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Separation anxiety...HELP! (brand new puppy!)
We just got a german shepherd puppy on Christmas eve and she has been dealing with some separation anxiety. Whenever I leave the room, even if someone is with her she will cry and whimper until I return. However, today while we were out, we came home to find she had been screaming and my mom walked in and she was chewing on her paws(self inflicting pain, I suppose). My question is what are some things I can do to keep her calm while we're away and what are some methods that have worked for you. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
This is our little princess, Riley :)
Congratulations on your new pup! My boy has serious separation anxiety too. Luckily he has never chewed on himself. I have always been with him. I was advised to try and have other family members do things for him like feed or walk, brush etc. He still wants to be with me all the time,
and gets upset when he can't. But as he has gotten older he has gotten a lilt bit better.
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One of the many reasons we go to responsible breeders is for situations like this. Call them up for hints/tips/suggestions. Also find out how all the littermates are doing and what seems to be working with them.
Think you need to way up what you are doing WITH her when you are home so she gets tired out.
Just getting the necessary start on --> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...s-puppies.html will help because there is alot we can do to helpl
Are you crate training? One of the many reasons we do it, besides just housebreaking, is because when done properly the pups crate is a safe haven so calms and comforts our pups when they are in it. --> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...uppy-cage.html
Some screaming is NORMAL because it's what puppies do when the USED to be surrounded by all their littermates and mom and then suddenly have been jerked away forever to an entirely new/strange/scary LIFE. So she isn't actually even just screaming to 'inform' you that she's stuck and can't get to everyone (she is communicating by the way....). She's more likely then not still screaming for her mom and littermates too.
So leaving her initially for short times. Leaving her with toys/kongs with treats to keep her busy. TIRING HER OUT.
There is also more training you can do utilyzing the crate that's helps make it more fun and has us doing some 'work' too :) Crate Games by Susan Garrett
How has crate training been going? Our pup has problems when we leave the room without her, but if we put her in her crate she does great. A sense of security maybe? Also wearing them out helps a ton.... And a kong with frozen peanutbutter :)
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