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Can you tell me more about what is happening?
is this younger dog scratching at the door in an attempt to get out the door?
Is it only the door that is being destroyed?
Does he only do this when you are gone?
If so, how do you know it is him?
If he does it while you are home, is there any thing different about those times that might be setting him off?
How long has the younger dog been doing this
Many dogs have reactions to different noises. This is really a problem around the 4th of July and fireworks. For things like thunderstorms, some people tape the noise and play it back at lower volumes while playing with the dog and providing positive reinforcement for the dog's lack of anxiety while the noise is played at low volumes. You then gradually increase the volume slowly until your dog is desensitized to the noise. Your vet could prescribe a medication called Acepromazine, which is a tranquilizer. You can read about this here:
Many people get Rescue Remedy to help with noise phobias. Be sure you get the kind that does NOT contain Xylitol. You can read about this here:
It may also be available in your local pet store as well. Benadryl is often used as it does tend to calm your dog. Benadryl can be given to your dog, the dose is up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours. Benadryl in not a sedative though so it won't put your dog to sleep. Leaving a TV playing loud also helps prevent your dog from hearing the outside noises. Another treatment is Melatonin which you can read about here. It has been shown to work well for noise phobias.
Since your dog is outside, it sounds like he is experiencing separation anxiety. Whether it is separation from you or his companion would be hard to tell at this point unless you switch the other dogs and put the ill dog outside and see if he still has the same reaction.
If he isn't an outside dog all the time, you might try a muzzle to prevent him gnawing and using hi mouth to destroy the door. Keeping the nails cut short can also help prevent more serious damage to doors. They also make steel plates that you can apply to the bottom of your door that is very effective at protecting your door against dogs digging at the wood.
I can give you some sites that discuss this issue and may have some solutions for you, but most are for dogs that are inside with their owners and have anxiety when the owner leaves the house.
The noise phobia your dog has might be a contributing factor here as well. YOu might want to try a combination of medication and behavior modification to help your guy.
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