She needs activities to work out her energy, like a long walk during the day. The cage is is the best answer to keep her from destroying things and also prevent her from hurting herself while you're gone, it should never be a punishment, the cage is like her room. If you muzzled me I'd eat your marshmellows too.
http://positively.com/ TRAINING!!! EXERCISE!!! I cannot stress how just how much these two factors will change your dog. Go to Petsmart and sign up for training, watch It's Me or The Dog. She is amazing with dogs. Also, muzzles can cause panic. It was helpful to establish a routine with my hyper Beagle. I **** you not she had a nap schedule and everything, We used a wire crate with an old blanket covering it. Schedule it rigidly, Dogs like predictablity. Also buy LOTS AND LOTS of chew toys. Also, as hard as it is try not to yell, or spank your dog. Anxiety in a dog is so hard to overcome. If you can avoid leaving it for too long would be good too. Come home during lunch for a short walk. I feel for you and your dog. But your dog just wants to please you, that is the nature of dogs. What breed? If you have a "working breed" like a cattle dog they are lost without a job. In that case job oriented training might be required. I have worked in animal rescue, a groomers and a boarding kennel. You tube also has some good training videos.
YIKES!!! TWO dogs, c4711? I'd take her to the vet and just get her tranquilizers. You wouldn't necessarily have to keep her on them always. Once she gets over what appears to be separation anxiety, she'll realize that you're not abandoning her, and you can slowly cut back on the drugs.
It is! We had to tranquilize our horses to get them into their trailers all the time. You don't want to turn your dog into a zombie... just to relax her a little so that she won't be so afraid when you leave. Any decent vet could help you do that!
Mmmmmm mussels, were you making paella?
I hear the squid ink version is quite tasty.
call Ceasar Millan :)
Get her a companion she sounds like a dog that hates being alone and gets bored easily.
My daughter has a dog who is large and will destroy the house if left alone, so she got a VERY large crate, for the dog. He knows when she is leaving, that he must go into it. he is quite calm about the need to do so. he walks in calmly enough. She gives him his favourite blanket, and a few chew toys, and he is fine until she gets home. He never does his business inside his crate, whereas he was peeing in every room when he didn't have the crate. I think they are both happier.
I'm sorry. I have no other suggestions. Maybe you need to talk to a vet, someone who knows a lot more about dogs than I do.
That is a very bad sign. Please I plead with you to talk to a vet. And a trainer. The longer you wait the worse this situation will become. I also agree that unless you are seriously committed to walking this dog at least twice a day PLEASE find her a home with a yard
A large crate
definately separation anxety.....crate training works for this, however there are medications that can help. Anti anxieties to help her, not our meds (athough some are the same), but give NOTHING without consulting a vet. Crate traing i supposed to provide a secure placefor him/her, you need to make it comfy, place a shirt or something else of yours with your scent on it in there, as well as toys etc. walk after feeding, do not leave food out all day feed at specific times & let him out to potty after. Crate needs to be comfortable and available to him at all times, try putting him in off & on perhaps put some treats inthere and let him go in himself do not lock him in...let him come & go. He should come to feel it's a safe place. Hide treats in toys they sell these items at most pet stores. place those in crate so he has something to do. if all else fails a vet might reccomend an anti depressant...etc. Best of luck.
Putting her in a crate for one hour a day while no one is home will not hurt her- it will save her from hurting herself by chewing on something that could make her sick or cut her, AND it will save you from cleaning up a mess every day and feeling frazzled.
muzzle...........get a friend or hire someone to walk her