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Old 05-30-2018, 02:13 PM
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Help with Puppy Separation Anxiety

Aloha from Hawaii, my wife and I have adopted a 10 week old Beagle/King Charles Cavalier named Henry.

Background Info:
-We've had Henry for only about 4 days.
-We live in an apartment building with decent space for Henry.
-Wife and I both work 8 hour jobs but try to take lunch breaks to check up on Henry
-We have a portable crate for him from Petco which he likes.
-We've been sleeping in the living room with Henry while he rests in his crate.
-When we leave for work, we put him in a good sized den room with food, water, and several frozen Kong toys. It's a fairly cool room that hardly gets direct sunlight so it's not hot and has a decent breeze. We also turn on the radio and have several wee wee pads for him. Also, we close the door to his room when we leave. I tried leaving a small gate but maybe the gate is harder cause it gives him false hope. Plus we want to give him boundaries and not run all over our entire apartment when we are gone.
-as soon as we leave, he cries for about 15-20 minutes, stops, then maybe once every hour or so for 15-20 minutes. (We have an ARLO camera set up so we can watch him....I'm not sure if this is even good to check up on him when we are away.
-what advice can you guys provide with helping dealing with his separation anxiety. Do we ignore him when we come home? We've been giving him a treat when we come home.
-my wife leaves for work after me and before she leaves, she feeds him and gives him his Kong toys.

Aloha, and we appreciate your help.

Family of Henry.
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Old 05-31-2018, 09:37 AM
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would you think of a dog walker/sitter? That's a long time for a puppy to be away from people.
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What would he want if he could tell you?

I don't know how you act when you greet him after work, but I've heard that it's better to not get all overly excited when you come home from work, because then it makes it something they are anxious for while you are away, and they sit around whining, waiting for you to come home. It sounds like you're doing what you can to make sure he's taken care of, but that is a very long time for a dog to be alone, especially a younger one.

I'd look into things you can do to occupy him and stimulate him. Like a treat dispensing toy that gives him a bit of a challenge, and something to do. I bought a Hyboy Treat Dispensing Dog Toy that my puppy really likes. There are also things they can chew on that are long lasting. I saw a DIY treat dispenser that is made from plastic bottles that are suspended on a dowel and the dog has to flip them around to get the dog food or treat out. Try to think of fun things like that that you can leave for him to do each day.

And look into finding someone that can take him out for a while so he has some interaction and different scenery. Or....something that would really keep him busy and give him company would be another dog. If that's possible. One that is well behaved so you don't have two to worry about. Dogs are pack animals and they prefer to be in a group. Their own "pack". Think about what is in his nature, and being social, and being around other dogs is what they would want if given the chance.
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My dog had very severe separation anxiety and I asked about getting another dog to calm him down since he's very social and loves most other dogs. A well known and respected veterinary behaviorist who wrote a book on the topic said another dog wouldn't help at all.

When i leave the dog park to get treats or a jacket from the car, he stops playing and paces frantically at the gate whining and barking. So do some of the other dogs I know who go there regularly who have true separation anxiety.

Dogs are social and some like other dogs, some don't (my last dog loved people but didn't like most other dogs), but having a second dog around won't do a thing to help true separation anxiety.
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