Howling dog when left alone.

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Howling dog when left alone.

Post by Bec » Sat, 29 Jun 2002 21:53:47



Hi,

I've just bought a mid-terrace house, and have been here a few weeks.My dog,
howls when I am out. He howls even if he's only left for an hour or so. I
don't think its just because of the fact that he's in a new place because I
have now found that he howled at the old one too.

My neighbour works nights. This is not good.

PLease Help ME! What can I do to occupy him all day long so he doesn't howl
and howl?

 
 
 

Howling dog when left alone.

Post by Lushious Lug » Sat, 29 Jun 2002 21:59:29



Quote:
> Hi,

> I've just bought a mid-terrace house, and have been here a few weeks.My
dog,
> howls when I am out. He howls even if he's only left for an hour or so. I
> don't think its just because of the fact that he's in a new place because
I
> have now found that he howled at the old one too.

> My neighbour works nights. This is not good.

> PLease Help ME! What can I do to occupy him all day long so he doesn't
howl
> and howl?

Have you tried a kong?

My GSD had terrible trouble with separation anxiety, she'd rip fur from
herself, but the kong keeps her occupied until she's forgotton that she's
worried about us leaving her ~

Diana
--
See my dog Stone ~ July 5th on the birthday calendar.
The aad group web site: http://www.ourdogs.chilly-hippo.co.uk
(In the UK 'lugs' or 'lug 'oles' is slang for ears ~ and no dog has a finer
set than my Stone!)

 
 
 

Howling dog when left alone.

Post by KauilaPo » Sun, 30 Jun 2002 01:12:45


You are talking about him howling INSIDE right? You have a couple of options.
First I would focus attention on the fact that TODAY your neighbor needs to
sleep so even though this isn't going to fix your DOGS problem, you should try
and work on your NEIGHBORS problem (ie: your howling dog:)
Ttry to keep him in the part of the house farthest away from your neighbors
bedroom.
Perhaps use a babygate to block off a hallway or close the doors leading to the
room that butts up against their bedroom.

-You could offer to buy the neighbor one of those 'white noise' things
(Wallmart sells a great one that has choices of noise like a water fountain, an
ocean etc. It is pretty loud and less than $30 I think). *at least this will
show your neighbor that you are aware of the problem and while you are working
on solving it you are willing to offer a 'bandaid' (the noise machine).

- you might ask the vet for something  which could mildly calm the dog down
when left along. I wouldn't consider this as a 'cure' either but something to
be used only until you have a chance to work with the dog.

-Ideally you need a chunk of time where you can be home and approach this like
a project.
Then...
You could start by minimizing contact with the dog 15 min.before you leave and
15 min. after you get home. (ignore his frantic behavior). You would then only
be gone for short periods of time at first and then slowly increase the time
gone.

DON'T get another dog (a playmate won't fix this). In fact, "Velcro-dogs" will
continue their neg. behavior while the owner is gone EVEN if there are other
dogs and EVEN if there are other PEOPLE in the house. Nobody can take your
place. They want their 'mommie' and nothing and nobody else can become a
substitute.

Here is a website that might help sort through this.
http://www.greytdogs.com/anxiety.html#top

Chances are you won't cure the dog of this behavior because A.) you'd have to
BE there and you aren't and B) the dog is likely suffering from 'separation
anxiety' CAUSED by being left alone (probably from an early age).

Does he follow you everywhere you go when you ARE home? If so he is a
"Velcro-dog" meaning a dog that indeed has behavior problems based on fears of
being left and so he sticks (like they ALL do) with the owner like a shadow (if
you LEAVE I'm right with you!).

Does your dog eat while your gone? Probably not. Most Velcro-dogs wait until
the owner returns and first thing they do after freaking-out in their greeting
rituals is run to their food dish and eat.

Hope this helps you sort through things. good luck!

 
 
 

Howling dog when left alone.

Post by The Puppy Wizar » Sun, 30 Jun 2002 03:57:07



Quote:
> I moved to Jacksonville, Florida about a year ago with my lovely wife

< snip horror story >

Quote:
> Listen to this...My wife wrote one of the so called know it all of
> pets. His response to the exact letter we initially wrote to
> Jerry..."Get rid of the dog, bring her back" I'll save this person
> embarrassment by not saying the name. However, you know who you are
> and I have this to say to you. Go pump gas or bus tables because you
> sir, do not belong working with animals!
> Jerry, after reading some of the threads in the news group, I can't
> for the life of me understand why this many people are so dang blind
> or ignorant.
> You just keep plugging away at what you do, because you my friend are
> a life saver!!!
> Anytime you need someone to speak about the results of your product,
> you have my number. We would gladly talk to them.
> Thank you very much for all your help. God bless you...
> Anthony & Linda Testa
> Jacksonville, Florida



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Quote:
> Hi,

> I've just bought a mid-terrace house, and have been here a few weeks.My
dog,
> howls when I am out. He howls even if he's only left for an hour or so. I
> don't think its just because of the fact that he's in a new place because
I
> have now found that he howled at the old one too.

> My neighbour works nights. This is not good.

> PLease Help ME! What can I do to occupy him all day long so he doesn't
howl
> and howl?

 
 
 

Howling dog when left alone.

Post by Lushious Lug » Sun, 30 Jun 2002 17:28:26



[..][

Quote:
> Does your dog eat while your gone? Probably not. Most Velcro-dogs wait
until
> the owner returns and first thing they do after freaking-out in their
greeting
> rituals is run to their food dish and eat.

> Hope this helps you sort through things. good luck!

My dog's velco as velcro can be ~ though has got a little better lately.
This is pasted from a post I did on another group a few days ago, discussing
SA & 'magic' kongs:

~ also, like every man, every dog has his price (that I've met anyhow) ~ up
& up & up the 'value' of the content until it is more than he can do to
resist ~ cooked minced beef, cheap steak, cheese ~ just a little to get his
appetite so wet he's dribbling!

I replied in free.uk.pets.dogs
 >
I don't know how we lived without one ~ well, I do and it was a real
struggle!

Stone had separation anxiety but rather than destroying our house, she'd rip
her fur out.  She had this since we got her but it got really bad around
Feb/April last year. I couldn't even leave her in a different room or over
night without finding a half bald dog.

We struggled with every SA recommendation and then found the kong. With a
real mix of the symbolic kong which she watches being prepared, and
'invisible dog' before we go out and when we return, we eventually conquered
it and we've been clear since just before Xmas(?) ~ can't remember exactly
when but, oh, kongs are MAGIC!!!! It is such a relief.

I got her the large red one. In hindsight a smaller one would have been
better ~ hers holds nearly a whole dinners worth of food, but for knowing
that it'll keep her busy and take her mind off us, it's worth it.

Diana
--
See my dog Stone ~ July 5th on the birthday calendar.
The aad group web site: http://www.ourdogs.chilly-hippo.co.uk
(In the UK 'lugs' or 'lug 'oles' is slang for ears ~ and no dog has a finer
set than my Stone!)

 
 
 

Howling dog when left alone.

Post by Di » Sun, 30 Jun 2002 21:01:26



says...
Quote:
> Hi,

> I've just bought a mid-terrace house, and have been here a few weeks.My dog,
> howls when I am out. He howls even if he's only left for an hour or so. I
> don't think its just because of the fact that he's in a new place because I
> have now found that he howled at the old one too.

> My neighbour works nights. This is not good.

> PLease Help ME! What can I do to occupy him all day long so he doesn't howl
> and howl?

This was a horrible problem for us for such a long time.  I think we
have finally overcome it.  Thank God!!

If I left her alone with the run of the house, she'd howl and try to get
at every window, destroying everything in her path, looking for me.  So,
I crated her.  She would still howl her head off, even if I only left
for a few minutes, but at least my stuff wasn't getting demolished and I
knew she wasn't hurting herself.  I'd leave her with bones, kong, buster
ball (which didn't work), whatever.  Nothing worked.  

I bought a kennel and dog house, against the advice from the people
here. The neigbors thought that she was howling from some kind of
injury.  They were ready to call the SPCA.  She escaped from it anyway,
and it was a total waste of money.  BTW all, thanks for your advice,
even though I didn't listen to it.  I guess I just had to go through the
motions myself, and learn the hard way.  :-\

So, I think this is was is working for me:  

1.  I give her Clomicalm twice a day.  It's an anti-anxiety med that was
developed specifically for dogs with separation anxiety.  Talk to your
vet about getting some, and about dosages.

2. I just moved, so this part was relatively easy to accomplish.  My
bedroom is very sparse, austere even, to say the least.  This is where I
leave her.  (Her crate is also in my bedroom, which she chooses to go
into, though I leave the door open to it.  It's entirely her choice
whether she stays in it or not.  I guess she feels safe in it.)  I have
nothing on the dresser, or anything else she can get at.  I make my bed
tightly with a "Zuki"spread over it.  Pillows are tossed into the
closet, out of her reach.

3.  I spray anything that she can possibly chew, like the edges of the
bed, door knobs, dresser knobs, window sills, anything, with Bitter
Apple.

4.  I give her rawhide chews, or bones, or Greenies, something new every
day, so she can be e***d about it when I leave.  It gives her
something for the first critical minutes while I'm leaving.

5.  I do not gush over her with love and pets and "I'm sorry's" when I
leave. Or, when I return.  I make it NOT a big issue.  She still tries
to jump all over me, making a howling racket when I return, but we're
working on that.  I tell her "lay down", using my hand signal, and keep
turning my back to her until she lays down.  After a few minutes of
this, she plunks down onto her back for a belly rub.  At which point, I
say hello and give her the rubs she so desires.

6.  I feed her in my bedroom, giving her the food with the special treat
in the bowl just before I leave.  I also give her a big bucket of fresh
water every morning.

7.  Windows are closed, and I leave the AC on for her so she doesn't
bake.  She may not know it, but this is the very most comfortable place
for her these hot days.

I know this all seems very outrageous, but as I said, it was easy to
accomplish because I just moved.  And, it's only temporary, until she is
used to being left alone.  Then, I'll give her the run of the house,
which would be preferable because she is a very large, indimidating-
looking GSD/Husky who should be guarding my house just by her presence
there.

I know this is working well, because I left a voice-activated recorder
in the top dresser drawer yesterday, slightly ajar so it would pick up
noise, and left.  When I got back, the only noise she made was about 20
seconds, as in SECONDS!!! of whimpering, then nothing until I returned
after work 8 hours later.  She did chew the rawhide.  But she slept most
of the time.  This was great, because previously she had completely used
up the tape on the voice recorder.  Major progress.

When my neighbors came to visit me, introduce themselves, and ask about
my howling dog, I told them I was really working with her on this, and
to please be patient.  Zuki is a GSD/Husky that rarely barks.  But,
she's got a loud howl that is so disconcerting if you don't know what it
is.  Sometimes, when we're playing she howls from e***ment, and I
encourage it.  It's fun, and she seems to really pick up on my happiness
over her vocalizing.  I'm not torturing her, or otherwise abusing her in
any way.  They completely understood, and I know they felt completely
comforted that she is really OK.  

Good luck with your dog.  And your neighbors. Separation anxiety is
really a tough problem.
--
Di

"May all your weeds be wildflowers."
Anonymous

dabell at optonline dot net
www.pbase.com/di
www.loveyourmother.homestead.com

http://www.moonsgarden.com/

 
 
 

Howling dog when left alone.

Post by Aliso » Mon, 01 Jul 2002 01:41:12



Quote:
> Hi,

> I've just bought a mid-terrace house, and have been here a few weeks.My
dog,
> howls when I am out. He howls even if he's only left for an hour or so. I
> don't think its just because of the fact that he's in a new place because
I
> have now found that he howled at the old one too.

> My neighbour works nights. This is not good.

> PLease Help ME! What can I do to occupy him all day long so he doesn't
howl
> and howl?

           Hi ,
               Can you arranged for him to go to a dog minder or arranged
for someone to walk him at luchtime.?  All day is a long time to be left
alone. When you go out he doesn't know how long he is going to be left for
and it makes him anxious. If its for short periods you can leave some of
your clothes with your scent on and leave the radio on.
    Alison
 
 
 

Howling dog when left alone.

Post by Di » Sun, 30 Jun 2002 21:01:26



says...
Quote:
> Hi,

> I've just bought a mid-terrace house, and have been here a few weeks.My dog,
> howls when I am out. He howls even if he's only left for an hour or so. I
> don't think its just because of the fact that he's in a new place because I
> have now found that he howled at the old one too.

> My neighbour works nights. This is not good.

> PLease Help ME! What can I do to occupy him all day long so he doesn't howl
> and howl?

This was a horrible problem for us for such a long time.  I think we
have finally overcome it.  Thank God!!

If I left her alone with the run of the house, she'd howl and try to get
at every window, destroying everything in her path, looking for me.  So,
I crated her.  She would still howl her head off, even if I only left
for a few minutes, but at least my stuff wasn't getting demolished and I
knew she wasn't hurting herself.  I'd leave her with bones, kong, buster
ball (which didn't work), whatever.  Nothing worked.  

I bought a kennel and dog house, against the advice from the people
here. The neigbors thought that she was howling from some kind of
injury.  They were ready to call the SPCA.  She escaped from it anyway,
and it was a total waste of money.  BTW all, thanks for your advice,
even though I didn't listen to it.  I guess I just had to go through the
motions myself, and learn the hard way.  :-\

So, I think this is was is working for me:  

1.  I give her Clomicalm twice a day.  It's an anti-anxiety med that was
developed specifically for dogs with separation anxiety.  Talk to your
vet about getting some, and about dosages.

2. I just moved, so this part was relatively easy to accomplish.  My
bedroom is very sparse, austere even, to say the least.  This is where I
leave her.  (Her crate is also in my bedroom, which she chooses to go
into, though I leave the door open to it.  It's entirely her choice
whether she stays in it or not.  I guess she feels safe in it.)  I have
nothing on the dresser, or anything else she can get at.  I make my bed
tightly with a "Zuki"spread over it.  Pillows are tossed into the
closet, out of her reach.

3.  I spray anything that she can possibly chew, like the edges of the
bed, door knobs, dresser knobs, window sills, anything, with Bitter
Apple.

4.  I give her rawhide chews, or bones, or Greenies, something new every
day, so she can be e***d about it when I leave.  It gives her
something for the first critical minutes while I'm leaving.

5.  I do not gush over her with love and pets and "I'm sorry's" when I
leave. Or, when I return.  I make it NOT a big issue.  She still tries
to jump all over me, making a howling racket when I return, but we're
working on that.  I tell her "lay down", using my hand signal, and keep
turning my back to her until she lays down.  After a few minutes of
this, she plunks down onto her back for a belly rub.  At which point, I
say hello and give her the rubs she so desires.

6.  I feed her in my bedroom, giving her the food with the special treat
in the bowl just before I leave.  I also give her a big bucket of fresh
water every morning.

7.  Windows are closed, and I leave the AC on for her so she doesn't
bake.  She may not know it, but this is the very most comfortable place
for her these hot days.

I know this all seems very outrageous, but as I said, it was easy to
accomplish because I just moved.  And, it's only temporary, until she is
used to being left alone.  Then, I'll give her the run of the house,
which would be preferable because she is a very large, indimidating-
looking GSD/Husky who should be guarding my house just by her presence
there.

I know this is working well, because I left a voice-activated recorder
in the top dresser drawer yesterday, slightly ajar so it would pick up
noise, and left.  When I got back, the only noise she made was about 20
seconds, as in SECONDS!!! of whimpering, then nothing until I returned
after work 8 hours later.  She did chew the rawhide.  But she slept most
of the time.  This was great, because previously she had completely used
up the tape on the voice recorder.  Major progress.

When my neighbors came to visit me, introduce themselves, and ask about
my howling dog, I told them I was really working with her on this, and
to please be patient.  Zuki is a GSD/Husky that rarely barks.  But,
she's got a loud howl that is so disconcerting if you don't know what it
is.  Sometimes, when we're playing she howls from e***ment, and I
encourage it.  It's fun, and she seems to really pick up on my happiness
over her vocalizing.  I'm not torturing her, or otherwise abusing her in
any way.  They completely understood, and I know they felt completely
comforted that she is really OK.  

Good luck with your dog.  And your neighbors. Separation anxiety is
really a tough problem.
--
Di

"May all your weeds be wildflowers."
Anonymous

dabell at optonline dot net
www.pbase.com/di
www.loveyourmother.homestead.com

http://www.moonsgarden.com/

 
 
 

Howling dog when left alone.

Post by The Puppy Wizar » Mon, 01 Jul 2002 06:41:24



Quote:
> I moved to Jacksonville, Florida about a year ago with my lovely wife
> linda. 3 times a week for 7 months I visited the Dog shelter and
> Humane Society looking for a German Shepard. There were several times
> they had a dog there, but I was looking for a ***. The reason for
> this is, all my life I have laways had a female german shepard.
> Therefore, I wanted another one. Finally about 6 weeks ago, I found
> her. "Angel" looked just like my previous dog of 12 years. I called m
> wife, she came down and fell in love with her immediately.
> We filled out the paper work and left the Humane Society with her. We
> drove directly to Pet Smart to buy all the essentials. We bought the
> biggest crate available. Let it be known I have never used a crate
> with any of my previous dogs. The biggest difference is my other dogs
> I had from puppy age. Angel just turned 2, 3 days before adoption.
> Angel appeared to be happy the trip home. Her ears were down all the
> time and her tail was so far between her legs that it looked like she
> had 3 ears. (humor)
> None the less, we knew we had a dog that was insecure.
> The first night we let Angel sleep in the living room. However, we had
> to go to work the next day. We pet her, kissed her and put her in the
> crate in the middle of the living room. During the day, my sons came
> home to walk her, give her a little loving and play with her. Then put
> her back in the crate and go to work. When we got home the first day,
> everything in the crate was ripped to shreads. The neighbors
> approached us and said that the dogs barked constantly for 3 hours.
> then barked continuously after my sons left again. We thought it was
> because everything was new. We were wrong. The dig did this every
> day for 4 days.
> The 4th day was our first scheduled visit with the vet. The vet told
> us he can see that the dog is suffering from a abuse and seperation
> anxiety. So, the vet puts the dog on clomicalm. (not sure of the
> spelling). Well, for two days the dog walked around like Jerry Garcia
> on a Friday night after a concert, stoned!
> However, we were home with her the entire weekend.
> We crated her for work and came home to a barking dog, ripped
> bedding in the crate, upset neighbors and the plastic bottom of the crate
> completely torn to bits. It was obvious that crating was not a good
> thing.
> The next day we decided to leave her out of the crate to see what
> would happen. What a major mistake. We came home to almost $1,000
> in damage. Furniture, the blinds were all chewed and torn down, etc.
> The next day we put her in the crate again. This time we came home to
> a nice 2' x 3' hole in our carpet in the middle of the living room,
> right down to the cement. I told my wife that we cannot afford to keep
> this dog. We should go out and get a puppy. She was upset and said
> there must be something we can do. I told her this. " I will go on the
> internet and see what is available". I was desperate and wanted to see
> if there was someone who could help.
> We read the information about the DDR and emailed Jerry. Jerry was
> kind enough to give us his phone number to discuss Angel in more
> detail. First, at no cost he sent us his manual. We started doing
> exactly what he said to do in the manual. Exaclt as we did was was
> written, the results were exactly as he said it would be. Then we
> purchased the DDR. This is an amazing god send to us. First of all,
> Jerry sent it to us wihtout paying. (thanks for that gesture)
> This has such and AMAZING effect. This testimonial is kinf=d of winded
> so I will say this......Jerry's product litterly saved this dogs life.
> Angel can be left alone duing the day. NO CRATE. The dog shows
> absolutely no sign of anxiety at all. Jerry told us the product works
> immediately and it did! She does not bark at all during the day except
> when the mailman drops mail into the slot on the door. The manual for
> training works exactly as it says!
> We told our vet about this and he said that there are all kind of
> gimmicks. I told my vet that as a person who holds a degree of higher
> education, there just are some things they don't have in the text
> books and he should be receptive to that. We are proof. Angel was one
> day from going back to the humane society.
> Listen to this...My wife wrote one of the so called know it all of
> pets. His response to the exact letter we initially worte to
> Jerry..."Get rid of the dog, bring her back" I'll save this person
> embarrassment by not saying the name. However, you know who you
> are and I have this to say to you. Go pump gas or bus tables because
> you sir, do not belong working with animals!
> Jerry, after reading some of the threads in the news group, I can't
> for the life of me understand why this many people are so dang blind
> or ignorant. You just keep plugging away at what you do, because you
> my friend are a life saver!!!
> Anytime you need someone to speak about the results of your product,
> you have my number. We would galdly talk to them.
> Thank you very much for all your help. God bless you...
> Anthony & Linda Testa
> Jacksonville, Florida




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> > [...]
> > >Jerry, after reading some of the threads in the news group, I can't
> > >for the life of me understand why this many people are so dang blind
> > >or ignorant.
> > > You just keep plugging away at what you do, because you my friend
> > > are a life saver!!!
> > Okay, who the heck ARE you, really?
> Who am I? My real name is posted. The story you have read is true.
> We were at witts end, found Jerry's web page by happenstance, wrote
> to him almost exactly what you read, he gave me his sugestions, told me
> what my results would be including a time line and, you know what? He
> was and still is, right on the money. I don't care if he's a warlock,
> a professor, disgrunted Entomologist, or a man with a nitche that
> makes the sciences itchy, he saved the day AND a dog's life. We were
> given suggestions from Medication, to a Behavi***Specialist. I
> decided that instead of creating a Jerry Garcia or pay 125.00 dollars
> an hour for my dog to lay on a couch to be freudiated, I decided Jerry
> Howe's method seemed to be more humane and sereine. It worked, end
> of story.
> A. Testa

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Quote:
> I don'tk now whether Peach is dead or alive. I do know she's not here
> with us. I really can't blame anyone here for her loss. I'm the one
> who ignored your advice. I did it because of how you write/wrote. I
> was unwilling to accept the idea that my using a shock collar could have
> any bearing on Peach not wanting to stay home. Up until I started using
> it my main concern had been keeping my dogs in their own yard. Once I
> started using the e-fence...well, then my concern became how to keep
> them from running off for days on end.
> I lost valuable training time becoming embroiled in the anti-shock
> debate and the "Jerry sux" tirades.
> I lost one dog but I have the bestest dog in the world now <g> A Wits
> End Trained dog, one who is completely housetrained, doesn't chew up
> stuff, stays in the yard, and doesn't bark all the time. IOW a great
> companion and friend.
> Thanks Jerry!

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> We just installed a PetSafe brand fence this Spring.
> Two dogs, two collars We now have one dog and no
> collars.
> Peach and Zelda would run thru the fence, not want to
> come back in the yard and would run for days. The
> last time, Peach didn't come back home.
> I used the Wit's End Training Manual to learn how to
> train my dog. She is now border trained. A few
> minutes each day reinforces her desire to stay in the
> yard.
> She no longer runs out into the road, I can stop her
> from chasing cats and she no longer cringes when we
> walk around the yard.
> I can not say loud or long enough how much I hate the
> e-fence and its collars. If you can't get a regular fence
> then you need to train your dog. I will never rely on an
> electronic collar to keep my dog in our yard again.
> The price was too high:-(
> ~misty

============

Re: Barking Deterrants Needed...

Hi. Please understand that I do not know Jerry and have
spoken with him briefly once by email.

I have no stake or interest in the success of his
business. I simply want to thank him publicly for one
of his tips, with regards to separation anxiety.

I thought it seemed far fetched to praise a stuffed
animal and then say good bye to my own dog, but
I am usually a very open minded person, so I tried it.
Well, lo and behold- the damn trick worked!

I think Jerry has some intriguing techniques, and
personally I think everyone who constantly criticizes
him is not understanding his logic. Thank you Jerry!

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Howling dog when left alone.

Post by Aliso » Mon, 01 Jul 2002 01:41:12



Quote:
> Hi,

> I've just bought a mid-terrace house, and have been here a few weeks.My
dog,
> howls when I am out. He howls even if he's only left for an hour or so. I
> don't think its just because of the fact that he's in a new place because
I
> have now found that he howled at the old one too.

> My neighbour works nights. This is not good.

> PLease Help ME! What can I do to occupy him all day long so he doesn't
howl
> and howl?

           Hi ,
               Can you arranged for him to go to a dog minder or arranged
for someone to walk him at luchtime.?  All day is a long time to be left
alone. When you go out he doesn't know how long he is going to be left for
and it makes him anxious. If its for short periods you can leave some of
your clothes with your scent on and leave the radio on.
    Alison
 
 
 

Howling dog when left alone.

Post by Bec » Mon, 01 Jul 2002 07:42:45


Hi everyone,

Thanks for all of your advice.
I went out today and bought a Kong, and also one of those - long-lasting
dental chews.
I am going to let the neighbours know, next time is see them, that I am
trying some stuff to chill him out when I'm gone.

It REALLY is separation anxiety as you all say. He follows me about a lot
when I'm home. He just howls a lot, and doesn't actually trash anything up,
but its not only a pain for the neighbour - I hate to think of him at home
miserable on his own and howling all day - poor dog.

Today I left him alone for an hour or so, and set up the video camera. He
seemed to be slightly less howly - but still quite a lot. He wasn't that
interested in the Kong stuffed with food - which is weird cause he really is
a foody dog, but he did obsess with it when I got home. Maybe it'll just
take time.

As it stands, I only work part-time, three days a week, but if it does come
to it I might see if I can get him walked during the day those three days -
the neighbour has even offered - which is really nice. I'm just not sure
whether it'll stop him howling for the rest of the time - and whether he'll
let the neighbour in the door. Take it a step at a time I guess.

Tomorrow I am going to leave him alone for a couple of hours, with the Kong
(stuffed with food) a dental chew bone, and the radio on - and as you
suggested, keep him out of our bedroom - which I believe is next to the
neighbours.

Thanks again for all your help, and I'll  keep you posted - and no doubt ask
for more advice.

Thanks Again.

Bec


Quote:
> Hi,

> I've just bought a mid-terrace house, and have been here a few weeks.My
dog,
> howls when I am out. He howls even if he's only left for an hour or so. I
> don't think its just because of the fact that he's in a new place because
I
> have now found that he howled at the old one too.

> My neighbour works nights. This is not good.

> PLease Help ME! What can I do to occupy him all day long so he doesn't
howl
> and howl?

 
 
 

Howling dog when left alone.

Post by Ludwig Smit » Mon, 01 Jul 2002 11:47:26




Quote:
>Today I left him alone for an hour or so, and set up the video camera. He
>seemed to be slightly less howly - but still quite a lot. He wasn't that
>interested in the Kong stuffed with food - which is weird cause he really is
>a foody dog, but he did obsess with it when I got home. Maybe it'll just
>take time.

>As it stands, I only work part-time, three days a week, but if it does come
>to it I might see if I can get him walked during the day those three days -
>the neighbour has even offered - which is really nice. I'm just not sure
>whether it'll stop him howling for the rest of the time - and whether he'll
>let the neighbour in the door. Take it a step at a time I guess.

>Tomorrow I am going to leave him alone for a couple of hours, with the Kong
>(stuffed with food) a dental chew bone, and the radio on - and as you
>suggested, keep him out of our bedroom - which I believe is next to the
>neighbours.

Not eating is not unusual, particularly if the dog is stressed.  What
you might try doing is to make the kong very enticing by putting
peanut butter and/or cheese whiz or something like that in it.

Dogs tend to feel a little less stressed when they are in a smaller
more 'den-like' area.  That was the point of the suggestion for crate
training.  If there are no housebreaking or destruction issues, then
you don't really need a crate, but what you might do is to see of
there is a way you can block off a smaller area in your house.
Something like giving him access to one or two rooms or a room and a
hallway.  Baby gates can help with that.

While it's good to set up a schedule and stick to it, you might also
want to start working on leaving him alone for small periods of time.
Leave for short times and come back before he starts howling.  Don't
make a fuss over him when you come back or when you leave.  Just be
very matter of fact about the whole thing.  That will start making him
feel a little more secure about being alone.  

Sometimes another thing that can help is to take a toy and get your
scent on it by sticking it in one of your sneakers overnight.  That
can help by giving him a 'little bit of you' as a security blanket
while you're gone.   Having him walked on at a scheduled time will
certainly help.

And while it's best to try to avoid the use of it, if the howling
*has* to stop immediately, you can use a citronella collar to try and
stop the howling.  That won't solve his separation anxiety problem,
but it will allow you time to work on it without having to deal with
irate neighbors and the problems they can cause.

Ludwig Smith

Dog FAQS
http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/

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Howling dog when left alone.

Post by The Puppy Wizar » Mon, 01 Jul 2002 14:56:20


IDIOT


Quote:



> > Hi,

> > I've just bought a mid-terrace house, and have been here a few weeks.My
> dog,
> > howls when I am out. He howls even if he's only left for an hour or so.
I
> > don't think its just because of the fact that he's in a new place
because
> I
> > have now found that he howled at the old one too.

> > My neighbour works nights. This is not good.

> > PLease Help ME! What can I do to occupy him all day long so he doesn't
> howl
> > and howl?

>            Hi ,
>                Can you arranged for him to go to a dog minder or arranged
> for someone to walk him at luchtime.?  All day is a long time to be left
> alone. When you go out he doesn't know how long he is going to be left for
> and it makes him anxious. If its for short periods you can leave some of
> your clothes with your scent on and leave the radio on.
>     Alison

 
 
 

Howling dog when left alone.

Post by Mike » Mon, 01 Jul 2002 19:48:01



Quote:
> IDIOT

Oh that was useful. Talk dog training, jackass.