#pupdate: Fenrir and I have been going through a lot in the past week. We are now very aware that his separation anxiety is an extreme case and we’ve been taking all steps to work past this. At first, he would hyperventilate, pace, howl, & frantically run around jumping trying to find any sort of exit.
This is the first animal I’ve owned with separation anxiety, but the things we are trying are:
- eliminating triggers: picking up keys throughout the day, putting on shoes, coat, etc. - taking time every day in Gleipnir (Fen’s giant crate which he loves) where I’ll walk around the house and go in and out of the entrances to confuse him. - giving him things to do in Gleipnir: peanut butter in his kong from , large rawhide rolls, etc - a shirt that smells like me - sound on in the background (he loves #parksandrec) - keeping the curtain by the window open so he can see outside - anti-anxiety tablets from the vet - a jacket from (WIP 😬) - a collar from - and giving all food/treats to him in Gleipnir (his crate) so that it’s associated with good things! •
There has definitely been progress in just these two weeks, but this takes time. It’s not an overnight fix and it may never go away completely. As long as Fenrir doesn’t cause himself harm and he’s not experiencing trauma from being left alone at home, then we’ll be okay. •
If any of you have gone through something similar, please share your stories! I’d love to know what worked for you and your doggo. Or perhaps what *didn’t* work? (Special thanks to and who have helped immensely!) •
Other than this one, rather large hurdle, Fenrir is doing very well! He’s an extremely sweet, smart, and affectionate dog who hardly barks. We start formal training tomorrow, but we already have a heads up on the basics. He sits very nicely, stays until beckoned, and knows how to lie down. Though, we need a lot of work on “off”! 😬 I’m also excited to learn loose-leash walking. •
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