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Dogs With Separation Anxiety

Our 8 year old Rat Terrier has developed separation anxiety when we both leave the house together and do not take her with us. She has started urinating in the bedrooms while we are out.

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Can anyone give me advice for how to prevent this from happening each time we go out? We walk her 2 miles in the morning and the same in the evening. She always pees and poops on both trips. Thanks for any help someone can give me.

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February 11, 20100 found this helpful

Try "D.A.P" (Dog Appeasing Hormone) or "Comfort Zone for dogs".They are Diffusers... Or you can try "Rescue Remedy". The first two cost around $35 (& less for the refills) but most pet stores have a $10 rebate coupon you can use, or you could find a coupon online. The D.A.P also makes a dog collar for only $18.

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If I were you, I'd first read reviews on these products (maybe on Amazon.com). The two diffusers (DAP & Comfort Zone) have about a 50% chance of working, it all depends on the dog. The Rescue Remedy works differently, it's more for once in a while usage. Rescue Remedy is a calming formula, that is made for high stress & emergency situations (like calming a dog or cat while traveling, moving or to give the pet an I.V. or before grooming or going to the vet. The diffusers are for continues daily use.

Rescue Remedy comes in either an alcohol base or a non-alcohol base. The alcohol bases is absorbed quicker. You would put it in food or water. Many people like the non-alcohol formula. With people you would put several drops under the tongue. They are available at most pet stores. Rescue Remedy is the same, if it's for pets or for humans. You can buy it in most Health Food Stores & costs around $12.

Talk to your vet, they will know about these products. Also talk to the people that work at quality pet stores & before you buy these products, first read reviews online. I'd start by reading reviews on Amazon.com. My vet says that sometimes the diffusers work miracles & sometimes they don't work at all... It all depends of your pet (they also make another pheromone that's made for cats that mark territory)

* Rescue Remedy also works wonders for pets that are afraid of thunderstorms & fireworks.

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February 12, 20100 found this helpful

It might help to put your dog in a crate when you leave, along with some of his favorite things. If the crate is made of wire and open all around you could lay a blanket or towel across the top to give it more of a "den" feeling. Many dogs actually feel safer in a crate.

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February 13, 20100 found this helpful

Two suggestions: Try leaving the TV or radio on so there is some people noise for him to hear. Also, get him one of those toys that you put a treat inside of and the dog keeps busy trying to get to the treat. Give your dog lots of affection when you return home even if he has had an accident.

Hope you solve your problem!

Icy bear

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