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Crating for seperation anxiety?

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First off, I am new to forums, but I have been lurking and reading for a while.

Hello, and my name is Matt.

Ok, so I just got my dog Zoe about 1.5 months ago or so. I adopted her from the pound and they estimate her age is in between 1.5-2 years old. I wasn't working when I originally got her, but now I have started up again. She has recently started eliminating on the floor. I take her out at least 5 times a day to go to the bathroom, and she gets plenty of exercise. The thing is that she will not go to the restroom if I leave her home with someone, but when people are all gone, she seems to always poop in my room. She if VERY attached to me, and I think it might be seperation anxiety. My roomate says that she paces between my bed and the door when I leave, and when I am around, she never leaves my heel. I have reprimanded her when she does poop, and I reward her when she goes outside.

Will crating help this? I work in 4 hours shifts, but she will go right after I take her out, and I will only be gone <2 hours. She knows she shouldn't because she tucks her tail and runs to her bed when I see it. She will also go sometimes when I am asleep.

I want to help her but I don't' know what else to do. I cant' help get mad at her, so I don't know how you guys let your dogs poop on the floor and not say anything to them.

Any and all help will be appreciated.

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Welcome to the site.

I agree not Separation anxiety... If you want to see Separation Anxiety see this Youtube link of my dog http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdPpkH82Afo Make sure your volume isn't up too loud... It's pretty loud.

When I first brought home Nubs (Not the dog in the vidoe above) He was housebroken when we were home. He could hold it 10 to 15 hours if we were home (like overnight or days he just didn't want to go outside yet) but if he was left alone in his hallway (where he slept) when we weren't at home, he'd poop and pee in the hallway.

Crating him did fix the problem, and its now to the point where if he has to go potty, he lets himself out the back door to go.

Your issue is just as the store clerk said. She isn't fully house broken yet. Have fun and I hop you stick around :D
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