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Hidden camera captures dog's fearless escape from kitchen (VIDEO)

D61_thumb By George | September 18, 2013 | Comments (12)

Hidden video footage of a dog named Bandit escaping from a kitchen has gone viral. The YouTube poster writes, "my friend's dog kept mysteriously getting out of the kitchen so he set up his laptop to see how he was doing it, the following happened."

After discovering what Bandit was doing to escape, his guardian stopped putting him in the kitchen. The friend included the following addendum with the video as to why the kitchen was boarded up: "The dog's name is Bandit and has severe separation anxiety, to the point where he destroys carpets, chews wires, and cuts himself trying to get out of his crate. The kitchen was the most "baby proofed" area in the house, so I began blocking him in there so he wouldn't hurt himself, as a trainer suggested. After seeing what Bandit goes through trying to get out everyday, including almost killing himself, my friend gave him full access to the house and IS NOT a sh*tty or abusive owner."

 

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Not sure if the original poster will see this comment, if the video has gone "viral" as some are saying. But for others with dogs suffering from separation anxiety, the comments section is probably useful. As John said, this dog owner clearly cares deeply about the health and happiness of his dog, to have gone to this much trouble to keep him safe during the day and then film his activity to find out that the dog was still at risk for self-injury. But is letting him have run of the house the right solution? Wasn't that the original problem, with him chewing wires and other acting out behaviors that were putting him at risk of injury/death? With separation anxiety this severe and a dog this determined, I would think there would be a series of steps to try, starting with trying to find someone to keep him (we have doggy day-care centers here in Colorado Springs), then moving onto some of the other suggestions here such as tranquilizing him, making the kitchen more dog-proof (closing those gaps at the top of the boards; putting in blankets for his comfort, chew toys, etc.) And most importantly, taking the time to have him settled down (after giving him a mild tranquilizer) before leaving the house as Julia suggested. I also agree that too much exercise can have a rebound effect, producing high levels of adrenaline (that feel-good rush we get when we run 3 miles), although a decent length brisk walk before settling him into the kitchen for the day would seem like a good idea. Tired but not adrenaline-rushed seems like a good goal. As for tranquilizing the dog, you can start with natural relaxers like Melatonin tablets, or seek out the advice of a homeopathic vet. They are expensive - initial check-ups can run $200-$300, with regular consultations at an average of $45/hour, but they can sometimes come up with brilliant solutions to problems that other vets have failed to solve. For a severe issue like this, to me it would be worth the cost.
hmmmm my doggie has bad separation anxiety and I just deal with itt by....well.... taking him EVERYWHERE with me... I know its bad but I actually think I have separation anxiety more then he does lol. I got worried when the dog looked like he got his head stuck, hope hes ok.
I would not recommend a ton of exercise for the dog before leaving the home. My pup suffers from anxiety and after books, trainer, many vet consultations etc., we could find no answers. We walked three miles in the am, and he ran in the evening. Because he was extremely hyper we were always exercising him. Come to find out from new vet we were actually keeping him at such a high adrenaline level that when he was left alone he did not know how to relax. Ive been through three crates (which he escapes from), he ate our couch and loveseat, and chews through walls and insulation to clapboard siding. It is a challenge to learn how to make it less severe (each dog is different). I applaud the owner for taking the time to figure this out.
Folks, take it easy on the guy. He obviously cared enough about his dog to film him and find out what he was up to, so that he could help him. I have a dog with severe separation anxiety. When he was young, he would tear up the house, poop everywhere and when I attempted crating he literally destroyed a metal crate to get out of it. I read all the books, tried mass amounts of exercise, discipline and a slew of other suggestions. All of those things didn't work. It's easy to be harsh on someone and have all the answers when your not dealing with their difficulties. Luckily for me and my wife a little bit of age and a rigid schedule were the magic formula for us. Not every dog is the same, but separation anxiety is a real challenge. According to the rescue group that we work with, it's the most common reason that dogs who have been adopted get returned to shelters. I'm glad bandit has an owner willing to work with him and help him out!
I don't like this - that has to hurt climbing up and being stuck half-way. Why not make the board go to top? And, yes - TAKE HIM TO THE PARK and let him RUN and be a DOG.
Have you tried wearing him out and making him tired through walking and running with him before you leave? We had the same problem and after we started really exercising our dog it stopped all this anxiety. He has a lot of pent up energy, so he is expressing it through this behavior. Good luck. Also when you put him in there make sure he is calm, and has submitted to it . It may take some time for him to actually relax ( I wait until ours lays down and sighs) and is not paying attention to me or anyone else before I leave him in there. If you leave him in there exited, he will remain as such the whole time he is in there.. Exercise, discipline, affection.. In that order.. No touch, talk, or eye contact, just your calm assertive presence.
Omg lol I was like there is no way that dog is going to fit through there....and it did!!
Karen has a great idea! Agility or vigorous physical activities may tire him out hence a calmer dog :-)
Wow, that dog is part lizard! I bet he would be great in agility competitions.
Oh dear, you must have felt really bad when you saw that. What a shame he suffers from separation anxiety. Has the vet suggested you get another dog as his companion? I have always had 2 or 3 dogs at a time as I didn't want them to be lonely while I was gone. I know people don't like to put their animals on meds but Bandit has a real problem. So sad, imagine being in that state for hours on end. Hope you find a solution... :0(
Our first dog, a rescue, had major separation anxiety as well. He broke one of his front tooth trying to break out of a wire crate and he ate the hell out of door frames (he was a small schnauzer/silk terrier mutt). So we just let him roaming free about the house. He enjoyed his freedom. Never destroyed anything. Bless his soul.
We locked both our dogs up in the kitchen because the older one kept falling down the stairs as she was virtually blind, and like you said, it was the most "dog proof" room in the house. She had also lost all control of her bladder and bowels so kitchen was easiest cleanup. The younger dog, Cody, didn't like it so much, and scratched the hell out of the counters. After that they only locked her up in the kitchen.
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