Labradoodle Rescue & Goldendoodle Rescue
Christina: I am presently fostering a 2-3 year old rescue who I have been told suffers from separation anxiety, too. I'm not sure what I am about to tell you will help or not, but I wanted to relate my experience. Chance was originally adopted for about 3 months. Apparently his adoptive mother brought him back because of his anxiety issues (or so she said). Chance is great. He's housebroken, obedience trained (as best I can tell because I've only had him a little over a week). I initially tried crating him but he barked and cried so much, and since I live in a condo, that wasn't going to work. However, I have 2 of my own dogs and, as long as Chance is left with them in the house, he doesn't cry, he doesn't wreak anything. When he's adopted there will have to be another dog in the household for him to feel comfortable when his owners leave. Chance, too, sticks with my like glue (not exactly the term I use but will have to do for the PG version). If I go into the bathroom he lays on the floor, upstairs: he's upstairs. However, this is my 3rd foster, and I agree with the statment that all rescues do this in the beginning. Your dog is also very young, which adds additional problems. I raised my goldendoodle from a pup and believe me I had so many issues with him until he turned 3 that I didn't think he would live that long. So I guess what I'm saying is you are really dealing with a couple of different problems that seem to be overlapping. I would continue the crate, I would walk out of the room or house while she's in the crate to see what she does and for how long. They are like kids, they are going to cry for a while and then when no one responds, they'll quit. There are some homeopathic anxiety relievers that you might find at a doggy day care like Rescue Relief, etc. which is suppose to calm them down when they begin to get anxious. It's a tough road, I'm not going to kid you. But these dogs are well worth your time and efforts. Particularly when they turn 2-3 and become different dogs. If I can help any more please let me know.
Just checking in to see how things are going? I hope that time has lessened her separation anxiety.
Charli had puppy vaginitis too. Had to go through several rounds of antibiotics until it cleared up all by itself. I think she 'just grew out of it' when she got older. When I got her, she was supposedly 9.5 weeks old (I think younger but..) and she had already been spayed and had a hernia repaired. MUCH MUCH TOO YOUNG but I didn't do it.
She has come such a long way since you brought her home! Kudos to you!!!
She is afraid of cut grass?
How does she do when she meets other dogs on your walks? Afraid of them? If it is only her reflection, I would try putting a mirror on the ground, put those high value treats in a path up to the mirror. And when she gets to the mirror, give her lots of treats - let her associate her reflection with treats. She may never love her reflection but hopefully she will not be terrified of it.
You are a fantastic DM!!!!