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Old 02-28-2014, 10:58 PM
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Puppy Freaked Out

Normally I can leave Fenrir alone and he has no problem with it.

Lock him in the kennel? Quiet.
Leave the room? Quiet.
Tie him outside a small store while I run in? Quiet.
Leave him in the car? Quiet.

However, a week or two ago, my boyfriend and I left him in his room when we went to go take a shower. Fen freaked out. We've left him alone in this room with no problems before (unless you count him getting a hold of a pen).

He was whining and crying and scratching and just in general doing the freaked out puppy thing. I finished quickly because it was late and I didn't want him waking anyone else up. He was super excited to see me again and it took him a bit to calm down.

He whined last week when we left him in there to get a meal but only whined once or twice and then stopped to wait for us patiently.

We often take him with us for late night trips so I'm thinking he thought he was being left behind? Hence the whining then and not other times?

Or is it just because he's at that weird skittish age?
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:50 AM
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You don't say how old Fenrir is, but he may just be at an age where he's trying to learn for himself what's allowed/what works. He may well in the future come up with stuff you don't think is normal for him and if you don't want the behaviour you either don't reward it or give him something to replace it with. Have a look at all the good stuff out there on Separation Anxiety. I'm not suggesting he needs any "treatment" at this stage but you'll know how to spot if it's becoming a problem and take avoiding action . Hope this helps.

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All I can say is that what is unusual about his behavior, is how he is normally totally calm when left alone or locked up.
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He's nine months old and tests stuff every now and then. He hasn't done it since (whinned for a few seconds when left in the room but gave up). I absolutely can't stand dogs with separation anxiety so he's been raised as a young puppy not to have it. I think it just might of been the time of day? This was the first time we left him at this time of night. I'll try it again this weekend.
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