We've tried natural remedies, the Thundershirt and some techniques we found online, but nothing has worked thus far. I even put in rawhides with her to keep her occupied, but she waits for me to return home to chew it, which is absolute craziness for our food loving canine. Our veterinarian refuses to prescribe her any medications. I think he may change his mind if I showed him the video below.
I recently set up my laptop to capture video of how Bella behaves in her cage while I am away. I was out of the house for about and hour and a half and I would say that Bella was barking 75 of those 90 minutes. I've condensed the video to about four minutes. Bella would bark, try to break out, take a break (but never rested her head or slept) and then start over. It makes me feel so awful to see her in this state. I didn't even know that Bella could howl!
With me working more often, Bella spends more time in her cage than ever (if she doesn't escape, that is). For Bella's sake, I really hope we get picked to get free training! It's a good thing I have this blog because it means I have endless photos and videos documenting her bursts of insanity. Wish us luck!