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I have a 14 yr old Siberian Husky who whines constantly whenever I leave.I can j...

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Question: 
I have a 14 yr old Siberian Husky who whines constantly whenever I leave.I can just be upstairs and he whines. When I leave the house for any amount of time my roommate says he whines the whole time. Sometimes for hours straight. It is his house and we are just guests. Is there anything I can do to stop it. I have done everything that was on the seperation anxiety list and nothing works. He doesn't make a sound as long as I am in the room with him.Would one of the no-bark devices work?
Answer: 

I definitely would not use a no-bark device. Most whining is caused by anxiety (which you already guessed) and any of the no-bark collars would add anxiety. Is this situation new? I’m guessing he hasn’t been whining for the last 14 years, just recently? Sometimes it takes a while to adjust to a new situation, especially for an older dog. Many people, myself included, have had great success with the DAP collars. They emit a pheromone that is calming to the dog. We sell the plug-ins (by Comfort Zone), but not the collars. If he’s physically able, I’d increase his exercise, leave him with great chew toys and stuffed Kongs and try the DAP collar. A trip to the vet would probably be in order too, just to make sure he’s okay. A 14-yr-old large-breed dog is a true treasure and I’d do whatever you can to make him happy and comfortable.

Additionally, you could try some Rescue Remedy (a flower essence available at health food stores or online) in his water. You might also try some obedience exercises. They will stimulate his mind, which is good and can help wear him out, but will also help him gain confidence. I would work specifically on out-of-sight stays. When he is with you, try not to let him be touching you all the time (if he does). Praise him when he is showing some independence (across the room, in the next room, etc). If he is crated, covering his crate might help. You might also try a white noise machine in the room he's in (or a radio or fan on high, etc). This might help calm him down, but also might drown out the noise for your roommate. You may have tried this already, but perhaps an undershirt that you've worn could be left with him? Rotate the shirts so your smell doesn't wear off :)

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