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Hi, my dog max is a English staffy, 11 months old, and he suffers from really bad anxiety every time we leave him alone. We have had to leave him inside our house when we are out because he howls, cries, barks and goes crazy when we are not here. We take him to work everyday with us, so he is 90% with my husband or myself most of the time, but the 10% that hes on his own he just cant handle it. We are not sure what to do and how to relax him while we are away. We have tried to keep him in our lock up backyard but he always seems to get out of there too. Can you help?

Answered Thursday 10 July 2014

Hi Erica, 

 

It'a not unusual for staffies to suffer from separation anxiety. Have a read of this article, it may help you a bit. http://www.vetico.com.au/article/separation-anxiety-431

There are a bunch of ways you can try to manage separation anxiety, from chew toys, to exercise. This article talks about the measures you can take.  http://www.vetico.com.au/blog/tips-tricks-to-alleviate-stress-anxiety-in-dogs-279

With all this said, you may need to resort to sedatives when necessary. Have you spoken to your vet about it yet?

 

Dr Ben

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