When I leave the house, I've been keeping Lola confined in the kitchen with a baby gate. Last night I came home to the surprise of Lola waiting at the front door.....the little devil had knocked down the baby gate!
Just to give you a little history.... Lola [almost 7 months old] has minor SA and has been doing much better with being left alone in her "area" for up to 4 hours at a time. I work from home so she isn't alone often, usually its only for an hour or two. I got a tape recorder so I could track her progress and she seems to be barking/whining less and doesn't go potty in her area. I followed the typical SA advice and practiced coming & going and leaving for short periods of time then working up to longer periods of time. It's been a long journey!
I'm scared to put the gate back up because she could get hurt if she knocks it down again. Its already on the tightest peg.....I think part of the problem is that it is up against my stainless fridge and kitchen cabinet instead of a doorway, so the stainless is a little slippery. She knocked it down once when she was only 4 lbs, but I tightened it after that and haven't had any issues since. This is the only place with hard surface floors that I can gate off.
This morning I tried leaving her with free run of the upstairs [my place is small and has wood floors] and she was barking her head off when I came home. I was only gone 20 minutes.
So my question is.... if I'm going to give her free run of the upstairs when I leave, do I have to start all over from square one with the SA issues? Leaving for 5 min, then 10, etc.. Obviously she's not used to being alone other than in her confined area, so she is freaking out.
I'm frustrated that I have to start all over
Anyone have any advice?