Dear Dogster reader,

Almost two years ago, we invested numerous resources and rebuilt the Dogster community. With new hardware, software and personnel, we did our best to satisfy the many users who shared their thoughts, pictures, questions, and love for and of their pets with us and friends. It was a thriving community with many users. We hoped, however, there would be more like you.

Times and habits have changed and we are sad to announce that the Dogster community will be closing down on July 20, 2019.

Dogster magazine, www.dogster.com and the associated social media sites are NOT shutting down. We encourage you to continue reading the content found in the pages of the magazine and the web sites, commenting through the mechanisms provided and sharing your ideas and comments with us and your fellow readers.

Instructions for accessing pet profiles were shared with everyone in 2017. The instructions can be found within the forum. AFTER JULY 20TH, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THIS CONTENT. And, effective immediately, we are no longer able to answer questions about the community.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you through our magazine and website.

Cheers,
Dogster

I need help- my dog has severe separation anxiety.

Pepper is a 1.5 year old Shih-Tzu who I got because I was a stay at home wife trying to start a family. I took him to training classes, he got two walks a day and I spent time on training at home every day. He always hated sleeping separated from me in his kennel which was in the family room. My situation has changed. I am divorced and moved home with my parents who do not want pets, but they indulge him and are inconsistent. I haven't been good about walking him or training lately. I feel I need to respect their home and their wishes. He has become demanding and a little tyrant! He damages anything he can get his paws on when left alone and harms himself. I am going to be starting a new job next week and I don't know what I can do to lessen his issues. I have tried calming collars, pills, and a thunder shirt. My parents are reluctant to put him in an enclosure by himself when I'm not home because they feel bad- he stiffens and shakes when he knows he is going to be left alone.
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