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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-27-2015, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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So i just got back from a trip. I had left my 2 year old Havanese under the care of my aunt who happens not to know too much about the breed. I however had left all necessary instructions including feeding and even emergency contacts of a vet. I just got home and Sammy who is used to coming up to hug me acted as if he did not notice my presence. I am confused, wondering if he's been okay.
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Do you think he might be giving you the cold shoulder? Maybe you are being punished for going away.

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How long were you gone? Was if for more than two weeks? Like Ollie's Mom said he may be punishing you.


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Dogs don't think like that... They don't "punish" people. OTOH, they can feel very disoriented and "lost" when their regular caretakers go away. They don't understand what is happening... They only know that the stability in their lives has disappeared. It's not surprising that they sometimes have trouble, for a while, when their owner returns.
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Teddy used to come running to me when I come home in the evening but stopped doing this when I found a way to manage his anxiety.
If he has/had some anxiety, he may have learnt how to deal with it since you've been away for longer than normal.

Maybe you are more stressed about this and Sammy senses it and thinks its best to give you space?

I also don't think he is punishing you. He's probably more confused about you leaving for a longer than normal time and doesn't know how to respond. Give him time, He'll get back to normal.
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I recently kept one of my grown ( 2yr old) puppies for her owners. They were gone 3 weeks and Piper was in great distress for about a week. Then she began to assimilate into our home/routine/pack and was quite happy. We expected her to be very enthusiastic when her family came back to retrieve her and she was only mildly receptive to them. In fact, she would greet them for a moment and then run back to me or my husband for refuge.

I can personally vouch that she was treated very well at my house and nothing traumatic happened to her. I'm of the opinion like others that her lack of enthusiasm was due to a state of confusion and disorientation. She warmed up rather quickly and was back to her old self in a couple hours.

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