Originally Posted by Oliver123
I adopted a Daschund/Terrier mix about 5 months ago (he is 1 yr. old). When I first got him he showed minor signs of abandonment, but he was okay as long as he was not crated. However, about one month ago, I took him to stay with my father while I went on vacation and he went crazy. He chewed a hole in the screen window and jumped out when left out, then he chewed through an airline approved crate when crated, and either jumps over or chews through a gate when confined. The behavior continued once I returned. I have tried several things such as calming scents, calming gel and excessive exercising, but he still freaks out when left alone. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to work with my dog on his abandonment issues. I am willing to put in the work, but I have limited funds, so I would like to try to do as much work as I can myself before hiring a trainer.
I was told by a trainer not to made a big fuss over leaving my dog in his crate when I go out and not to fuss over him when I return home. If we made a big deal out leaving our dog alone is only feed their abandonment issues. I use to leave my dog in his crate and just go outside for a few minutes, then go back inside . I did this to let my dog know I was coming
back . Once he knew I was going back I was able to leave him alone for a hour . Now I can go out for a few hours and Marty is OK.