03-14-2018, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by kirangelo
My boyfriend and I just took in a new husky puppy from a mutual friend who urgently needed to rehome her. We primarily live in the basement of our house and this is where both of our dogs (husky puppy and our shiba inu) stay.
I've noticed since we've gotten her that when one of us walks away from her sight she will shriek extremely loudly (you can hear it from outside the house) and will not stop for 15-20+ minutes (perhaps longer). Even if I am just going to the bathroom if she sees me disappear she will start shrieking or crying loudly.
She is crate trained and fine in the crate - usually she will not whine in there if she can sense us unless she needs to go out in the morning. I am wondering if she has separation anxiety? Our friend who we got her from did not mention anything and they would leave her alone for 8-10 hours by herself often.
I don't know what to do to remedy this situation as I've tried filling her crate with distractions + treats + toys, coming back very quickly so she knows I am not leaving but no matter the length of time she will not stop. Any suggestions appreciated please the noise is killing my eardrums
Sorry to hear you and your puppy are going through tough times right now but its certainly fixable. It sounds to me like your puppy has separation anxiety and this could very well have came on from being rehomed. She may have been very comfortable in her new home with her family and then after being rehomed, with everything new - new environment, new people, etc., this could be terrifying for her. A lot of dogs who are either rescue or rehomed suffer separation anxiety from feeling abandoned. She is probably concerned when she cannot see you because she fears you won't come back! You have to put in the work to make her trust that you always come back. You could try telling her "I'll be back." And let her see you walk out the door, and within 1 minute, return. Do this often and offer a treat upon return. Slowly increase your time as you see her being more comfortable with each increment. Also, you could provide her with a fun toy/treat that she only gets when you are leaving. For instance, if you find she is comfortable with being in her crate (and may even feel more safe when you aren't there) then maybe try giving her a kong stuff with a safe (non-choking type) treat when she goes into the crate. Again, tell her you will be back. I have heard doing both methods helps the dog realize that you leaving isn't so bad.
Honestly, could your friend have re-homed her due to this issue? Its absolutely HEARTBREAKING to know that so many dogs are put into shelters because of this issue - and this issue is FIXABLE! So don't give up. There is home. If you say your friend has often left her for 8-10 hours alone at a time.. that is really not right of your friend. Its very irresponsible and selfish, ESPECIALLY as a puppy. Puppies require tons of socialization. And should never be forced to be alone for such long periods of time. Even adults dogs shouldn't be crates for more than a few hours at a time. Its really inhumane. This could also be contributing to this separation anxiety.
Hope this helps! Just know that having any puppy takes time, energy and effort but with this you can have an amazing dog on your hands! Husky's do tend to be a little more stubborn than some other breeds, but as long as you are consistent with training and being a pack leader, you'll be good to go! IF all else fails, maybe try calling around to get your pup into a puppy training class or having a trainer come to your home! This may help also give you helpful tips on how you can help your pup.