Puddin's Separation Anxiety
Back to Puddin's Separation Anxiety
The Shawshank Redemption
- Excellent movie and book. Not your typical Stephen King - no psychotic clowns or psychic prom queens drenched in blood, but it's not for the squeamish and definitely not for the human children. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shawshank_Redemption. Warning - it summarizes the entire story :)
- The barrier I use in front of my door is a 3 in 1 metal SuperYard. It doesn't really stop the dogs from getting to the door but it does slow them down. It can also be used as a playpen for smaller dogs or puppies. I purchased mine from Home Depot. See a Walmart Photo here
- No long, sorrowful goodbyes. No excited hellos. This can make SA worse. Some dogs do better in a crate when they have SA. Some do worse. Start with short trips so your dog will know that you are returning. Some people have said Dog Appeasing Pheromones have helped their dogs. Others say that some natural remedies like bach flower essences work. I strongly caution against using psychotropic drugs unless you have fully exhausted all other avenues and the dog is about to hurt him/herself. These drugs can have negative affects on a dog's liver. Come to an SA Big Dawgs training session and talk to Jimmy for some great advice.
- Great article on separation anxiety here. http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2865. It explains the excessive drooling. But I do caution strongly against the pyschotropic drugs (clomicalm, reconcile) unless 100% absolutely necessary. Exhaust everything else first.