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Old 05-14-2012, 08:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
Mikey T
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for behavior modification to work the dog must not be so anxious that you can not leave for even a second etc. things to consider.

1.trigger, most dogs strat to get anxious even before the owner leave because of routine ie picking up kep , putting on particular coat , shoes etc.

2. demphysis coming home reduce the excitement anxiety f both greeting and departures. make them matter of fact do not acknowledge pet dog unless and until it is calm when you return.

3. often times even minute departure can not be successful because te anxiety level of the dog this is wher pharmacology caan help, drugs themselves are not a cure but used in conjuntion with behavior mod they can get you start where you could not befor clomicalm

non=drug therapy that has some success with some dogs include, meletonin, DAP (dog appeasing pherimones) thunder shirt/anxiety wrap

4 seperation anxiety is all about being alone many find that a non human companion not necesirly another dog can sometimes solve the problem but it is not a quarantee. Sometimes the anxious dog can make the other pet anxious as well adn they feed of each other anxiousness make mater much worse so it is a risky proposition but often times you can borrow some one else pet and see how the dog does with them on a temporary basis if it work you can look in that direction if not pet other pet goes back to original owner no long term harm done.

seperation Anxiety
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Separation anxiety is often triggered by either a high contrast situation – months of the owner home all day followed by sudden eight-hour absences – or some sort of life change – rehoming, a stay at a boarding kennel, a death of a key family member or major change in routine.

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Reduce the contrast between when you’re gone and when you’re home. Refrain from smothering him with affection (see the "mental work" options above to discover other ways of interacting with your dog). Regularly interrupt his shadowing you around the house continuously when you’re home by baby-gating him into another room for short periods. This is like practicing a "semi-absence." Do many, many extremely brief (1 – 30 seconds) absences with no fanfare on departure or arrival. Increase physical exercise and mental stimulation.
Severe Separation Anxiety
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The hard part for the owner is that, for the duration of this treatment, the dog cannot experience absences in day to day life that are longer than the point he has reached in treatment exercises. This means essentially that, early on in treatment, the dog cannot be left alone


I'LL BE HOME SOON! - HOW TO PREVENT AND TREAT SEPARATION ANXIETY

Dog Who Loved to Much
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Here is first consumer-oriented discussion of the use and application of medication in the management and treatment of behavioral problems in dogs. Dogs experience the whole range of psychological problems that humans do; depression, anxiety, fear, aggression, and grief. The dog-owning public is seeking solutions to doggie problems which may include the application of human medications. A Professor of Behavioral Pharmacology at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, author Dodman's approach includes an in-depth understanding of behavior, making key changes in diet, exercise, environment, and at times, prescribing state-of-the-art medication. Case histories enhance the understanding of Dodman's theories. Fascinating reading!

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