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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thwarting separation anxiety

As part of the socialization process, we plan on taking the puppy everywhere we can with us.
For the first month or 2, he will come to work with me ( until he can hold his bladder long enough to be in a kennel at home while we are at work and DD is at school.) . I was thinking the other day, won't this cause him to have separation anxiety? If he goes with us every where when he is young and impressionable are we setting him up to be too attached to us?
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You have to allot time where he is in the crate while you are at home in another room so that he can learn to become comfortable with the separation and being on his own. If that happens then you can have the dog hang out with you 90% of the time and it will be ok.

You will walk when it is time to walk
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Just make sure every time that you do leave him alone, give him a safe space (crate etc --- I prefer crating) and make it like it's the best thing ever, you know? I had a dog with severe separation anxiety and I would give him some serious spring pole time and other exercise and freeze a black kong or two with some peanut butter and when I had to go out for work or whatever, I'd put him in his crate and give him the kongs.

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