Gives you a warm fuzzy feeling!They're fab! I'm going to watch him all the time now.. at 1st I was concerned about what I was going to see and thought i'd be devastated if he was crying or barking in distress, but in the end I was smiling at him being a good boy and laughing wondering what he was clattering about with in the background. He's a cutie
We had similar problems with our neighbours, we moved into this terraced house 6 years ago from an isolated farm house. We had no idea that Rory had such bad separation anxiety. After all you don't hear it when you are out, and he could hear us coming home over the cattle grids so he was never barking when we got back. It took 18 months for the neighbours to say anything and by then it had developed into a real issue for one of them (non dog owner) the others were more concerned for him, but as dog owners, we thought they would have said some thing sooner!! It had been going on so long nothing we tried helped so we just adapted our lives and took him with us everywhere, I worked from home so it wasn't that hard but could be really awkward at times, if we had to be out without him we dropped him at mums, she was detached so no neighbours to mind, not that it helped him, and it was a 1 1/2 hr round trip for us. All to keep the neighbour from moaning. He only went and moved out a few weeks after Rory was PTS (I was going to say not that that had anything to do with our decision but actually, Rory was becoming less mobile so couldn't cope with coming with us everywhere and as we knew we couldn't leave him at home at all it did play a part ) If only they had said something sooner we may have been able to sort it out.Today my OH came home and said that he's spoken to our old neighbours and they were asking about Rufus and how he was settling in the new house. My OH said he was fine, and asked why, and they said "Because he used to hate being left alone and barked constantly when you were out" I couldn't beleive that they'd never said anything before. It also concerned me as our new neighbour had also complained about Rufus barking when we were out we very 1st moved in. He's not said anything since so put it down to new house nerves. Sooo.. after what my old neighbour said today, and knowing that my new neighbour has also mentioned it, I got very concerned that he may have had separation anxiety all this time, and I had no idea. I was absolutely gutted, that i've let my boy down. Not only leaving the problem unnoticed and untreated, but to also let him get like that in the first place. He's with me all day, and I give him so much love and the best of everything.. I thought I made it so he didn't want us to leave and was upset.
SO... I asked my OH to set up an IP camera so we can watch him when we're out. Just set it up, and nipped out for 20 mins ish and watched him. It was really funny watching him, but i'm pleased to say there were no issues at all. He was quiet, and I saw him messing with his ball and heard clattering around in the background which sounded like normal Rufus noises. I was concerned that maybe the sound wasn't working, so when we got home my OH dinged the doorbell to make him bark while I stood up the road listening, and I definitely heard that, so no issues. I'm proud of him.
Going to try it again tomorrow for longer, but it's put my mind at rest that he's ok. I'm so releived.. I was so upset when my OH told me what my old neighbours had said. However, thinking about it, I wonder if they were hearing our other neighbours dog, who did bark constantly when their owner was out.. maybe that's it