Hi! I'm Elisha and I'm 24. I got Bandit from a no-kill privately funded animal shelter about a month ago. He's an 8 month old Australian Shepherd mix. However, I am having a couple of problems.
He has been dewormed, neutered and also has received treatment for mange and giardia. His mange is slowly getting better and his giardia cleared up after I got him some antibiotics.
However, he cries constantly. When I leave him, he literally screams. I sat outside the apartment once and he barked and cried VERY loudly for 10 minutes before I got tired of waiting to see when he would stop and I drove off. He cries when I am in the shower or just around the corner and he can't see me. He'll even cry when he's laying on the floor in the kitchen and I am doing something and not paying attention to him. I don't understand- I really think he has seperation anxiety, which I am trying to break him of, but it's just not working. Is something wrong with him? Do dogs that normally experience seperation anxiety cry even when their humans are near them but not necessarily paying attention to them? I want to help him relax, but he's always so stressed out and crying and it's starting to wear on me just as much as it bothers him.
He is crate trained. He obeys wonderfully. I say "crate" and he goes into his crate. I say "up" and he jumps in the car. I try to take him with me to as many places as possible and also my sister lives with me, so he usually has someone with him. On occasion he is home alone for 6 to 8 hours if my sister and I are both working.
Please help me if you can. Thank you so much!