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  • in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92719
    MeggieP
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    I don’t think we would get another one too soon – She’s brilliant at puppy school but I keep having to shout at my boyfriend cos he used different words he’ll say come here meg and I’ll say Meg come here and he gets frustrated with me because she comes to me and not to him!!

    in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92717
    MeggieP
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    We are seriously considering getting another one – she is brilliant when her little friend comes to play or we’re are around but as soon as she is on her own it’s a nightmare. The problem is my boyfriend works outside and she will be going with him so she won’t be on her own a lot but there will be times that we will need to go out without her!

    I think she will get better as yesterday she didn’t scratch the door or chew the chairs or soil the house!

    Meg will only go in her crate at night time – she’s so funny cos as soon as she goies out for her night time walk she takes herself upsatires and climbs in on her own! but if we attempt to lure her in during the day she’s wont do it which is why we have made kitchen her new den!!

    in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92715
    MeggieP
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    Lisa – it was just so funny – obviously not when she was wimpering cos we have had real problems with leaving her but it gave me piece of mind to know that she was not distressed the whole time when she was barking she was still going for her chew and wagging her tail!

    Still having problemns though because this morning I left her in the kitchen with the babygate so I could open blinds in lounge and because she couldn’t get to me she kept barking!

    in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92713
    MeggieP
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    Hiya,

    So she’s still barking when we leave the room but last night we videoed it all! We went to do food shop and she was happy playing in the kitchen – I brought out her favorite chew and watched her play happily with it for a couple of mins – pressed record and left the room!

    Came back twenty mins later and all was quiet! she wasn’t panting when we came back in and didn’t jump up either!

    We watched the video back and for the first 10 mins she barked on and off but not constantly – she wimpered a little bit but inb etween was playing with her chew – after 10 mins all went quiet and in I walked with food shopping! Quite re-assuring to see that she does calm down even though she barks at first!

    in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92709
    MeggieP
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    We leave radio 4 on so there are constantly people talking and unplug the phone even though it’s not my voice.

    We pup her favorite biscuit treats in the kong – and the kong paste stuff that was reccomended by puppy school trainer.

    The vet reccomended ostrich chews – Very random I thought but these seem to keep her occupied.

    The thing is that whilst we were in the kitchen she was really occupied with the kong and chews as soon as the door goes the howling starts!! I’m sure she will get used to it!

    It;s puppy training tonight!!! re-call is going well just hard to get her to pay attention whilst so many other dogs are around! 

    in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92706
    MeggieP
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    Update on last night!!

    Ok so I went home and boyf and Meg were in the garden – we took her for a walk gave her tea, fresh water – all toys – bed and kongs were in the kitchen. We started all the cues and left the room shut the door and sat on the front door step for two minutes – we walked back in like we had forgotten something and then after a minute picked up the keys shut the door again and went out for another two.

    She howled the whole time!!! sticking with it though!!!

    in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92704
    MeggieP
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    Ok – I’m with you!

    So as she loves the crate at night and goes into it and settles even if Door is open I will leave the crate at that and no more! is that ok? At night time it is the only time she actually leaves our sides and takes herself upstairs on her own and settles down.

    Kitchen is now going to become save haven for when she is to be left on her own – with bed toys etc!! I will start slowly but surely tonight and let you know how it goes!!

    THANKS A MILLION!!

    in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92702
    MeggieP
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    Yes – when she is in there the door is locked – if its not night time then we sometimes open the door so she can come out and find us.

    Apart form at night she very rarely uses it unless we go out – total of three times since we have had her!!

    in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92700
    MeggieP
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    well… when we get ready to go we dont speak to her because I read that would ad to anxiety so we ignore her for 5 mins before but make sure she has everything she needs. when we come home we wait for her to settle down and take her out to the garden and play with her as normal. I always look at her when we go to check she’s ok in her crate and obviously have to look at her when we come back in to let her out and take her outside.

    I want to get to the stage where we don’t need the crate anymore so we can leave her in the kitchen.

    Reading some blogs I feel we have made some big mistakes. I enroled her at puppy school and we first got her she disn’t sleep at night and cried all the time. Our trainer told us to take the crate into our room and move her out slowly but with this and the not being able to leave the house I think we’re in a bit of a pickle!! Having the crate upstaires has meant that her house training is brilliant as if she wimpers we take her out dont speak to her and then put her back for remainder of the night.

    in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92698
    MeggieP
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    Can I clarify – Tonight when I go home – should me and my partner leave for two minutes and then come in and prentend that nothing is going on and then leave for 4 come back – then for 6 come back. Even if she is barking should we ignore her as obviously she stops barking as soon as we come in the room.

    I don’t want ot confuse the situation and for her to think that we come back because she is crying!!

    in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92696
    MeggieP
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    [quote author=kizkiznobite link=topic=5690.msg137511#msg137511 date=1176280377]
    mmm – silly breeder letting the other female near in that situation…

    ok – well food is my funny – and that food is crap – it will make her hyper – loads on here re feeding – see feeding bev’s on a rant thread  🙂

    have you conditioned the crate?

    i suggest you do the seperation anxiety exercise but to really help i need to know what you have done said what you do say when this happens  🙂
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    I will read the thread on food because she does get very boysterous!!

    The crate was conditioned when she is in and being good she gets a treat – at about 11pm I say in your bed and she goes straight in. If she goes in and doesn’t want to be in there she will bark but I don’t let her out untill she settles down as I don’t want to reward attention seeking behaviour. 

    when we go out we try and ignore her for about 5 mins before we plan to leave – we then give her, her favorite chew and guide her into the crate with a selection of toys and soft bedding. we then leave the room. when we return we let her out and take her straight outside to do her buisiness. after 5 mins when she settles down we make a fuss and give her a treat.

    Where am I going wrong?

    in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92693
    MeggieP
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    We picked her up at 8 weeks which was when the breeder advised she is nearly 13 now. There were 6 pups in her litter 3 boys/ 3 girls. There was a problem with another bitch there that had also had a litter of 9 she took it upon herself to start feeding Meg’s litter even though they had been weened.

    The most we have left her was for two hours in her crate which she seems to love and doesn’t associate with being left alone. since that time we haven’t left her really. My Partner works outside and the idea is for her to be outside with him when she is a bit bigger!! At the moment when we are at work she goes to his parents house.

    She is on complete dry food – we tried her on pedigree then bakers which upset her tummy so she is now on Pets at home dry food which she seems to enjoy and hasn’t had any upset with.

    She is such a loving dog and her training is going really well – I just want to crack this so she’s happy with and without us. We have both had dogs all our lives but never experienced this!

    Thank you in advance!!

    in reply to: how to deal with seperation anxiety #92691
    MeggieP
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    Hi,

    I had to register because I need some serious advice on how to stop my new puppy howling eveytime we leave the room.

    Meg is a 12 week old Chocolate Lab and brilliant in everyway apart form the fact that we’ve had her a month and are unable to leave a room without her howling our house down. We’ve made sure she’s tired before attempting to leave the room, given her a kong and an item of my clothing but everything seems to fail!! She is never on her own during the day – but occasionaly we want to go out for an hour or two but find it impossible! We’ve had her for 5 weeks!!

    I read your post and I need to check that when we leave for two and then for four – do we re-enter the house even if she is barking?

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