4 months, 2 weeks ago Sabrina HowellParticipant
I got my dog when he was just under a year old and he had already learned from his mother to jump on the back door when outside. I’ve had him about 3 years now and he still does it whenever he’s put outside before we leave the house. Based on the condition of the back door it’s pretty clear he spends most of the time we’re gone jumping on the door and pacing (there’s a path worn through the grass from the patio to the gate). He’s always had pretty awful separation anxiety and I think this behavior is probably due to that. Oddly enough, if he has to be locked in my room instead of outside it seems like he spends the day sleeping instead of destroying the door. If he’s allowed to wander the entire house, however, the front door is toast every time. Is there a way to eliminate this behavior?
4 months, 1 week ago Sharon Blakeney-McDonaldParticipant
Hi Sabrina, Dogs that suffer with separation anxiety can show many different signs of destructive behaviour such as what you have mention the pacing and destroying things. Your dog spot of destruction must be the door but it also seem to be a habit problem too. Locking him in your room may be a good way to manage the problem as it prevents the behaviour you don’t want him doing as well as easing his anxiety… probably from your smell of being all around him in your room giving him the feeling of security. Have you thought of crate training him? If the underlying problem is separation anxiety you may need to address this first and put a plan in place… here a link that you may find helpful to read https://www.dogtraining.world/start-self-help/anxiety/
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