I thought I would try here for some advice on what to do. I have a German Shepherd mix that we have had for about 3 months now she just turned a year. She has been a great dog. She is very smart and one of the reasons I got her was to protect my flock. She has been doing well with the chickens and is still in training for that. She was crate trained when we got her so that was great. We have been keeping her inside because of the horrible heat here. She sleeps in her crate in the house at night. Since the temp has gotten cooler I have been leaving her outside longer and longer during the day and some at night. The night before last I moved her "house" (her crate) outside on the porch and put her out for the night but left the crate open. After wining at the door and scratching she finally gave up and went about her business. Last night she tore up the hammock along with a few other things. And when I let her in for her breakfast she was so hyper I had to hold her down until she settled down. She weighs a lot and was going to destroy the house she was so wound like I had never seen! Could this be separation anxiety? If so does anyone have any suggestions on how in the world I can help it? I know how to help it in the house but outside??? HELP!!!!!