I'm sorry but I hate hearing things like this. Do you think she is anxious because she is being left alone and is lonely without you? Um, I don't know if you realize this but it is completely the wrong way to read the situation. She is absolutely beside herself because her subordinate pack member, the one she is in charge of ie YOU is going out on your own. Lower members of a pack are quite happy to stay where they are put by their Alpha's, they will curl up and sleep until the leader comes back home. I am sorry to be a buzz kill but if your dog is acting up, whether it be, ceaseless barking, howling, or some dogs get very destructive in their fear and frustration, then you probably don't have the dynamic that you THINK you do with your dog. When your dog is howling like that it is deeply distressed because its "child" (you) has gone off without the leadership of it's Alpha - it is not a happy dog.
Sorry I just had to say something about that because I hate seeing and hearing about dogs with those kind of stress symptoms.
Ease up there darlin, my dog get's like that because when I raised her I was at home 24/7 until she was 3 yrs old, I did not work hubby made enough to support both of us and more, she is spoiled rotten and I am Top dog in my household, it's me the dog then my husband.
FYI she howls for all of 2 min, when my car is gone she stops. How do I know this? because I give a **** about my dog and I worried that she REALLY did have mental problems/seperation anxiety. So I do not need you, someone whom I do not know, to tell me that my dog is ******ed and thinks shes alpha lmao. She is a totally spoiled baby and when momma leaves she bitches for a bit then curls up on her comfortable leather sofa with her 20 toys around her and goes to sleep until momma comes home and then the party is back on i.e walks, food, cookies and love. Trust me deeply distressed she is NOT.
Before you decide to have someone mind thier pet rearing manners, live at thier house for one day, re-read what you posted and think twice before clicking "Submit Reply". That is all.
Elana I just read your post, I did go see a certified behaviorist and I was told; "Your dog is spoiled rotten, there is absolutly nothing wrong with her besides that" and got billed lol.