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Excessive Dog Separation Anxiety

Question:
In the last couple of weeks, my 6 1/2 mo. old chocolate lab totally destroys anything in her crate when left alone even for short periods of time (like 30 min. or less). There is also excessive drooling, so the floor pan is covered and she is all wet. What is going on? This has been getting worse over the weeks. We got her from a shelter about 3 weeks ago and I’m sure she was in a crate a lot then. How do I get this to stop?

Answer:
What you are describing sounds like excessive separation anxiety. Labradors are prone to this type of anxiety as they are people lovers.

Seeing as your puppy is not only destroying things but also has excessive drooling, my advice would be to seek the assistance of a dog behaviorist in your area to work directly with you and your puppy. The best place to start is to ask your veterinarian if she or he can recommend someone.

Most of the time, this can be solved without medications, as it is a behavioral issue. With time and consistent training, your puppy should be good – but only but working directly with someone in your area can you start on the right track.