02-19-2014, 11:00 PM
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Originally Posted by BedlingtonBabe
I do think that he is over stimulated. You can't play with him for 3 hours and then just drop it. You have to slowly disengage. He also seems to have separation anxiety from your husband. Whenever I am home alone, even with my sister, he grabs recipts and pens and toilet paper and we scold him. He seems to only stop if you play with him, slowly disengage, and then some more play, and then some cuddle time. This may work for your dog, but then again, every dog is different.
You should try to train separation anxiety out of him. My dog is going to start this soon. He is a wreck whenever we get home and he pees so much to see us. He is always crated because we think he'd just tear the house apart with separation anxiety, because he already digs in the crate.
WARNING: DO NOT INCREASE THE TIME TO OVER 5 HOURS AND 30 MINUTES. NO DOG SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE FOR THAT LONG OF A PERIOD OF TIME!
- Week One: Each day, do what you normally do to get out of the house. Then go outside for about five minutes every 2 hours and he will seem to get the fact that you are coming back.
- Week 2: Slowly increase the time each day to 10 minutes. During this 10 minutes, take a short walk or something that shouldn't take long.
- Week 3-4: Increase this time to 20 minutes on week three, and week four increase the time to 30 minutes.
- Week 5:Increase this time to 1 hour. Go to the grocery store, or the gym, or somewhere.
I'm going to disagree here-if this were totally true, almost everyone on this board and in the world could be considered a negligible dog parent. Yes, dogs are social animals. Yes, I hate leaving Sam by himself. I wish he had a brother. But it is impractical to think that somebody with a 9 to 5 can't own a dog or has to have two for this reason.
I'm a med student with a 4 month old pup. Most of my friends and my mom thought I was insane when I said I was getting Sam. But I timed it perfectly so that I was home with him fulltime over Xmas break and he was housetrained by 11 weeks. I felt ok leaving him for 3-4 hrs in his crate while I went to class, came home to feed him lunch and walk, and if i have afternoon class-repeat. I never leave him alone for solid blocks of 8 hours. Now he is reliable to where I can leave him out of the crate for up to 5 or 6 hours depending on how tired he is from our walks/his puppy playing with the neighbor. However-this is unusual for his age.
Sam sleeps with me in my bed too and wakes me up by licking my face. He initially tried waking me up at 5 am and that didn't fly-so I retrained him by putting him in his crate until 7:30 or 8 which I consider a more appropriate wakeup time. He then learned that was a good time to wake up mom.
Unfortunately, pups sometimes pick a person to imprint on and that may be hubby. Sam picked me over Blake since I spend more time with him. He protects me but plays more tug and rougher games with him. Just because you have different roles doesn't mean he loves you less.