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Separation Anxiety

by Jenn

We adopted a 1 year old Beagle Jack Russell mix 2 weeks ago. He is having terrible separation anxiety. He sleeps in his crate like a champ, but when left alone for 10 minutes he tore up his bed and managed to somehow get the tray out of the crate, breaking it in the process. A few days later we tried again. 10 minutes and he’d torn up the blanket we’d put in there.

He loooooves my husband best. My daughter spends the most time with him, so she’s his second favorite. The 2 of them left to go run a few errands and he barked and paced and cried for 40 minutes. And he’s not even in the crate. They just aren’t here. He’d calm down for a few seconds if I pet him. He’s now asleep in his little bed because I think he exhausted himself!

We’ve got 5 weeks til my daughter goes back to school and he has to be crated for several hours per day. Any suggestions? We’d really like to be able to all 3 leave the house together again!

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Nov 26, 2019
Crate Training
by: Anonymous

Hi Jenn,
Firstly, I would suggest that you attempt to build up the time that you are out of the house for. For example, leaving the house and sitting in the car for a minute and then returning, then building up to two minutes, then five etc etc. This way your dog can acclimatise to these changes and become comfortable with time alone. I would also suggest that making a crate a super fun place to be would help, if you haven't already! Enrichment such as toys, treats, blankets, items with your husband and daughters scent on them will all help with crate training, and just making sure the crate is a place the dog wants to be. From experience, Jack Russells tend to thrive when they have someone at home with them at all times, so maybe invest in a dog walker for this connection and exercise or perhaps a doggy daycare (although from working in one I know how expensive they can be!) Overall, I think providing suitable enrichment and doing some basic acclimitisation training would improve this issue massively!

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