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Mkrieger 02-19-2014 03:20 PM

GSD Rescue with bad anxiety
Hi there,

About 2 months ago we found a GSD on the streets 20 pounds under weight and covered with ticks. Already having 2 dogs (Husky & Aussie) and not being able to let this poor dog not have a good life we decided to keep him. When we first got him he used to just shake and tremble and stare at the wall, it happened more so when we were in the kitchen. The 1st time we left him alone, I actually took my aussie with me (male and the oldest) and left the husky and he ended up eating every blind we have in the house. We then locked him in a room (again without the aussie) and he ate the door panels. After that we didn't leave for long periods of time and just let him roam and he did fine as long as my aussie was there. Now besides that when we first got him he was hopping our fence, so we would stay out there with him to make sure he didn't and also put a piece of wood on top of the gate to make it taller and then he no longer hopped the fence. Everything was going well he gained weight, even started to come in the kitchen when we were cooking and even started taking treats in the kitchen. Then about a week ago when my boyfriend left him (luckily he usually works from home) we noticed he was up against the window and the next day he ate through our screen door and hopped the fence. The day after that I was cooking with the door open and he hopped the fence again. Then we both left for work and he ate through our kitchen window screen and hopped the fence. Luckily we have been able to find him and live on a col de sac so he does not go very far but I don't know why he was doing so well and then not. He is starting to act anxious again and shiver when we are home as well.

- I walk him for 30 minutes before I leave
- I play ball/tug of war with him in the backyard
- I leave cartoons on when I do leave
- I have been making sure my aussie is home with him
- When we do leave for long periods, they are let out every 2-3 hours by a family member.
- I have been thinking about getting a thunder shirt, getting a toy that will reward him when were gone (although he is not too interested with food) and starting an obedience/agility/scent work class with him.
- The vet recommended medication as a last resort, but I really do not want to put him on any medications.

I was just wondering if anyone has gone through this, or if anyone has any extra ideas. I was also wondering since he was doing so well and then not so abruptly if it could be PTSD or something like that?

Thank you!

my boy diesel 02-19-2014 04:25 PM

is he altered?
do you use a crate
or have you?

Mkrieger 02-19-2014 05:05 PM

He is altered, we do have a crate but he has cracked teeth and the vet stated that the cracked teeth are from chewing on a crate previously, so as a last resort it is available but I dont want him to injure himself more.

my boy diesel 02-19-2014 05:12 PM

you will work on the anxiety while you are home
it won't get better with him loose while you are away
the destruction can be catastrophic
for your home and for him
other than that you could look into
purchasing a large outdoor run and put a top on it

i like this site for some tips on curing SA
Separation Anxiety In Dogs and How to Deal with It - Coping with Destructive and Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors

i edited to say that he'll injure himself even more
either way
in a crate or out of it

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