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puppy crying-separation anxiety?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by sstamey, May 4, 2011.


  1. sstamey

    sstamey PetForums Newbie

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    I have a 12 week old english bulldog pup who goes crazy howling, barking and crying when we leave him alone. We have to go to work, but when we are home in the morning and evening and weekend he is always with us. We have only left him for 2 days so far, and our neighbors said the second day was a bit better than the first. Will he get better? Is there something we can do? It's not possible for me to get home during the day.
     
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    Argent PetForums VIP

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    Can you not get someone to pupsit him? Or at least come and visit him around lunchtime to feed him/let him out? 12 weeks is pretty young to be left on his own all day without toilet breaks and a meal.
     
  3. RobD-BCactive

    RobD-BCactive PetForums VIP

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    You can't leave a young pup alone for more than a couple hours, being alone for an 8 hour day is just asking for behavioural problems.

    For shorter spells separation « pawsitive dogs but don't expect too much of a puppy. Dogs are social animals, and puppies just are not loners.
     
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    sstamey PetForums Newbie

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    I think we are realizing this now. Although the first question we asked the breeder was "we work, will this be okay?". He has a "potty space" which he uses about 90% of the time (amazing I think, after 3 days) and the breeder also said we could feed twice a day.
    Thank you all for your responses, We are going to look into some other options today.
     
  6. Lady.turbo.wrx

    Lady.turbo.wrx PetForums Member

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    i Think at 12 weeks its to early to leave him all day,as he still needs lots of attention (he's still a baby) and will get bored so may start to chew be distructive etc...and in my opinion should be fed more at 12 weeks than twice a day..
    I am still feeding my almost 12 week old pup 4 times a day,hoping to drop to 3 times from monday...but will see how he takes to that :)
    i can now leave him for about 2 hours,with his chew toys and my nieghbours have said they dont hear him... where possible he comes with me :D though i know this is not an option for you..

    It might help for his Anxiety to leave a radio on..
     
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    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    It is a very big ask for a pup or even an older dog. You may find things like toilet training is going to take a long time, he also needs socialisation and stimulation and training as lack of it, can cause you big behavioural problems down the line.

    There are things you can do to help, Like leaving a radio on low on a talking station, Putting a large soft toy in his bed and a jumper or t-shirt you have worn in his bed too so he has the familiar smell as a comforter. DAP dog appeasing pheromone diffusers can help, its an artificial version of the pheromone mum emits to calm and sooth the pups. Vet-Medic - the same medicines as your vet at consistently low prices. if you want to check those out. (The toy and jumper suggestion subjet to him not being the sort of pup to rip up and ingest fabric of course)
    Leaving him with a Kong can help they are solid hard rubber so safe but hollow so you can pack them tight with food and even freeze them to make them last longer, there is also treat balls, you fill with kibble and set, to distribute pieces here and there to give him something to do as he plays with it and keep his interest.

    Having said all this it will help, but its still way to much to ask of him really.
    Could you consider, a dog sitter, to pop in and toilet him and spend some time in play and or take him for a short walk later if he cant go out yet. That at least would break up his day, and he will probably be happy to rest and amuse himself in between. if they could do it at least a couple of times that would be even better.
     
  8. Dogless

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    I interpret this post as you only having had the puppy for 3 days; two of which he has been left alone for for the entire day, so no wonder he is noisy and unsettled, he has had an enormous upheaval in his life.

    I would definitely reinforce the looking into a 'pup sitter' - friend / relative / paid sitter etc to come in as much as they can spare or you can afford and to go with everyone else's excellent suggestions for boredom busters etc.

    I must say that it doesn't sound as though the breeder gave much guidance!
     
  9. edidasa

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    I've seen dogs 'cry it out' for a couple days. Depends if he's crying cuz he needs your attention or he's hungry or bored, or a million other things.

    Not many dogs cry more than 5 days. As long as you don't encourage it, by opening the door when he's crying or comforting him.

    You work, so I'm sure you would do more if you could, dog walker might help - but dogs are very adaptable, given time.

    If he's crying as soon as you leave then, yes, prob separation - but minimize it by putting him in the crate with a toy/treat etc. or only for a few minutes etc.

    Does the dog sleep in the same room as you? or separate?
     
  10. CarolineH

    CarolineH PetForums VIP

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    He is crying because he is a baby and he is above all, lonely. :( Dogs are social creatures and all too many of them (check out the reason a lot of dogs end up in shelters) are expected to cope with being alone all day for 4 or 5 days a week. They need human company to help them learn how to become house trained, to learn what behaviours are and are not allowed but above all they need company for security and happiness.

    No advice I am afraid apart from the poor pup needs someone with it more often.

    To me, seperation anxiety is when a dog cannot cope without its owner for a short while - not for 5 - 10 hours a day (estimate) 4 - 5 days a week. (another estimate)

    Just my opinion of course.:cool:
     
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