Hi, this is Doctor H and I would be happy to assist you with Charlie.
I'm sorry to hear that this is happening. Does he sleep in a different area than you and your partner?
Okay, and where is the door located?
Okay, and which door is he scratching at?
And where is your bedroom in relation to all of this?
Okay, how do you get from the bedroom to the front room?
Okay, do you think Charlie is scratching at the door in order to go to your bedroom?
Does he follow your partner around a lot?
Yeah, I think it may be some mild separation anxiety. I
think that's why he's pawing at the door in the middle of the night
How food motivated is Charlie?
I'm going to discuss that with you. Does he really like treats or other kinds of food?
Okay. Do you have any food puzzles for him?
Like a Kong toy, the Twist N Treat, the Magic Mushroom?
Well use his love of food to distract him from following your partner throughout the day.
Also give him a food toy or something close before you go to bed.
Another thing is to consider your separation cues, the things you do prior to leaving/going to bed.
Do those things but do not leave/go to bed. This will desensitize him to those cues.
Make sure he is getting lots of walks/daily activity to adequately stimulate him.
Additionally, do not respond when he scratches at the door. It will reinforce the behavior. You can start doing something called graduated departure training.
That means leaving him for small amounts of time during training sessions. Play the TV or the radio prior to the training session, leave for 1-5 minutes and then come back. You can give a treat/food toy prior to departure.
Gradually increase the amount of time that you are away from him. Hopefully that should be sufficient to decrease the anxiety.
Other adjunctive treatments are Anxitane made by Virbac, the Thundershirt,, and something called dog appeasing pheromone (available as a collar and a diffuser).
Does he ever act anxious when you tell him that?
Well that's good. Like I said, this is likely mlid separation anxiety.
Anyway, I would try that and see what does/doesn't work. You can also have some bloodwork (cbc, chemistry, thyroid) done to make sure there isn't anything else going on medically speaking.
Do you have any other questions for me?
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