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    Does having a second dog a fix for separation anxiety. I think in my case it would . Being alone 8 hours Mon -Fri . My female 1 year old hates for me to leave. Pulls on my clothes with her teeth when i leave. Now she is chewing the walls and biting through the paint and pulling out old wires. What should i do ? I spend time wIth her when i get home and all weekends just about.

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    Default Re: Seperation anxiety

    I stay at home, but I know many people on here that deal w/the same issues. Do you have her crate trained?!! Or what about crating an area for her to hang out for the day?!! I would say that two dogs would make for company, but it may turn into two dogs destroying your home while you are gone… Have you considered hiring a pet sitter to come by your house during the day to let her out and play w/her for awhile?!!

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    Default Re: Seperation anxiety

    She is crate trained. I have the apartment sectioned off . I have dog gates to keep her from certain parts of the apartment. The dog walker is out the question because nobody is home. If that was the case I would do it myself and walk her.


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    It might help. But I do have 2 dogs. 6 month old and 11 month old. I trust the 11 month old way better because he's not a chewer but the young pup is. So I used a playpen for him and the older one I let him wonder around the house when I'm out. I'm investing on a pet camera too maybe u can view it on your phone and use the audio to speak to her?


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    Getting another dog may not be the answer. I have two and every now and then they get into a scuffle. I would be worried that if they fought when I am not around to break it up would result in disaster and bad injuries. Especially since the resident bulldog is 1yr old and female. Female bulldogs tend to be harder to mix a newbie in. I would not add another female for sure. Many of our members have play yards ( kind of like a kiddie gate that has attachable sections) for indoor use, that their bullies stay in during the day. They have room to play and move around, yet cannot destroy anything. Maybe this is something you can try.
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    @RodneyWillis If you have a crate, then I would crate the dog when you are not at home. If she is doing such damage,it not only ruins your house-but could be very dangerous for your dog. Leaving her loose,at this stage, I believe she will only get worse. I have four, and when they were not trustworthy-they were crated. As some got older,then they graduated to being left out of the crate,for short times,while I was out at the barn,or a quick run to town. Little by little they got better. Getting another dog
    will keep your dog some company-but I would crate them both. When one dog has a BAD habit,the other dog will join in,so you could not leave them loose anyway!
    I had a pen in the house for pups, but when they got heavy enough, they knocked it down-so then the crate was used. As far as I can see,at this point, the safest place for your dog is in a crate.(I always felt guilt,but it is also for the dog's safety.) Once in a great while, I still come home to a little mischief,but most of the time they are good.
    They do sleep in their crates at night-just because....!
    Many people recommend daycare and dog walkers, which would be wonderful--but there is no such thing here!! So I never had that luxury,and probably couldn't afford it!
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    Default Re: Seperation anxiety

    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney Willis View Post
    She is crate trained. I have the apartment sectioned off . I have dog gates to keep her from certain parts of the apartment. The dog walker is out the question because nobody is home. If that was the case I would do it myself and walk her.


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    You say she IS crate trained--then how is she doing this damage?
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    Default Re: Seperation anxiety

    Sectioning off parts of the home is not the answer for her,, then actually crate her so she can not damage anything or hurt herself. We leave a TV or radio on so they think they are not alone... give that a try
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