Q. Our dog loves my daughter. She gets very upset if my daughter leaves,runs, dances, sings, or anything like that. Is there medication for this?
A. Slowly acclimate her to your daughter's absence or activities. Prepare to leave the house several times during the day and night. Leave sometimes and other times stay. Do not make a big deal about leaving or returning. Initially, have your daughter step outside for a minute or two then walk back inside. Ignore the dog for 15 minutes or until she calms down each time your daughter returns. Gradually increase the length of your daughter's absence or activity. Provide special toys, treats or tasks to be used only when your daughter leaves. Use praise and small rewards as the dog progresses. The use of pheromone collars or sprays may also help to ease her anxiety. She may need to be seen by your vet as well as by a behaviorist or trainer. A combination of medication and behavior modification may be required in this situation.