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I have a 1 1/2 year old Great Dane. She has always been on the nervous side. Got her when she was 7 months old. Can't leave her without her having a huge accident. Have tried kennel. And that worked well. Now she is defecating in the kennel. She has a Doberman sister who controls herself all the time. We just brought home a baby,and we have been all along including them both in the pregnancy,so we don't think baby is problem,as she was like this before pregnancy.
We schedule walks and take her out first thing in morning.
She cries all night also.
We have had her examined by our vet numerous times so now we are trying a spray for hormones.
Any suggestions?

It is hard to say with this much information what is going on with your dog. Has the vet given your dog a diagnosis?

You could try an Anxiety Wrap ( to help reduce her anxiety. Make sure she is getting plenty of exercise according to her individual needs and do some training with her using positive reinforcement - no correction. Clicker training is best.

If you got her at 7 mos. of age her early experiences and/or lack of them shaped her personality before you got her. She may not have been properly socialized as a pup and that's why she's so nervous. Genetics may also play a role.

You need to use an enzymatic cleaner to remove all trace of scent from where she has eliminated to discourage her from going there again. One brand is Nature's Miracle, but there are others.

You can also try Through a Dog's Ear ( music to help calm your dog and some gentle massage. Talk to her - I think most dogs find their owner's voice calming - unless they are yelled at.

I have not seen much effect from the pheromones or calming collars with herbs.

Other products you could try include Bach's Flower Essences, specifically Rescue Remedy although I have never had a need to use this myself and cannot say from personal experience how it works. You could also try L-theanine or Composure, which are pharmaceutical alternatives consisting of natural ingredients. In my experience these products work pretty well, but I did see one dog have an idiosyncratic reaction to the Composure, so do this under the supervision and guidance of your vet.

If your dog is having these accidents when you leave she may have separation anxiety. Here are some tips on how to manage that:,

Where is your dog sleeping at night? Can you bring her into the bedroom? She may stop crying if she is near you.

I hope this helps.


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Cindy Ludwig, M.A., R.N., KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA


My specialty is clicker training. I'm a Karen Pryor Academy graduate and Certified Training Partner (certified clicker trainer). Karen Pryor was a marine mammal trainer and one of the early proponents of force-free animal training who helped popularize clicker training in the early 90's. I also do behavior modification with dogs that have fear, anxiety and aggression. I work with service dogs and was a certified therapy dog evaluator with two other organizations before starting my own therapy dog program, the first of its kind requiring all dog candidates to be trained with force-free methods and all evaluators to demonstrate a commitment to force-free methods. I made weekly visits with my own therapy dog to a nursing center in Dubuque, Iowa for four and a half years. I have an undergraduate degree in science and am a registered nurse with a previous specialty and certification in critical care, so I can answer questions pertaining to biology, behavior and pharmacology but because I am not a licensed veterinarian I cannot legally or ethically answer questions requesting a diagnosis. I have done graduate work in animal learning and wolf ethology, and have also completed coursework in dog biology, behavior and pet nutrition at regionally accredited U.S. universities. I continue my study of applied behavior analysis with top experts in the field. For more information and to schedule a consultation or enroll in classes, see my Canine Connection website:


Prior to becoming a full time professional dog trainer in May 2009 and opening my business, Canine Connection LLC I worked part time as a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant and also volunteered at humane societies in several states over a period from 1992-2009. My previous full time occupation was in the medical profession. I have completed various continuing education programs including but not limited to the Purdue University Veterinary School Principles and Techniques of Behavior Modification course; Clicker Expo; undergraduate courses in dog biology, behavior, and pet nutrition; and graduate coursework in wolf ethology. I was a Field Representative for Paws with a Cause for 3 years and train service dogs. My Golden Retriever that accompanies me in my work as a Field Representative is a "career changed" dog from the Paws breeding program that I have clicker trained as a demonstration service dog. This same dog I trained to earn the first Dog Scout title in the State of Iowa. She and I were also members of the Badger Kennel Club Drill Team and performed with the group annually at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. My dog, Ginger and I provided weekly pet therapy visits to a local nursing center for the past three and a half years. I continue my education by participating in seminars and class offerings provided by such notable experts as Dr. Sophia Yin, Dr. Ray Coppinger, Michele Pouliot and others. My services include in-home private training and behavior modification, group classes and pet sitting. More information is available on my website:

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