Anxious Dog - Help!!!

2021.09.29 03:51 smcgarvey95 Anxious Dog - Help!!!

TLDR; My boyfriend and I adopted a dog who we have since learned suffers from extreme separation anxiety. We don’t know how to help him and would appreciate any suggestions, guidance, and words of encouragement. We’re doing our best and are trying to do right by our dog, so please just be kind.
Please help! My boyfriend and I just adopted our dog, Max, about 2 weeks ago. He is a 65 lb. pittie mix. He is the SWEETEST dog when we’re home… he’s super cuddly, follows us around like he’s our shadow, gets along great with our cat, and has slept in bed with us since his first night in our home. When we’re home, he enjoys chewing on toys but isn’t a major chewer (e.g., hasn’t destroyed a single toy yet). He is affectionate but well-mannered, house trained, and (for the most part) very gentle when playing.
When we’re gone is where the problems start… The foster we adopted from told us he was kennel trained and that he would likely do best on days we are gone 4+ hours in his crate so he doesn’t “destroy” anything. We tried crating him for the first week and every day was the same: blanket or crate pad shredded, food and water spilled everywhere, and cameras showed that Max barked/whined almost continuously the whole day. Now, he does need to be crated for ~8 hours at a time, which I know is a lot. PLEASE don’t come at me with critiques about that being unkind, cruel, etc. because we are doing the best we can and every fosterescue we spoke with told us crating a dog for 8 hours a day is better than a dog living his whole life in a shelter or being moved from foster to foster.
Anyway, the crate didn’t work and we ultimately felt like it was causing Max too much distress. SO our solution was to convert our laundry room into a “doggy den” of sorts… complete with his oversized dog bed, a soft rug, lots of toys (squishies, rope toys, chew toys), a good bone, food and water, and even calming dog music playing quietly from a speaker. We spent as much time introducing him to the room as we could and trying to associate positive things with it (we sat in the room with him, gave him lots of treats and reinforcement for going in the room by himself or staying in the room for short periods of time with the door open and eventually closed (however, for very short periods of time). Well, Day 1 (Sunday) he chewed on the bottom of the door (not long enough to break out, as we were only gone a few hours). Day 2 (Monday), we added a dog gate to block the door. He somehow got the door open and scaled the 40” gate. Day 3 (today), we secured the door better and also kept the gate in place. No more than a couple of hours into the day, he literally chewed through the drywall and got out. And I mean… chewed through. We have a probably 3’ hole in our wall where the drywall used to be. What I think is important to note is that, on the two days he escaped from his room, he was able to roam the rest of the house seemingly without causing any destruction. He didn’t even so much as go through the garbage. We were shocked since his foster said to crate him to prevent destruction, when it seems like the opposite is what actually happened…
So I guess that leads to my questions…
1) What should we do with him during the day?! Do we revisit crate training??? (He supposedly WAS crate trained at one point, but his foster didn’t crate him at all over the past several months as she was always home with him, which we didn’t learn until after trying to crate him). Do we just leave him out and let him free roam during the day? Or, with an anxious dog, should we expect that eventually he may progress to destroying things around the house? We’re looking into doggy daycare, but we can’t afford to send him there every day of the week. :(
2) How do we help reduce his anxiety/stress when we’re gone??? Clearly toys and bones don’t do much to help. We’ve thought about getting him a thunder vest (although not sure if that’s a good idea when left alone for long periods), trying chewables to reduce anxiety and help him stay calm, or looking into behavior training options (which seems to be incredible my expensive for this specific type of concern). We do NOT want to give him up and return him to the foster, but we don’t want him to be so stressed/anxious when he’s home alone that it’s negatively impacting his health and well-being.
**Please, please, please be kind. I know there are people who strongly oppose using crates and who believe it’s cruel to leave your dog home alone for more than a couple hours at a time. My boyfriend and I are both adults with full-time jobs who love dogs and have wanted a dog for years. As mentioned earlier, the fosters and rescues we spoke with advised us that, in the long term, it’s better for a dog to be adopted into a home where they have to be in a crate or home alone for 8 hours/day rather than living their whole life in a shelter or being transferred between foster homes. We are trying our best and could really just use ideas, suggestions, encouragement, and kind words. Thank you!!!
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So far the best offer I have is:
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DC system size: 6.46kW
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For kicks, the possible worst offer I got was:
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2021.09.29 03:51 ST_Church AITA for Swearing At A Teacher, Costing Me My Exam?

Hi Mark! Long time watcher love the channel and hope you keep up the great work! <3
I am from the UK and this story takes place about 8 years ago at secondary school, high school for any non-UK readers out there. Our GCSE exams are the most important part of our school life so to fail them, it's bad but you can retake your exams but to be able to retake them you have to go to the retake classes these will be important later.
A little background of why I blew a metophorical gasket, I had failed a majority of my core subjects, english literature being one of them. I struggled to study the first time around and my home environment did not help, my controlling mother and her abusive boyfriend. It became unbearable once my exams had started, it felt like I had no control over my own life and led to some very unhealthy coping strategies.
I was home at 5PM made my microwave ready dinner, ironic my mother was a chef but never cooked home meals. I had to study for at least three hours and go to bed at 10/11PM leaving only 1/2 hours to do my hobbies. It got to a point where I would purposefully miss the bus and walk the hour to get home just to have some free time, text friends, listen to music, etc. I regret not taking more time for myself.
If neither my mother or her boyfriend thought I was studying hard enough, as in didn't have study material on my laptop at all the times they would check on me. I was punished with no electronics all evening, this meant; no Xbox, no phone, taking the power cord out of my goddamn tv and dvd player so I had zero entertainment I can no longer sleep in silence even now, because silence means punishment. Thanks, mother.
A couple of weeks before I was meant to take this class before my own mother was calling me a disapointment after I initially got my GCSE results, mentally? I was not okay... I was under all this pressure to exceed my mock exam results (C's and high D's) to only go further down (E's and F's).
The teacher that hosted one of my retake classes was Mrs C was not a kind person despite not having even seen her before I already knew what she was like, her reputation proceeded her. I never planned on disliking Mrs C despite the story, I just wanted to knock these classes out and do the exam my depression was so high during this time I laser focused on getting work done.
The day finally come for my very first class with Mrs C, there were about 10 students I was the third one in line. I had decided to sit down at the back of the retake class because due to all the stress I simply wanted to be able sit at the back and get on with work and not have to worry about being called upon and Mrs. C had turned around from the board, she noticed where I decided to situate myself and conversation went like this;
"Sitting at the back? No wonder you failed your exams." This woman who I has never met me before touched the wrong nerve, I lost it.
"It's not like I want to be here." I mumbled under my breath.
"What was that?"
"It's not like I want to be here." I was more confident the second time, because I was pissed.
"You are more than free to leave."
If it wasn't for my anger management classes the school made me take, I was a very angry teen I got into a lot of fights. Instead I decided to simply not engage with her because anymore and I would've snapped if it carried on so I silently packed my things and began to leave.
Before leaving, I had decided to vent more frustration towards her.
"I wouldn't want to be in your class anyways, you fat *See you next Tuesday*." I did not raise my voice, but I remember sounding like I was seething with anger.
Slamming the classroom door shut, after that it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop as I walked home that evening I was 90% sure something would've come of it but nothing did. I was never approached to retake my english exams again and have had an F in English Literature ever since.
I feel I could possibly be the asshole because I cost myself the chance to redo my exams and get the grade that would've really helped me in the long run, in college I had to do english classes. It's not like Mrs. C could tell what I was going through.
Mrs. C could be the asshole because her comment was unnecessarily malicious and had she'd been more professional I wouldn't have blown up and stormed out of her class, being able to take the exam.
So MarkNarrations reddit? AITA?
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