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Australian Shepherd Anxiety Issues
by Morgan Ford-Roberts
Hello everybody, I have a red tri Aussie named Aspen, and he is just the sweetest most good natured dog I have ever had. He is fixed and just about a year old, and he is SO anxious. Chewing on the molding, digging holes, ripping up clothes that he happens to find around the house, chews up his kennel, etc.
When we are at work he and his Jack Russell sister have a whole room to themselves to play in, of a pretty decent size. When we get home we let them out to go play, and after the first few minutes Aspen is back to destroying things again. (He never destroys anything in his play room).
We take him for walks, we have tried over the counter things from pet stores...but taking him to a trainer/behaviorist is not financially an option for me right now. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to calm him down? I just want him to be a happy little pup. I feel so bad that he feels this way. Please help!