PITtsburgher wrote:That sounds like a really tough situation. I think it's awesome that your son rescued this dog and is trying to help him. I think there are 2 things that need to be addressed - both the immediate safety for your dog/house, but also the dog's state of mind that is causing him to act this way. A containment system would help with the first but not the second, so I think working with a veterinary behaviorist will be key in helping him actually learn to keep calm while you're away.
As far as the containment, a couple members on here have crates that look somewhat like this (not sure if this is the exact brand):
Another option would be to look into dog daycare if you can find a good place, might be easier on him and cost less up front.
AllisonPibbleLvr wrote:A friend turned her laundry room into a dog room for her SA dogs. They tiled the walls up from the floor about 5' high and removed basically everything within his reach except the appliances.
I would definitely second the suggestion of seeing a vet behaviorist ASAP. I think you'll have much better luck if you can get him on some anti-anxiety meds now. They can take some time to take effect so the sooner the better.
He sounds like a very very lucky dog to land with you.
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