Originally Posted by Dog Boarding Toronto
I agree with most of the other users, a crate is probably not the best solution. One thing that gives dogs even more anxiety is to be locked up in a crate or small room. It sounds like your old roommate made very little noise at all when she was home. And even though this new roommate says she does not bother the dog, she may not realize the type of noises she makes when in the house. It may be something as small as listening to music through ear buds or leaving a tv on without playing anything. It also could be a sense of perfume or smell that this roommate gives off. But don't just throw everything to the roommate right away, as it could be many things and just a coincidence that you got a new roommate when this behavior began. Have you thought about having a mobile vet come into your home?
Elsie is already crate trained, but I haven't had her in her crate during the day for a couple of years. :]
Our old roommate still lives with us, too--she's not gone, haha.
I'm not going to have a mobile vet come; I already took Elsie to our vet, and I really doubt a vet coming to my house would change much
Elsie hasn't shown any stress at being left alone since I made the original post; I'm still going to be trying the things people suggested, but I now think the cause of her anxiety was the renovation our next door neighbors were doing. I found out they removed a wall while I was gone when Elsie had her episode, and they have since stopped construction. I believe things are going back to normal, but I'm still treating her like they haven't.
I really appreciate everyone's concern and advice.