Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Allie that collar may stop his barking but it won't stop his anxiety and he may turn to more destructive behavior. There are several ways dogs will express themselves with separation anxiety, barking, digging, chewing, and even going to the bathroom in the house.
Have there been any sudden changes in his environment lately?
One thing you can do is consult a vet, not only to ensure that Benji does have separation anxiety but to see if he has some advice on what might help such as Rescue Remedy – it helps to calm. It’s a herbal and comes in liquid form.
Try giving him some extra exercise. Be it a walk, or a good game of ball, a tired dog is a less anxious dog.
Does your mom or anyone in the house make a big deal out of coming home or leaving the home? If so you need to make sure that when someone leaves the home/comes in that they keep it unexciting.
You can also go through the method of leaving the house for longer and longer periods of time, but you have to start out small and get bigger. Do it several times a day, slowly increasing the time your out of the house but only if he adjusts to one length of time do you go on to make it longer. This method has worked the best in dogs I have seen or heard of with separation anxiety.
Drifter has mild separation anxiety and he’s had it from day one when we got him. I found that if I left the radio or TV on it really helped him might be worth a shot with Benji.