Separation Anxiety: Does your dog go crazy when you leave? Here’s what to do!

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63 Comments on “Separation Anxiety: Does your dog go crazy when you leave? Here’s what to do!”

  1. My puppy has severe separation anxiety. She’s 4 months old, so it’s expected. The other day we had to leave for 5 hours to go to a funeral. the very next day our neighbor, who lives in the apartment below us, complained that the puppy cried for nearly 2 hours!! I apologized to her and explained that we were at a funeral, and that we’re working to train her to be quiet when we leave. The neighbor was nice about it, but you could tell she was still annoyed.

  2. Cool video but it took 7 minutes to get to the point. You could really cut a good portion of the beginning and be much more concise.

  3. My dog literally crashed through a window trying to get to me when I left without him yesterday. Poor pup cut his nose. Now that’s extreme anxiety.

    1. A L I have a puppy husky and he’s great when there’s someone around the house but once he knows he’s alone he gets real destructive . And I tried leaving him in the crate he would be fine but once I leave or my girlfriend he goes crazy . Any advice?

    2. My Husky is well trained, except for the separation anxiety. She obeys all commands, is good with other dogs, & is good with people & kids. She gets 3 hours at the dog park every day. She gets a 3 mile walk. & I have another dog that she plays with all day, with an equal amount of energy. She can’t stay in a crate, because she will break out. She tears up everything! She can do lots of damage in just 5 minutes. So frustrating.

    3. My dog pushed the entire house off the foundation and ran down the street dragging it after me with her nose.

    4. My dog also doesn’t want to stay alone. He will bark, cry, try to dig the door etc. But things are better now when I have him Do more exercise and walks, also bought him KONG toy, I stuff it with treats, freeze it overnight and when I am going out I leave the toy to him to play and get the treats. The dog needs to know that it’s okay to be left alone and that the person will return. First I had to give him the toy a couple of times or more, when i was with him, we played together and in this way I tried to create positive feeling when he sees the toy, so when I give it to him before leaving, he will be positively excited to get the toy than frustrated that I am leaving the room.

  4. My dog has EXTREME separating anxiety, if I go to the bathroom for like 2 mins she’ll be screaming and clawing the door and the way she screams make it sound as if she’s being abused. Same with if we leave she goes ballistic and I can hear her crying all the way from my car.

    1. Desiree Becker same is the oroblem with my pup… he goes into a frenzy even if i go to the bathroom… he cries and growls and poops in the house and pees wherever he wants to… even on my bed… and goes crazy… scratches… whines… cries… i dont know what to do…

    2. Same and my dog doesn’t let me close any doors so I can’t change shower or go to the bathroom in private

    3. We have a puppy that is 4 months old and everyone in the family works or goes to school (from 7am to 3pm) is it bad if she stays at home alone?

  5. That’s exactly what I did with my sheltie. He was starting crying and barking immediately I leave the house. So went out just for 1 second and got back instantly. Then I went for 2 seconds, then 3, and so on up to 10. 15 seconds, 20 seconds, etc. Yes it took a few hours to teach him to wait calmly just for 20 minutes. But at the end he understood that I’m not going forever and that me leaving and returning is not a big deal.

    1. “es it took a few hours to teach him to wait calmly just for 20 minutes. But at the end he understood that I’m not going forever and that me leaving and returning is not a big deal.”

      Or maybe it waits 20 minutes then goes nuts ….. 🙂

    2. You were incredibly lucky for this to only take a few hours, in fact makes me wonder if he had real SA if it was that quick. For most people, 20 minutes will take weeks or months to work up to

    1. It’s not really resentment. The best way to get over this is to provide another activity before you leave. Walk your dog then play fetch or something this will train him that your not just waiting on him to use the bathroom to leave. Another thing to watch out for is calling him inside right after going. Make sure you don’t associate the end of anything with using the bathroom. The next thing is to teach them where to go when your gone. My dogs know to go on tile. If they go elsewhere they are called out on it, not punished just a negative tone to the household. If they go on tile then everything is good. My one dog recently started going in the shower and is praised for it. Dogs will have accidents during training. Don’t punish something after it is done. Puppy pee pads are a great training tool.

    2. Jorge E. My dog TOTALLY just started to do that. He’s a rescue from a woman I know. She should have warned me.

    1. How long did it take for her to be Quite I work with dogs rescues Foster’s etc.I’ve never seen a case this bad as my Lab/Dalmatian She’s gonna pee in her cage and never quit till you let her outside Then ignore her while her 85lb body his bumping all around you!! This is hard when your disabled…We’ve has her for 3 years she sees we always come back never crate longer than 4-5 Hours…I have no idea what’s she’s liken when I’m gone…I know when we pull in the garage she don’t stop!! Till after being out of crate in back yard for about 10-15 mins

  6. High thoughts: I would really love to see Zak George helping with the school system bc his way of teaching is great!

    Definitely helping me raise my puppy together one video at a time lmao. 😂

  7. It’s so easy to say yeah add some treat, spends some money, and add exercise. But if your doing this and coming home to a destructive house this seems really useless. Then people always say we’ll just pay for a doggy day care. I’m sorry if I had the money to pay for a day care I’d pay for a damn trainer instead of watching this fool tell me how to spend more money I don’t have.

    1. All that hostile complaining about not being shown how to stop your dog destroying the house on a video that was not about that. *Slow Clap*

    2. Dogs and kids take a lot of time and money. Try looking for supplies, crates, even toys used — craigslist and garage sales, dog clubs, etc. are good options. If you want to purchase new stuff, try — I got a crate there at half what they wanted at Petsmart. Patience and an investment of time and effort will pay off later with a better behaved child and/or dog. My puppy would chew the sheetrock off the walls if we left her to her own devices. That’s why I crate her if i’m not going to be home (no more than 4 hours though). If all else fails and you don’t have the time to train your dog, surrender them or try to find another forever home. Maybe you’ll have time a little later in life.

    3. These comments are so mean. You don’t know what everyone is going through. Telling someone to give up their dog because they can’t afford doggy daycare is rude. Where I live the lowest cost doggy day care with good reviews that accepts my pitt is about $30 for 4 hours. Some people can’t pay for that everyday. I’m paying for school, my gender reveal party, my dogs doctor appointments and neuter surgery this month. So unfortunately we couldn’t start my dogs manners class this month. Does this mean I should just give him up?

    1. Friends have you tried
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    1. The dog I rescued five days ago, escaped her crate and jumped out my mom’s second story bedroom window. I am trying to crate train her. She goes in and comes out on command mostly but she won’t stop barking and crying.

    2. This Video isnt benefecial for canines
      Dogs can be cured of seperation anxiety
      Its more simple than you think
      You must have a leather leash and a heavy collar such as leather, metal, plastic but nylon collars generally are dangerous for all canines they can hurt your dogs thorat. The collar and leash is meant to walk and training your canines
      Your dog needs to corrected always when you train them and in general
      You need to walk your dog with the leash and say a command for the kennel to go inside
      Let the dog stay in the kennel for a while
      If they whine tell them “no” and they’ll slowly cutting down on the whining
      Negative renforcement is important with traning your dog and other dogs and same as postive reforcement
      You have to do this everyday and night it is a must
      When you are going to take your dog out of the kennel let them be calm first, open and close the kennel door many times and tell them stay then tell them to come out calmly
      Also putting an antler bone helps them to be distracted and calm and a kong toy helps
      Putting toys and blankets can be a problem for dogs that chew they will end up eating the toys and blanket and they’ll die
      And leave the kennel for the rest of the dogs life after there trained because they will really enjoy the crate and will go in there anytime
      Dogs are den animals they must be crate trained to be more stable and safe
      Zak you need to stop training dogs if you are going to make constant repetitive mistakes
      This video isnt good at all its horrible
      Its pathetic of you to give terrible advice
      You are advocating stress and death in canines
      A dog not in a crate with seperation anxiety can die if they get anxious and eat something from the house that will kill the dog
      Im serious with everything im saying
      People look for a balanced dog trainer instead of Zak he is really bad at training canines

    3. Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution hi, my puppy is 11 weeks old and cries and barks when i leave, i am trying to leave him 5, 10, 15 minutes at a time but she still barks and pees inside. What should i do? I dont have a kennel to keep her in so she is free thru the house.

    4. my dog has anxiety when I leave her she will poop on the floor even though i i took her out to go to the bathroom she has never done anything destructive I need to be able to go to doctor or out to restaurant. I never scold d her .

  8. Love it I’m on the good side of youtube again💕💕💕my dog has a barking problem and opening the door also anxiety being separated from my mom.

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