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Old 01-24-2014, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Separation Anxiety, an awesome improvement! Where do i go from here?

SO! Yesterday night, I wen't to go clean upstairs and use the vacuum, and so i decided i would try Zelda loose in my room, as i recently got rid of a ton of my junk and there is little for her to get into now. So i brought her down stairs, set up my laptop webcam to face the door and my bed. And gave her a peanut butter kong and put it on my bed and left the room.
So for about 25 minutes. I waited until she got into her Kong, and than the left the room. She was on my bed enjoying her Kong, when i closed the door behind me for a few seconds, she stopped using her Kong. And then wen't back to it. For a while she wen't at the Kong, and then she got off my bed, checked the door and went back to lay down on my bed. I didn't here her bark or anything.. (i fast forwarded through the video)

Anyways i use to record her when i left the room from 30 seconds to minutes. And she would be pacing back and forth, whining, jumping on the door scratching it. Even when i left stuff for her to do, she would stop doing it.

So i would say this is an improvement. I would like to completely baby proof my room before i leave her any longer than 30 minutes. But im wondering if eventually she would settle down and just lay on my bed and sleep and find things like the antler, Wobbler, Kong to go at while im away at work. Instead of being in her crate.

What are some good steps to take from here? To get her to be loose in my room while i am away? (no longer using crate)

A few ideas i been thinking of: putting a baby gate in my big window so she doesnt try and go through there, which i dont thinks he would, but you never know, a dog at the animal hospital went through a window.. I want to block off a section of my room, with my tv and laptop so she doesn't get into cords,etc.. How can i secure my door better? What rate should i increase the time?



*On a different note: And if anyone is wondering from my previous post on her growl. She has not done anything since, i have had my mom work with her a little bit and i also contacted my private trainer and she also made some suggestions and when i have the money i hope to meet with her soon.
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