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|12-22-2007, 10:26 AM||#1|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Woodland Pk, NJ
Hm Seperation Anxiety
so ive had my little one since she was 3 mnths she is now 8 mnths on xmas eve. I was working at first when i first got her and up until 2 mnths after until i moved in sept and now am not working...but i am moving in 1 wk and plan to go back to work atleast 35 hrs/wk. What concerns me is the very close relationship her and i share(like most owners) although she loves daddy too its me shes constantly following around the house..she can be sleeping and feel me get off the couch and jump down to follow me about where im going..i cant even take a shower or go potty myself without closing the bathroom door before she starts scratching at it and crying. Its very cute at first and very flattering but i dont think its a great thing for both her and I. I read some "signs" of seperation anxiety and it kinda seems she has them i really dont know what to do to break this or get her in a more comfortable state i hate to see her all upset and frantic when im ready to leave the house Has anyone else experienced this and what have you done that seemed to help? Thanks!
|12-22-2007, 11:09 AM||#2|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: North Carolina
Try leaving her for short periods of time, then gradually increase the amount of time you leave her to get her used to being alone again. Dogs really don't have much conception of time and she will probably just sleep the whole time you are gone.
The big thing to remember is not to let her sense that you are upset or anxious about leaving her. If you pen her when you are gone, you can give her a special treat like a Kong to distract her and make it a positive experience.
I'm sure she'll do just fine. You'll probably be the one the one with separation anxiety!
|12-22-2007, 11:25 AM||#3|
Bella-My Georgia Girl
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Duluth, Georgia
Lots of good advice from Ladymom. Start with short periods of time and gradually work up to longer periods. A Kong or some other toys to keep her busy (before she falls asleep! ) are a must!!!
Elizabeth and Bella
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|12-24-2007, 06:27 AM||#4|
Donating Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Jul 2007
Also, don't make a fuss before you leave and when you come home. When you leave, give her the kong or whatever it is you want to give, then leave. Don't say goodbye and look all sad and anxious, she'll pick up on that.
When you return, greet her normally and calmy. Whatever you do, don't act like your return is a big deal.
Acting normal when you leave and when you return will show her that your leaving and returning is normal and that she has no reason to be anxious.
I did this with my little one and she doesn't make a sound when I leave to go to work.