Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

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If your dog is literally eating you out of house and home, it may seem that your only choice is to live with furniture from the thrift store and replace it as needed.  Not true!  Here are a couple of strategies to help you restore your sanity.
The best way to stop inappropriate chewing is to provide plenty of things for the dog to gnaw on that are acceptable to you. For teething puppies, you might soak a washcloth and put it in the freezer for a few hours, then let the dog nibble on it to soothe his or her sore gums. For dogs of any age, a variety of chew toys will be appreciated.  Having a choice of toys keeps your dog from getting bored, and some chew toys even stimulate the dog to think. Squeaky toys give your dog the excitement of chewing on something that makes a prey-like noise, while avoiding injuries from clawing and sometimes stinky wild animals. If your dog attempts to chew on an inappropriate item while in your presence, simply interrupt the behavior and re-direct him to an appropriate chew toy.
Exercise is vitally important for dogs prone to inappropriate chewing or other destructive behaviors.

Occasionally chewing or tearing things up is a symptom of a more serious problem, such as separation anxiety.
A few training books are still on the market that advocate inhumane methods for stopping destructive behaviors, such as putting duct tape around a pet’s mouth or physically hitting a dog.
One thing that I would add is the fact that no dog should be left alone with any toys or treats that could possibly present a choking or other health hazard.
Chewing or tearing things up (like paper) can also be a displacement behavior, a way to release pent-up energy or stress. For example, spray items with Bitter Apple spray or Boundary dog repellant, or use a Scat Mat at the edge of a countertop, to stop counter surfers. I know it’s tempting but even the most durable dog toys and chews can be destroyed and without a human being there to take it away the dog could choke on it.
But we often forget that many adult dogs need the same type of management to keep them out of trouble.

Many pups have certain times of day when they are more likely to chew, so you can head this behavior off at the pass if you choose this time of day to give the dog an approved chewie. This type of training operates on the same principle as a child touching a hot stove – if something is particularly unpleasant, most likely the child or the dog will make the decision not to repeat that behavior. In fact, it is these endorphins that are stimulated by chewing, so if your dog is not getting enough exercise, he may unconsciously be seeking to replace needed endorphins by releasing pent-up energy through chewing. The use of proper management (for instance, crating a dog when he is not under your direct supervision), along with proper exercise, takes care of 99 percent of destructive behavior problems.

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