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When I leave my 13 week German Shepherd puppy alone, she goes nuts and never starts barking and crying until I return. No matter how long I am gone. We got the dog when she was 11 weeks old. Is there any medication we can give her to stop this whining? -Asbjorn-

Smartliving Guest asked this
January 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM



Dear Mr. Asbjorn Ottar Moldver,

I would try our homeopathic Anxietrex and some Chill Out Chews to reduce the anxiety. Anxietrex can be added to the water daily for several weeks if necessary, and Chill Out Chews 15 minutes before you plan on leaving. You could also leave some classical or relaxing music playing when you are gone.

Do you put her in a crate? It should be big enough for her to stand up and turn around. Sometimes dogs feel safer in their own little cave. Putting a blanket over half the crate can make it seem more secure. Make sure she can't chew the blanket. It would also be helpful to provide a Kong toy with peanut butter or treats inside to provide distraction.

I would also suggest that you feed a high quality grain free diet. You would want to avoid a diet with artificial colors and preservatives. A lower quality diet can make a dog more hyperactive.

Also provide adequate daily exercise. Excess energy makes it harder for a puppy settle down. Please let us know how you do.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
January 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM
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