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Old 12-02-2013, 05:11 PM
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My 5 month old chi has serious separation anxiety. We have had him for a week. When we are home, he is great. He potties outside, he is fairly calm, and he has a good disposition. When we leave him--whether it is for 15 minutes or 3 hours, he poops where he is confined.

I had initially left him in an open area, gated. He pooped and puked. Then we tried his small crate where he sleeps (we practiced over the weekend leaving him). 3 of 4 times, he pooped.

I also started giving him rescue remedy, one drop per day bc he is only 3.5 pounds.

I don't know what else to do and I am so at a loss. I worry all morning at work and I am back to work Tuesday through Thursday. I do check on him at lunch time. There is always a mess when I arrive.

Should I just let him roam free???
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:26 PM
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If you can find a way to safely confine him, I would opt for that over letting him roam. Unless you have reason to believe that his confinement is the cause of his anxiety, I believe it would be safer for him to not be able to get into trouble or get hurt in some sort of "safe haven" within your home when you are not there. Something you could try is a Comfort Zone plug in. Plug it in near his crate or safe area an hour or so before you are going to leave to the pheromone is in the air, and leave it plugged in while you are away. This is something that seemed to help our Jack calm down a bit.
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I would try the pheromone thing too. We had issues with our cat and I think the plug in really worked. I know some people have had success with thunder shirts too. Also, making sure he has tons of exercise before you leave will help calm him. I would work on getting him used to you getting ready to leave (getting keys, jacket, shoes, etc.) and only leave for 5 minutes and come back so he sees that you WILL come back and then increase the time you leave for (if possible).
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I would use a playpen instead of a crate. Put the crate inside the playpen, and then at least he could use a pad outside of his crate.

I also would follow the above advice, starting with leaving only for a minute or so, then if he handles that, leave for 5 minutes, then 10, then 15. You get the idea. The pheramone therapy also is very good. Thunder shirt is worth a try too. Good luck!
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Have you tried playing soft music for him. I would practice putting him in the pen and pretending to leave the house for a minute at a time and increase the time as he does better. He needs to learn that his mommy is coming back. I would also feed him an hour to two hours before you have to leave that way you could take him out to potty right before you leave and he won't make a mess while you're gone. Keep your spirits up. Don't show him you're worried about leaving him as he can pick up on this which upsets him. I always talk to my chi by saying I'm going to work now and I'll be back in a little while and give her a kiss. When I come home, I get hugs and kisses and let her out to potty.
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I just came back from checking on him during my lunch break. I bought the plug in last night. I left classical music on for him today. He was alone from 8:45 til 12:15. He did not poop. He did, however, pee as soon as he heard me come in--he was very excited. I took him out anyway and changed the blanket in the crate. I am going to keep trying his crate because I don't want him to have too many changes. We are his second household. The first only kept him for a week.

I am going to google this thundershirt now too.

I try to be calm when I leave him but I am so bad at covering it up because I am worried sick about him. I will keep trying and keep a routine as best I can. I can practice leaving in increments on the days I do not work. Thank you all very much for your suggestions.
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Great!! Sounds like progress is being made!! Keep up the good work!!
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