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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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Please, never, ever punish a dog for being afraid. When you caught her pooping, you probably terrified her by yelling and charging. First of all, that was a bad way to go about inerrupting her. Instead, you should have used an interrupter word like "Ah!" or "Sht!" Don't YELL at her, just say it firmly at a normal volume. Then just lead her straight outside to finish. There's no need to scare or punish her, just make your dissaproval known. Also, instead of yanking her out of her crate when she's obviously scared, give her some peace and leave her alone for a minute, then try to coax her out with a toy or a treat.

You should never get angry at a dog. If you find yourself getting angry, cool off for a minute and address the situation when you're calmer. Oh, and even if she's taking forever to go, don't just give up and go in. She gave you lots of signs and you ignored them. Everytime she looks like she might have to go, even if it is several times before she actually does.
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