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Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.
1) How old is she? 2) What has been tried? 3) What symptoms are present aside from barking?
If she's an inside dog and being left outside, her behavior would be common for a dog trying to draw attention to itself to come inside. This is not separation anxiety, but a dog trying to alert people that she's ready to come inside (which is her normal place).Is she kennel trained? Can she be moved into the house?
Have you considered having her kenneled at an indoor facility with a large run for her?
Can you tell me more about the situation at hand? Were you both displaced?
The best solution is going to be moving her into an area that she is familiar with. You cannot change up the 'norm' for a dog and expect them not to have some behavioral changes.Unfortunately, you cannot just give medication that will calm a dog down to an outside dog. If you wish to use medication for sedative effect, the dog must be monitored closely. Her being placed outside on her own, thus, does not qualify to be given medications such as these.You can certainly try any toy that she enjoys, but this is not going to draw her attention effectively away from being inside, which is where she believes that she belongs.Something I would consider doing would be reaching out to rescue organizations in your area and inquiring about help with temporary fostering. Rescues, in an effort to keep dogs in their current home, will often work to find a foster situation until the owner can get on their feet again. This would involve someone keeping her inside OR being available to watch her if sedative medication was needed. I would use Petfinder.com and google to look up resources in your area such as these and reaching out for help. They may be able to put you in touch with resources that you have not considered, too.
Checking in. How is your girl today?