My dog needs advice

I have a doberman that’s six years old. Her name is Princess and she’s very beautiful, energetic, well-mannered (most of the time) and the cuddliest member of our family. But…she has severe separation anxiety and I’m helpless to do anything for her.

We got her when she was about 8 months old and it started right away. Every year I keep thinking it will get better, but it doesn’t. Whenever we leave, she shakes, whines, paces the floor, chews stuff up, gets in the trash, barks and just really shows many different signs of stress and anxiety. I’ve done everything the veterinarian has suggested for her. I need some more creative ideas.

Whenever we leave, I dog-proof the house first. Then I make sure she’s gone to the bathroom. I give her plenty of food and water. I keep some of her toys out to keep her occupied. I even leave the TV on as background noise so she won’t feel alone. None of it is working. She really needs a doggie therapist.

After we return home, it takes her a solid thirty minutes to calm down. She just gets so upset.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Anyone else have this problem?

 

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