Ask The Dog Guide: Excessive Drooling

September 15th, 2007 by Dan

Question: We adopted a four month old Catahoula. He has a wonderful temperament. However, when we leave the house and I have to crate him he drools excessively… he is soaked as well as the crate and the floor… any suggestions?

Answer: Excessive drooling can be a sign of an ailment requiring medical treatment, triggered by environmental substance, a sign of anxiety, or any number of other factors. Drooling while left alone suggests separation anxiety, which is not unusual for the breed. It’s always a good idea to rule out possible medical conditions with a vet visit.

Coping with separation anxiety involves a process of getting your dog used to being alone for very short periods of time, and gradually increasing those periods until you’ve reached a couple hours at a time. At that point, if your dog is comfortable alone, he will probably be fine for the day. Make his crate as pleasant as possible. Give him meals in the crate, and treats whenever he wanders in by himself. A four month old puppy should not ever be crated for more than 5 hours at a time. Ideally, you should work up to that period of time so he can gradually adjust to you leaving and returning, and learn to trust that you will always return and that he is fine by himself.

Other helpful ideas:
*Leave some music on while you’re out (nothing to loud).
*Start preventing him from following you around the house constantly by closing doors between you two, just for a few seconds, then minutes, at a time.
*Don’t make a big deal out of either leaving him or returning- don’t get excited or give him much attention during either transition.
*Make sure he gets plenty of exercise, so restlessness and excess energy do not contribute to his anxiety while alone.
*Leave him with an appropriate and favored chew toy- something that is safe for him to have alone (he can’t destroy or swallow it) and that is reserved for crate time. Kongs stuffed with a variety of yummy and healthy treats are usually good.

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