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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Am I creating separation anxiety ?

So we have had our pup for a week and he has been attached at my hip except for bed time crating. He goes to work with me, out for coffee, and lunch and dinner. Anywhere I go he goes. Well this was working great for his socialization but I noticed on night when my boyfriend took him home so I could do earns that he wouldn't stop crying. And last night while I was attempting to clean the house I put him in his outdoor pen and he wouldn't stop crying. I love that he has bonded with me but have I created problems for myself in the future?


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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 10:41 AM
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Too young to say. Work on his alone time, in the crate, when you are home. Give him safe toys. My girl likes a peanut butter kong when she's in her crate, LOL she'll loudly remind me if I forget her kong.

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It may or may not depending on the dog.

It's never a bad thing to get a dog used to seperation for short periods, just like you introduce them to a crate, car, etc. You may use it very rarely but the dog realizes it's safe and normal to be alone for short periods or seperated from specific pack members.

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My pup did this for some time when she was very little. It's a good idea to work on it, just to make sure it doesn't become a problem.
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Mine used to do this as well, even if I'd go into the bathroom and shut the door she'd whine. Now she know's that It's not for to long and I will always come back lol. Just work on it just to make sure it won't become a problem, like everyone else has said

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Ok this may be a silly question but how do y'all recommend I work on it. Like what should I do?


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You can practice leaving a room and having her wait patiently without following. Start with 10 seconds, then 30 seconds, then 5 minutes, etc. You're simply putting the idea into her head that "mom is leaving me alone but that's ok because she'll be back soon."

If she fusses or follows she gets put back in the exact spot, no scolding just simply move her back, tell her to wait and then leave again. It's very helpful to have a bed, blanket, mat, even just a towel on the floor to mark the exaxt spot you want her to stay. She gets rewarded big time every time she stays quietly where you told her to while you're moving around, it's mental exercise as well which is great for wearing them out. You can look up "the long down" which is the term most people use.

She's still very young so keep your expectations low at first and work your way up

You can also crate her, give her a stuffed kong and leave for a few minutes. Same idea

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Dogs need to be able to cope with being alone. It's hard for puppies, though. Since you've only had him a week, he hasn't fully integrated in his new home. Practice leaving him alone for short periods, like a few minutes at first. ALWAYS wait until he's been quiet for at least 10 seconds before you let him out and give him attention. In this way, he will learn that crying won't get him anywhere, but being calm and quiet does. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend apart. When you greet him again after being apart, do it in a calm and matter-of-fact way.

Also, bones and peanut butter filled Kongs help.
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I have tried the peanut butter kong which he has absolutely no interest in it amazes me. He isn't really that food driven he seems more me driven lol. The peanut butter thing threw me though because we used to have a beagle who would go NUTS over peanut butter bombs could be going off And he wouldn't care.


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But I'll try working with him tonight about being apart.


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