Dog Training

Have dog training questions? Ask a dog trainer.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I have an older dog (8 yrs) who has such separation anxiety…

Customer Question
I have an older dog...
I have an older dog (8 yrs) who has such separation anxiety that he can't be left alone for more than a few minutes without terrific distress and self-destructive behavior. Is it too late to cure this, so that I can safely leave him at home for a couple of hours?
Submitted: 3 years ago.Category: Dog Training
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Training Question
Answered in 16 minutes by:
6/3/2015
Dog Trainer: ERPetNurse, Veterinary Technician replied 3 years ago
ERPetNurse
ERPetNurse, Veterinary Technician
Category: Dog Training
Satisfied Customers: 11,626
Experience: Vet tech 25 years
Verified
Hello I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Buddys human. My name is ***** ***** I have been a veterinary nurse for 26 years I would be happy to help
It is possible that this will resolve with time, however in Buddy's case we have to remember that he just lost the alpha member of his pack and you leaving can cause an already insecure dog to get worse.
This may take both training and medication to resolve. In some cases prescription medication is needed however Melatonine which can be purchased over the counter can also be effective.
If you want to try Melatonin ( check to make sure it does not contain xylitol) and the dose for a small dog would be 0.5-1mg 2-3 times per day. The following article covers the use of this supplement in more detail
http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/prescription/melatonin-melatonex
Also try giving a stuffed kong toy that has been frozen when you leave. I make the following my for my shih-tzu
1 can of high quality canned food or 1 1/2 cup of his kibble moistened
1/2 cup blueberries or raw carrots
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon of molasses
Fill the kong and place in the freezer over night. You can use any mix that you think he will like. The above will fill a small kong 3-4 times. Give this when ever you leave the house. Not only will this help to keep him busy while you are away but it will also make him see that he gets a special treat when you leave( do not give these at any other time)
I would also try a pheromone collar. These collars release calming pheromones. These can be purchased at most pet stores or online. Sentry brand is one that works well and is less expensive then some of the others.
Try leaving him for small amounts of time 5-10 minutes increasing this time each day.If you are gone for long periods due to work then it may be worth seeing if you can have a dog walker come in during the day for a month or two.
I would try the above for a week or two and if you see no difference then you may want to discuss and anti anxiety med with your vet.
I hope this helps give you some things to try. Please reply back if you have additional questions and I will be happy to help. If you have no additional questions, please take a few minutes to provide a rating before exiting the site so I am compensated by Justanswer for assisting you.
Candy
Ask Your Own Dog Training Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog trainerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask ERPetNurse Your Own Question
ERPetNurse
ERPetNurse
ERPetNurse, Veterinary Technician
Category: Dog Training
Satisfied Customers: 11,626
11,626 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Vet tech 25 years

ERPetNurse is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there.

Alice H.Jacksonville, Fl.

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Pawsitivtrainr

Pawsitivtrainr

Dog Trainer

145 satisfied customers

35+ years Training Dogs

agilityaddict

agilityaddict

Pet Trainer

92 satisfied customers

20 years experience training dogs in obedience and agility, current 4-H agility superintendent

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Veterinarian

80 satisfied customers

I have been a breeder and owner of dogs for over 40 years.

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

56 satisfied customers

15 years experience as a veterinarian dealing with dogs.

Anna

Anna

Pet Trainer

53 satisfied customers

40 yrs. training pet dogs and performance dogs in obedience, agility, herding, tracking, and therapy.

Jane Lefler

Jane Lefler

Animal Behaviorist

2,466 satisfied customers

Behaviorist /Trainer and Dog breeder 18+ years

Sally G.

Sally G.

Animal Behaviorist

1,519 satisfied customers

Service /assistance dog trainer,Therapy dog evaluator and trainer, AKC evaluator, pet first aide and member of PAS Animal Response Team.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Training Questions
I am having a destructive behavior with my two West Highland
Hello! I am having a destructive behavior with my two West Highland Terrier. There names are Kupo ( Male, 10 months) Tutti( female, 2 years and 3 months) … read more
Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler
Animal Behaviorist
3.75 GPA 36cr. Multiple Tech traini
2,466 satisfied customers
I have a 3 yr old female mix, who doesn't seem to have full
i have a 3 yr old female mix, who doesn't seem to have full blown separation anxiety (decided after reading Dr. Patricia McConnell's booklet about separation anxiety) she is destructive with random it… read more
Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler
Animal Behaviorist
3.75 GPA 36cr. Multiple Tech traini
2,466 satisfied customers
I have a 6 month old puppy (lab mix, named ). After potty
Hi, I have a 6 month old puppy (lab mix, named Jack). After potty training him around 2 months ago, we had gone several weeks without an accident. Recently however, he has been having accidents whenev… read more
Lisa
Lisa
Certified Veterinary Technician
Associate Degree
15,484 satisfied customers
Took in an 18 month female poodle schnauzer from a shelter.
Took in an 18 month female poodle schnauzer from a shelter. She had not been taken care of previously . Now we are understanding why. She is destructive pawing up carpet, chewing furniture, eating sho… read more
Anna
Anna
Pet Trainer
Bachelor's Degree
53 satisfied customers
About a week ago, we got an 18 month old neutered male
Hi there - about a week ago, we got an 18 month old neutered male Australian shepherd who seems to be suffering from separation anxiety. If he is left in a room without a human (i.e. he is gated in or… read more
Lisa
Lisa
Certified Veterinary Technician
Associate Degree
15,484 satisfied customers
I believe my cane corso suffers from separation anxiety. She
I believe my cane corso suffers from separation anxiety. She is destructive. My couch is no more and she has eaten her way through many things. She never did that when she was younger and it seems to … read more
Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler
Animal Behaviorist
3.75 GPA 36cr. Multiple Tech traini
2,466 satisfied customers
I have a 8+ year old Lab who has never liked being left alone,
I have a 8+ year old Lab who has never liked being left alone, but has not been destructive since she was a 1 year old. She has started destroying and eating everything. Due to my age and disabilities… read more
Lisa
Lisa
Certified Veterinary Technician
Associate Degree
15,484 satisfied customers
, I have a one year old wire-haired pointing griffon (and
Hi, I have a one year old wire-haired pointing griffon (and a 3 year old wire-haired Hungarian Viszla who is super mellow). The griffon is very high energy (which I expect in a puppy), but also has a … read more
Lisa
Lisa
Certified Veterinary Technician
Associate Degree
15,484 satisfied customers
My dog (1 year old toy Aussie) has always had mild separation
My dog (1 year old toy Aussie) has always had mild separation anxiety. He's fine when I take him to daycare and most of the time he calms down after a few minutes if I leave him home alone. Recently m… read more
Lisa
Lisa
Certified Veterinary Technician
Associate Degree
15,484 satisfied customers
My West Highland Terrier (since our cat died 5 weeks ago) has
My West Highland Terrier (since our cat died 5 weeks ago) has b ecome very unsettled and will not stay in the usual laundry room where she has been for 5 years overnight, also when she was left in the… read more
Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler
Animal Behaviorist
3.75 GPA 36cr. Multiple Tech traini
2,466 satisfied customers
I have a male 11 month old dachshund that when I leave him
I have a male 11 month old dachshund that when I leave him he is chewing on our furniture either wood or upholstered furniture. He is with our 2 yr. old XXXXX XXXXX so he is not alone. I also leave bo… read more
Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler
Animal Behaviorist
3.75 GPA 36cr. Multiple Tech traini
2,466 satisfied customers
I have an older (12 years) mixed breed dog. She is part german
I have an older (12 years) mixed breed dog. She is part german shepard and part labrador. She has developed severe separation anxiety which began last October when I went on vacation for 3 weeks. She … read more
Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler
Animal Behaviorist
3.75 GPA 36cr. Multiple Tech traini
2,466 satisfied customers
MMmy two dogs are very sweet when we are home. Everytime we
MMmy two dogs are very sweet when we are home. Everytime we leave our home and return there is usually a mess with magazines shredded, telephone in the backyard, clothes distributed throughout the hou… read more
Lisa
Lisa
Certified Veterinary Technician
Associate Degree
15,484 satisfied customers
My black lab is a year and two months old. We adopted him last
My black lab is a year and two months old. We adopted him last january at an event at petsmart and were told that he, his siblings and mother were abandoned by their owner. The pups were still too you… read more
Lisa
Lisa
Certified Veterinary Technician
Associate Degree
15,484 satisfied customers
i have two part lab part german short haired pointer mix males
i have two part lab part german short haired pointer mix males that are 5 yrs old[brothers] both have been neutered. i crated them for the first two years and then kept them confined to two rooms. i h… read more
Lisa
Lisa
Certified Veterinary Technician
Associate Degree
15,484 satisfied customers
My dog is 11 months old (Dodger). I recently took vacation
My dog is 11 months old (Dodger). I recently took vacation and spent most all my time with Dodger. Since I have went back to work (full Time) he has started eating shoes, tearing up drywall, and ate t… read more
Pawsitivtrainr
Pawsitivtrainr
Dog Trainer
145 satisfied customers
my 13month old lab mix rescue occasionaly chews on a door frame
my 13month old lab mix rescue occasionaly chews on a door frame and tears the drywall. she seems to be clawing it as well. this happens about once every couple of months. i travel a lot - gone every o… read more
Pawsitivtrainr
Pawsitivtrainr
Dog Trainer
145 satisfied customers
my Pekinese is 5 and a half and has suddenly started to chew
My Pekinese is 5 and a half and has suddenly started to chew upholstery and materials when we leave her alone at for example at a friends house for an evening and when we left her at our beach house w… read more
Pawsitivtrainr
Pawsitivtrainr
Dog Trainer
145 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x