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Old 02-25-2015, 08:20 AM
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Puppy FREAKS out when I'm in the shower

My 11-week-old Whippet pup is a wonderful angel... until I get in the shower.

He has an absolute panic attack and goes into a fit of deafening, desperate barking the minute I step into the shower. I try leaving the shower curtain open a bit so he can see me and know that I'm still there, but it doesn't help.

It seems like he's showing the beginning signs of separation anxiety. If he can't get to me (even if he can still see me and I'm only a few feet away from him) he goes into panic mode.

Any suggestions on how to deal with this? I've tried ignoring him and treating him when he's calm, but he never really gets to the "calm" point.
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This may be of some help.

Taking Measures to Prevent Separation Anxiety Related Behaviors - Whole Dog Journal Article
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Grabby's article is great. I just thought I'd add that my Cocker mix did the same thing when he was a puppy - he'd cry if I so much as got onto my bed because he couldn't get up there, and he even would climb in the shower with me because he couldn't bear to be apart.

He got over it within a couple of months once he felt more secure in our house. He still prefers to be where I am and will sometimes lay outside the door while I shower, but I've come out several times and he's elsewhere in the house, mingling with my family members.

So yes, take steps to prevent separation anxiety but some of it may work out on its own How long have you had him?
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Thanks so much for your insight! It makes me feel better that it was something that your pup grew out of. I have to admit, I've let him climb into the shower at times because the barking gives me such a headache and I just want to shave my legs! haha

I'll read over the article and see what else I can be doing to prevent the separation anxiety.

I got Dig on January 31st so I've had him a little under a month now. But I also got him at 8-weeks-old so he's still soooo young and I think that's where a lot of the separation anxiety issues are stemming from. It's also hard because I think I'm just as attached to him as he is to me. :-)
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Learning to be alone is a skill that can be taught. Young puppies do feel very anxious when they leave the safety net of their litter and birth home.

The article will help you a lot. I've raised quite a few pups. I like to teach them to be comfortable being alone. Giving them the skills to be confident without you will make your pup a much better dog and will give you peace of mind. Just like human children, we have to let go a little to help them become confident adults.
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I put my pup in his crate when I would shower when he was a baby. I'd suggest crate training if you aren't already, and use shower time as a good short time in the crate. Plus, there's no way you can do a good job watching them if you're showering... unless your idea of a shower is different from mine When I first started letting mine in the bathroom when I was showering he seemed a little unsure of what was happening, but now he just sits calmly on the dirty laundry chewing on a hoof during the process. Once time when I took a bath he climbed in on top of me. He sat there for about a minute, regretted his decision, and left
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is he only crying when you're showering or also when you close to the bathroom to use the toilet or if you just happen to close the door behind you?

It is normal for a puppy to cry hen seperated from their family, it is what's keeping them alive in the wild.
it is our job to gradually teach them that nothing bad Will happen ,when they're alone for a few minutes.
I'd try closing and opening doors in the house randomely, so he that he can't "stalk" you.
change the room often and just act as if this the most normal thing ever...i think in a few weeks he will understand and you can start stretching "alone times".
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