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Old 08-19-2004, 06:21 AM
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Dog doesn't like to be alone

My dog, Riley, does not like to be alone. When we put him outside we have to stay out there with him or he barks and carries on terribly. If our other dog, Kita, is outside with him he's OK but as soon as she comes in he starts barking. I should let you know that Kita is allowed to be loose because she doesn't leave the yard but Riley need to be tied to his run becasue he has a bad habit of going to the neighbor's house. His run is 75' long and he has a 20' cable coming off from it, so he is by no means confined to a small area. We have only had Riley for a few weeks, he was adopted from a local shelter. I wonder if his "separation anxiety" could be caused by the fact that he spent 6 months at the shelter and was always surrounded by other dogs? Should I leave him outside and let him bark and hope he overcomes this on his own? Any help will be greatly appreciated. He's a large dog with an even larger bark!
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Old 09-09-2004, 10:54 AM
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You may need some professional help from a trainer, but here's a beginning:

1. Begin obedience training ASAP! Go to your local Petsmart or Petco or other pet supply store and find out if they offer classes or if they have a schedule of classes at other locations. The sooner you start, the better!

2. Help the dog get over the separation anxiety through behavior training:
Put the dog out on the "run" and go indoors. Wait at the door until he begins to bark. Open the door and say "No!" sharply and authoritatively (command voice). Go back inside, then before he begins to bark, go back out, praise him effusively, and give him a small treat. Repeat this several times each day. Try to get him to wait longer and longer before he begins to bark. This part of the training will take several days, but he should eventually get to the point he can go 1 or 2 hours before he begins barking. Be sure he has toys to play with, especially one that dispenses treats. Only give this to him when he is on the "run."

Once you get him into formal obedience training, talk to the instructor about the barking problem.

There are a number of books on dog training that are available at PetSmart and PetCo, as well as on various pet-related websites and at

Good luck!

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Old 09-09-2004, 07:08 PM
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We trained ours to stop barking at night with a shock collar. That is the only choice that we had or we would have never slept. He had a very big bark. After using it a few times it quit barking . It was nothing out there to bark at that I could see with the flashlight.
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Old 09-10-2004, 11:43 PM
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I agree that training is a big part of the problem, and you have no idea what experiences the dog has had in the past since you got him as a "recycled" pet. All three of our dogs are throw-aways, one recovered from a small town vet who couldn't bear to put her to sleep; another wandered up the street and collapsed under the neighbor's car-hauler never to leave our house thereafter; the third was doomed at ten weeks to be put to sleep by a breeder because of genetic breeding deficiency... The first dog has separation anxiety problems and exhibits that by shivering when we are getting ready to leave. We have decided that most of the shivering is a "pity me" reflex, since she apparently does fine after a short period, and she does the same thing while we are eating (A type of begging we guess.) A lot of the problems we think we have with dogs and other pets is more in getting used to each other and learning what makes each one of us click---just like it is with two humans meeting for the first time. We all have adjustments to make every day... I sometimes think it is unfortunate that humans are incapable of allowing these adjustments to take place in their pet relationships and instantly demand everything to be right or obeyed with little lee-way one way or the other. But I do realize there are many pressures that interfere with what we would prefer to happen as compared to what actually is possible.
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