Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie Question

I have a 2 year old female sheltie that I rescued a couple months ago. She is a great dog but...


I have a 2 year old female sheltie that I rescued a couple months ago. She is a great dog but has a tremendous case of seperation anxiety when I leave for work. Does anyone have any suggestions to help her know that I will be back and that she is safe?

    In Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie - Asked by Anonymous - 9/20/2011 2:45:44 PM
If you work, this can be very difficult, for both of you. To try and get your sheltie over it, leave her for five or ten minutes. Just go outside for a bit. When she relaxes on that, extend the time to half an hour. When she relaxes, extend the time again. It's going to take some time, but she'll learn to deal with it. Also, if you can, leave her in an ex-pen so she doesn't get into trouble. Pop in a few toys and some water and she'll be good. Also as she learns security in your environment, this behavior should end.
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/26/2011 4:06:12 PM


I have 2 Shelties and they will be 2 in April, 2012. We both work all day and I still cannot leave them alone in the house. They have anxiety disorder immensely. If we are home, they want to be in our back pockets. I leave them in the crate all day and they seem to be okay with that and go right in them when I leave for work on their own. My vet stated that they are safer there than getting into trouble and they have no conception of time so I feel worse than they do about the crate time.
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/13/2011 10:35:15 AM