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Old 11-09-2012, 09:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey y'all, I hope this is the best place for this, if not, I apologize.

I had two GSDs, father-daughter. The daughter(Masie) took to me more than my ex-wife and the father really never bonded with me. I am in the Army Reserves and left for a year when Masie was still young...born in Dec '10...I left in Mar '11...so 3 months. When I got back a year later, she still took to me better. This is all valid hang with me. She wasn't trained well by the ex-wife who was more interested in other men than staying at home and raising them. Once we got a divorce she took the father and I still have Masie. When I got back it was just us three, the father Masie and I. When I would go to work and come home Masie would be excited but nothing insane. Since my ex-wife took the father and I leave for work she goes absolutely ape-poo when I get home.

I live with my parents so it isn't like she's alone all day and she's got my cat to play with, however, I have to leave for a few days to weeks at a time for work and if I don't stay at my house for one night and come home the next day she loses her mind. My mother tells me when I'm not home and she hears a loud vehicle like my Jeep go by the house she gets all excited and starts waiting at the door for me, sweet but once I do get in the door she jumps and whines and like I said loses her mind.

What can I do to nip this behavior, because I'm about to move out and she'll be at home all day with just the cat.

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Old 11-10-2012, 12:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you sure it's separation anxiety? Sounds like she's just excited to see you and I'm sure she misses not having her father around to. I thought SA would be excessive whining, barking or perhaps destructive behavior.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Are you sure it's separation anxiety? Sounds like she's just excited to see you and I'm sure she misses not having her father around to. I thought SA would be excessive whining, barking or perhaps destructive behavior.
Pretty sure. She does bark and whine a lot, whines and groans more than bark. Not destructive at all, won't even eat a rawhide bone. But I think it is because if I just go to work and come back that night no matter how long I'm out as long as I sleep in my bed, she's fine. But if I spend at least one night away she goes crazy when I get home. While I'm gone she whines and paces about 60% of the day, or so says my mom.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It might be separation anxiety but to me it just sounds like she is bored. If your mom could walk her while you are away, it would relieve her boredom and help her relax more.

When my girl had separation anxiety, she barked, howled, and destroyed everything in sight.

My girl still paces even when I am home, if she doesn't get enough exercise and mental stimulation. I play with her plenty, but she also does better if we do at the very least, some basic OB stuff every day. They thrive on having a job and yours sounds like she needs one to feel content.
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Right on. I'll start her on a training schedule and I'll see what happens next time I leave.
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