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Hi:
I have a male 8mo GSD. Lately he has seem to have all the signs of separation
anxiety....however is it mostly at night. We went away for a week in March
and left him at a nice boarding place..he had his own air conditioned suite with
a doggie door etc. Apparently at night he would scratch the walls so much that
he scratched all the paint off. The owner said he was great during the day. My
husband goes out of town about 2 times a month overnight. The dog usually
spends the night panting and pacing but settles down after about 1-2 hours. 2
weeks ago he went away and this dog flipped out. He kept jumping on our bed
(our girls were sleeping in the bed) searching for him and I kept taking him
off. This cycle kept going on and on...I was afraid he would accidentally hurt
them (they are 6 and 9.) I tried to crate him and he barked for 2 hours
straight...I took him out and he continued acting out until he finally wore
himself down around 5 AM. The next day he was normal and when my husband came
home the next night slept all night perfectly.
Tonight he is out of town again and he has already started the aggressive
behavior as well as the panting etc. He was at the vets today getting a
bath...which was a bit strategic on my part b/c usually after this it exhausts
him so much he passes out for hours when he gets home. I spoke to the vet and
they suggested a "natural/herbal" med that they have had great success with
however my luck it won't be in until Tuesday. I did buy a Thundershirt and put
it on him yesterday however after 5 min he kept trying to rip it off. I found
some old clomicalm from our Beagle who passed last summer (I'm not sure why the
vet even gave this to us b/c this dog in no way had any anxieties.) and was
considering that tonight. Does anyone have any suggestions for tonight? I was
banking on the Thundershirt but all he does is rip it off.
Thanks,
Lisa
 

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That sounds like pretty extreme anxiety... and it's surprising because the rest of the family is home :-\

When your husband is home he should work on getting your dog used to being separated for smaller periods so it isn't such a huge shock, imo. It might also help if you were very social with the dog as well, so he will still feel comfortable in your presence without him. Besides that, anti-anxiety drugs sounds like it will help, but you prob should consult the vet. That's all I can really think of to do.
 

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Clomicalm takes time to build up in the system, so giving him one is not going to help.


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Thanks....as for me being social and spending time with the dog what is so funny about this is that I am a stay at home mom and spend all the time with him...walks, playing, feeding etc. It's like he's not "OK" if the whole pack isn't here.
 

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His pack instinct tells him to be together with his leader, he behaves like that because he was separated from the person he minds to be his leader. It doesn't mean he loves you and trusts you less, no, no. But, he will be better on medication for a while before a new stereotype "My dear Leader comes back to me, always" was built in his head. Rubber brush massaging and aromatherapy (a drop of clove oil on his collar) helps a lot, valerian tablets. I collect roots of Valerian plant for my dog myself, but she has it for different reasons.
 
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