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Puppy separation anxiety – leaving rawhide bones around will not do the trick! Here’s a true story.

Thursday, July 9, 2009
posted by Jim Murphy

chihuahuaI was at the office one day and one of my co workers brought in a small bag. She sat the bag on my desk and it began to move. At first I thought that I was seeing things but then looked inside, I saw the cutest, smallest little Chihuahua I had ever seen. My co- worker asked if I wanted the dog.  After thinking it over for about two seconds, I accepted. I began my journey home with my new friend. We had to take the A train than the bus to New Jersey.  I got my little friend home without incident. At first I kept him in a vacant room but when he continued crying, I slowly gave him run of the house. I was a little nervous about leaving him on his own the first day when I had to go to work but I thought that he had to get used to his new surroundings. Besides, I would be home and take him to the park for a long walk and some exercise. Little did I know what I was in for. As soon as I arrived home that night and opened the door, I knew there was trouble. I saw toilet paper at my doorstep. The bathroom is upstairs. I then realized that my little friend wanted to help me out a bit buy getting the toilet paper ready for me! I then walked in the living room and thought that the apartment had been ransacked! Feathers were methodically extracted from every pillow in the house and scattered around the room. They were even in the kitchen. All of the magazines were chewed up, every item on my shelf had been removed, broken and scattered all over the floor. I was very upset but thought that this would eventually stop. It did but it was not after six months, lots of money and a continuous supply of aspirins to control my headaches!  The nightmare was far from over. One night as I was sitting in my recliner watching one of my favorite TV shows, I smelled something. I couldn’t tell where it was coming from. It drove me crazy! I looked everywhere. AAAH! there is was. My dog decided to fertilize my plant with a little poop! As I looked around, I realize that he had fertilized all of the plants!!! A little poop in each plant. Now how did he do that?? He was a little super dog!

What was all of this. It is called separation anxiety. My dog did not want me to leave him. He does this out of boredom and usually within 20 minutes after you’ve gone. All of the rawhide bones in the world won’t cure this problem. So what could you do? Here are some tips.

1. Don’t make a fuss when you leave. Do so quietly.

2.  Get your dog used to little things you do before you leave like getting your coat, your keys etc. Do this when you’re home and don’t actually leave.

3. Give your dog more exercise in the morning before you leave for work. Take him for longer walks and make him run around a bit.

4. Leave toys around so he won’t get bored.

5. You may want to consider crating him.

My dog eventually got over this and was fine but it took lots of patience and advice from my vet.

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