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    Severe separation anxiety

    Hello, I adopted a 3 year old bichon frise about 6 months ago.. my family has become very attached to him and he fits right in with our family. However when ever we leave home, he becomes histeric, breaking window blinds, tearing down curtains... urinats all over the house 😩... the neighbors complain he also barks the whole time we are gone.... Iím not sure what to do as my husband and I work full time and no longer have an in home sitter for our son.. should we get him a companion? Another dog would be a bit much but perhaps we could manage a cat... thanks for any advice you could give me! I grew up with golden retreviors and never dealt with this problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela Joy View Post
    Hello, I adopted a 3 year old bichon frise about 6 months ago.. my family has become very attached to him and he fits right in with our family. However when ever we leave home, he becomes histeric, breaking window blinds, tearing down curtains... urinats all over the house Severe separation anxiety... the neighbors complain he also barks the whole time we are gone.... Iím not sure what to do as my husband and I work full time and no longer have an in home sitter for our son.. should we get him a companion? Another dog would be a bit much but perhaps we could manage a cat... thanks for any advice you could give me! I grew up with golden retreviors and never dealt with this problem.
    I would get a big crate that you could put a bed in for him and chew toys/bones and a stuff animal to lay with and a potty pad to go potty...then get a radio and turn on some good music for him to listen to, or the tv too may work. Hope that may help!

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    I agree, you need to have a crate to put him in, when you are not home. See if you can get a big RAW beef bone,( not cooked,as cooked could splinter) and just give it to him when he is crated. As far as the barking, he may still bark,but then settle down. If the barking doesn't stop, there are electronic things that are supposed to "cure" that, though I never had the problem and don't know if they really work! Don't give him any stuffed toys, as he might tear them up, and swallow the stuffing.

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    I also agree, crate training is the way to go, it helps them feel safe. I was against it for many years until I tried it.



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