All you dog owners, what would you do in this scenario?
My 4 year old Labradoodle (Fibber), that I've had for 2 months, has separation anxiety. Whether gone for 1/2 hour or gone to work for 9 hours, he barks like crazy. He hasn't chewed or defiled anything. He has always had the company of people and/or other dogs. He is walked daily. I've taken him to the beach with the MTB tearing up and down the beach for an hour prior to work to tire him out. I've tried brief alone times, gradually ramped up. I've tried homeopathic anxiety relief drops. He's a great dog who gets along with everything but squirrels. I'm not keen on getting another dog. I've communicated with the dog's previous [foster] owner and have her permission to return him if I so choose. Funds are limited (working 32 hours/wk) so doggy day care and other costly solutions are not feasible. Neighbors have mentioned that he sometimes barks for hours while I'm at work. He is supercharged when I get home and fetching is the only thing that brings him down to sanity...which takes 5-10 min of fetch. Should I just HTFU, or return him, or.....suggestions?
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