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Old 07-11-2015, 09:31 AM
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PLEASE HELP! French Bulldog pup with (we think!) Seperation Anxiety

Hi,

Hoping we can get some reassurance and/or advice with a out puppy.

We have a 14 week old French Bulldog who's been with us now since she was 10 weeks old. She's really intelligent, is toileting outside, sitting, laying, we're really proud of her. The only thing is that when she is put in her playpen and we leave, she literally screams blue murder. Anyone that has heard the Frenchie scream will know that it is not a nice sound!

Anyway, she has a crate, and the pen is attached to that. Normally the crate door and pen door are both open for her to come and go as she pleases. Her puppy pad is in there and she toilets there 99% of the time, her water is in there, we feed her in there and she is absolutely fine with it. We get her used to being in there with the pen door closed when we're in the room and she's fine. We've closed her in there and and gone to another room and she's mostly fine. We're giving her treats when she's in there and being quiet. The problem is when she's in there and we leave the flat. I have sat on the stairs and within a couple of minutes she's screaming. I go back in, ignore her completely and when she's quiet, give her a treat and let her out. It doesn't seem to be getting any better, so would appreciate any advice. Are we going about this wrong? Can we do anything different? Should we carry on doing what we're doing? Are we expecting too much from her at a young age only 4 weeks in?
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Have you made the area you leave her in a pleasant place for her by feeding her and giving her treats when she's in it and being quiet? Have you tried leaving her with a stuffed and frozen kong or some other edible treat just before you leave?
For Merlin, I started feeding him in his crate so that he learned to associate his crate with pleasant things (and food is very pleasant for most dogs). Try reserving a special toy that she only gets when she's in that pen, that way she has another positive thing to associate with it. Aside from that, just ignore the screaming, since it's solely to get attention from you. It's hard, I know, but she'll soon learn that screaming won't bring you back.
Merlin's first weeks with me were rough, but he soon learned and rarely cries in his crate anymore.
Just be sure you take her out to eliminate right before she goes in the pen.
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