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Old 04-02-2010, 02:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question likes to chew door frames

My dog has separation issues. When I leave or even just go outside she starts to chew to doorframe and starts to kindof freak out.
I have tried different thing to help. Putting her in her kennel, putting anti-chew spray on the frames, treats, stuffed animals for comfort. Nothing has worked so far. HELP
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How did putting her in the kennel not work? I'm confused.
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Old 04-02-2010, 03:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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guess I should have explained myself better. sorry. When I put her in her kennel when I leave she tries chewing on the bars and plastic and will whine and bark till I get back.
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I understand what you mean about the kennel we tried to put ours in a kennel several times and when we came back he had thrown up all over it because he was so upset,we would have to clean the kennel and him, he chewed our frame when we put him in the bathroom too. Now we just make sure everything is put up and all the bedroom doors etc.are shut and there is nothing he can pull down, he might have an accident once in awhile, but doesn't really bother much, he always has chew toys out. But I have an older boxer we leave out to so he is not by himself. He was far more destructive pinned up then out?
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You can try flower essences which help calm: Pet Essences Calming Solution Flower Essences

or if you can't find the pet essences, Bach Rescue Remedy for pets can be found at a lot of health food stores: Information & Sale - Bach Flower Remedies for Pets

Or I've heard really good things about DAP diffusers, which are dog-appeasing pheromones. Dog Appeasing Pheromone Collar - Dog Anxiety
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We had the same problem with Tyson. When we 1st rescued him, we heard that his previous owners didn't need to crate him because he was so good, and when we tried to crate him anyway, we couldn't coax him into his crate, so we just started leaving him gated in the kitchen. It worked for a while, no accidents or anything, but he did start chewing on the door frame and door handle, and scratching at the door from seperation anxiety.

The straw that broke the camel's back though, was one day when we came home and he had physically ripped the moulding off the frame!? So we got the crate back out and just shoved him in there. We knew that was a bad thing to do, but it literally took all of 2 days of us feeding his dinner in there for him to be comfortable enough to walk in and lay down all on his own. Now, when he sees us making his food, he walks into his crate, and when we're leaving in the morning, he'll do the same!

Here are some pics of his destruction!





I know it's VERY frustrating to try and solve this problem, but just hang in there and be patient, it won't happen overnight. Keep trying the fixes that are available, and I'm sure you'll see results one day.
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Jinxslave, we went up the same road with eating of doors. The people at the rescue taught us to feed Tazz in his kennel, and only in his kennel so he would associate it with positive experiences. I watched a lot of Dog Whisperer episodes.
Also as Caesar teaches-training continues daily with dogs.
I hope this helps
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Here are some pics of his destruction!





I know it's VERY frustrating to try and solve this problem, but just hang in there and be patient, it won't happen overnight. Keep trying the fixes that are available, and I'm sure you'll see results one day.
Holy moly!!! Destruction, indeed! Duke chewed the window sill in the spare room. I have a chair & ottoman in there by the window so they can look out, and the little crumb would just lie on the chair and chew, like it was his personal chewing station! LOL. I rent this house, so OMG, I freaked. Ever try to rebuild a window sill with joint compound??? Not fun! Like Bondo-ing a car!! Haha... Thank God it's painted wood and not stained, so I was able to camoflauge it
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This is supposed to be a good read on helping dogs with separation anxiety...I'll Be Home Soon by Patricia McConnell

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Not fun! Like Bondo-ing a car!!
Well, I'm actually a collision tech, so I make my living bondo'ing cars! LOL But no...it's no fun at all...I hate it...

And those pics are older as well. Here are some shots I just took...





We rent as well, so we were freaked out at this too! We're not going to replace the door and frame until we move out, in case this happens again. The landlord's cool though, he knows we're good for it and that we'll make it right...
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