Thank you very much for getting back to me. Our dog is a 7.5 year old male Cockalier (Cavalier King Charles X Cocker Spaniel) he has no other health issues that we are aware of. We got him when he was 8 weeks old and he has never been comfortable being home alone. He used to destroy anything in sight and cry and howl all day long. He has always been very difficult to calm down when we arrive home.
For the last 3 years he lived at my parents house while we built our new home, they have another dog which kept him company. He was still very hyper when we would arrive home but not as bad because he had the company of the other dog. This dog has since passed away and we have moved into our new house so we are trying to get Archie used to being on his own again during the day. I have done a lot of research and we are training him not to follow us around the house, ignoring him before we leave and when we arrive home, I give him a kong and other toys during the day which he has been keeping occupied with.we have also been using a 'thundershirt' and adaptil collar. The classical music didn't work but thanks anyway I've tried it a few times and he is worse on these days when I arrive home. He gets regular walks when we can, he does not attend any classes as such but has play dates with other friends dogs sometimes. We feed him regular dog food so we will look at changing his diet thanks for the tip. We have seen an improvement but he is still obviously stressed during the day as he licks the windows and its visible that he has been pacing around the yard. He also scratches the back door and I can hear him howling when I pull into the driveway. So we are very much looking forward to trying this formula and the chill out chews!
I would recommend a class and regular practice sessions. My dogs have usually acted better because they could expect consistent time and attention. Please keep us updated on your progress.