much decided to do it, until we got him and saw how skinny he is. The vet cleared him for flight and said he's healthy except he MIGHT have worms. He's seeing a vet tomorrow about that and for a general checkup. Unfortunately, his ribs are not only visible, but very prominent when you feel his sides. Additionally we've heard a lot of mixed things about the appropriate time to neuter GSDs because of the need for proper growth. Any comments?
Here's some pics.. BONUS QUESTION: we think he might be a mix, maybe some collie. Thoughts?