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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadnought View Post
    Have you tried tying her up outside when your mother leaves? The dog has serious behavioural problems, if she's still acting like that and she's about to go to the next level of obedience school, something is wrong. I don't have any practical experience with abused animals, but that's just my take. We've had Georgia since she was a puppy and we started training her with the good ol' reward system, and the only thing that kept her from whining, eating electrical wires, and peeing/pooping everywhere was the crate.
    We don't have anyplace to tie her outside, unfortunetly. Fences and fenced areas aren't permitted (it's one of those oh so lovely developments). My first dog, Poochanne, didn't have any of these problems. That may be part of what the problem is with training Lily. Poochanne took to training as a puppy and we had 15 years with a very well behaved and polite dog that knew her place and knew what was going to get her yelled at. We never even considered a crate with her. Lily was 3 when we got her, and either her original owner was lax and we're just carrying it over, or my parents are lost at disipling her and my attempts just come off as being mean to her.

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    My wife was previously married and her husband had a pomeranian. After her husband died the dog was fine with her exept for marking everywhere in the house. when I moved in, the dog became aggressive towards the both of us and marked even more. She gave the dog to her mom where he is just fine; he doesn't mark the house and he isn't agressive there either. Sometimes behavioral problem dogs need a BIG change.

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    Try this: Have Mom sleep on a towel. Afterwards, take a large, no top box
    and cut out large entrance to it. Put said towel inside said box, along with favorite toys.

    The smell will remind her of Mom and it may calm her, a little. 'safe zone'. if you will; that's what her box will be to her.

    Meanwhile, play with Lily alongside your Mom, after seven days, try playing with her yourself, have Mom return every five minutes for a week(to build self-confidence). Every seven days, up it a while, until Mom is coming by only every hour. After seven more days, Lily should be playing fully with you and she should over this problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mini14 View Post
    Try this: Have Mom sleep on a towel. Afterwards, take a large, no top box
    and cut out large entrance to it. Put said towel inside said box, along with favorite toys.

    The smell will remind her of Mom and it may calm her, a little. 'safe zone'. if you will; that's what her box will be to her.

    Meanwhile, play with Lily alongside your Mom, after seven days, try playing with her yourself, have Mom return every five minutes for a week(to build self-confidence). Every seven days, up it a while, until Mom is coming by only every hour. After seven more days, Lily should be playing fully with you and she should over this problem.
    Thanks! I'll be running this past mom to see what she thinks about trying it out. Mom's at the end of her rope with this, too, I think.

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    My rescued dog had a lot of separation anxiety when we first brought him home. He was extremely neglected his whole life, so whenever we would leave, he would freak out and sometimes pee. It just took him time to get over it and understand our routine. He still gets anxious when I'm coming home late from work. He has shown a lot of improvement, though. It just takes time and training. I have seen at Petco these little sedative treats for long road trips and such. They are safe for your dog. You mighttry them, I don't think that they are that expensive. It will just take him time. All the other advice is extremely good. good luck.

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    I've seen those treats and I bought them. The vet even gave my mom a slip for sedatives. She threw them all out. She refuses to give the dog any sedatives and I cannot for the life of me figure out why. We've had her for a year and she's getting worse, so I don't understand why she sees the sedatives as cruel and not the panic the dog is constantly in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2400 View Post
    You have been given a lot of good ideas. I would add that everyone in the family needs to be the dominant/alpha in lily's world. Don't try to comfort her when she is in this state of mind. I've heard that only teachers her that her behavior is acceptable. It sounds like she is nervous and insecure.
    Have you tried taking her for a walk. Your mom might try this before she leaves, this way she won't have so much energy.
    You might try a dog trainer that specializes in getting rid of unwanted behavior.
    Have you ever seen the show "Dog Whisperer" on National Geographic Channel? I feel he has some good ideas.
    As for a electronic collar, I'm not sure it would be the best thing for a dog in her state of mind.
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    It sounds like you need an ivention with Cesar Millan.
    http://www.dogpsychologycenter.com/
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    Get Cesar Millans book. Has some very good ideas in it and it will show you how to become the Alpha and quit being the Omega.

    Have you started watching "Dog Whisperer" on the National Geographic channel, yet?

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    No, I have no idea when it comes on. Then I need to wrestle the remote from my dad. LOL!

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    He has a newsletter that comes out every month that is free. I get it. You may want to try that. You can sign up on his web site.

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    Cool! I think I will. Thanks!

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    Definitely separation anxiety. Dr. Phil had a show on that topic. Dog would go bonkers when the owner left to go to work, practically destroyed the house during the daytime.

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    Your dog needs anti anxiety medication, not sedatives. First reduce the emotional stress, and then focus on the training. Think about it...You get stressed over something, and the last thing you need is anyone telling you what to do. Dogs aren't any different in this regard . A calm person or animal is much eaiser to train, and the training will stick much better. Beating, shooting, tying up outside....what does this teach the animal. Not a damn thing. Reduce the anxiety, and then find a training technique that works. There are as many ways to train a dog as there are opinions.

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