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Hi this is Dr. Dani, I'm a small animal veterinarian and I'm happy to help with Maddie. How long have you had her? Did anything change in the situation in the house that she may be reacting to? Does she have access to the entire house and yard when you are gone? Does she only do these behaviors when you are gone? Please give me any additional information you have and I'll be able to give you some suggestions.
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I am wondering why she would suddenly develop this behavior when she has never had signs of separation anxiety or other issues? Is she getting adequate exercise? I see you said that you walk her twice daily - are the walks as long and vigorous as before the digging started? And you feel confident there is not anything under the house she is trying to get to?
My first thought is to block off the side of the house that she is digging. Is that possible?
Also, in case there is some anxiety, I really like the thunder shirt which you would put on before you leave (and before she has any cues that you are leaving); as well as Adaptil which is a calming pheromone. I also like Rescue Remedy for this behavior. I will include links below:
Please let me know any other questions or thoughts you have based on this information.
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