Post # 1
Our 11 week old puppy has separation anxiety. I work from home so I’m with him ALL the time. Whenever I leave the room, he cries and cries and also soils the floor with both no. 1 and no. 2. I think he panics. He goes on his paper or outside otherwise…it’s just when he panics that this happens.
Any idea on how to deal with this? I can’t be with him every second of the day but I do right now because it’s easier than cleaning up his “accidents” all day long.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
There’s lots of simple and easy tips and tricks to try before you try more expensive and lengthy techniques.
Crate training is a great way to get dogs comfortable with their surroundings and also keep them from messing in the house because by instinct they won’t go where they sleep unless its a major emergency.
The simplest tricks are a hot water bottle and/or a clock(that ticks) under the blanket in his crate with him. Leaving music or the TV on also works for a lot of dogs (our solution to block out outside noises that make our dog anxious).
Post # 4
He freaks out even when I run to the bathroom for 5 minutes. Should I put him in his crate for those five minutes?
He’s actually pretty fine when I leave him at home and run errands outside of the house – he’s in his crate with a toy and I turn the radio on. It’s just when I’m at home and in another room. I guess I should bring him with me? Or do I put him in his crate for that short period of time too?
Sorry for so many questions. Thanks for the help.
Post # 5
poor little guy! I’ve never heard of a dog doing that before! If he’s comfortable in his crate its worth a try, especially if he’s good at just getting in his crate so it’s not a hassle. If he can do that well I would praise him as soon as you returned from the other room and gradually increase the time period. If you go to the other room and hear him carrying on make a big deal out of it and yell and carry on. We had to train our dog to not jump on the door when we left like that. We would seriously just walk right outside of the apartment door and when she jumped bust open the door and scream at her. Our neighbors thought we were crazy for a couple of days but it definitely lessened the behavior.
Post # 6
I think you should try crate training and the crate will become a safe place for him when you are not there. Also, do not make a big deal when you come and go from the house.