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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-13-2007, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Worried Hubby!!

My husband is VERY concerned with me being away for 2 days when i go pick up my new puppy. He will be home for the 1st time(for this long) ALONE with the pups. He is the playmate but i am their Mommy! He works all the time & isnt home but for a couple hours in the evening so doesnt get a chance to do anything but play with them. He tries to take them to go potty in the morning before we leave for work but they just wander looking to see where i am. We are in training classes so hopefully this helps. They just arent attached to him like they are to me(i am the total caretaker-that wont change).

They could be sitting on the couch with him but as soon as i leave the room, down they go to follow me! He also tries to take Tripp either for a walk to his grandma's house or just outside & if we are not with him he runs back to the house. I feel so bad for my hubby.......
I really want our new puppy to bond with him. We are taking several days off after we get her/him. Any suggestions?

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I think it will be a great opportunity for your husband and the pups to bond while you are gone!! The first time I went away I left a very detailed list of times & things that they normally do at normal times. He did fine & although they were very happy to see me, they seemed to be more attached to him than before & it was nice!!
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Don't worry~ I bet they will sulk the first day (my Daisy does this when I have to leave and hubby is here), and they probably won't eat...... but I agree it will be great bonding time!!!


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Thats good to know. He's afraid they wont eat or go potty for him.

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I worry everytime we leave Brady. We are very fortunate that our breeder will watch him when we are out of town. We enjoy traveling quite a bit, so he goes and visits with her quite a bit. He is always overwhelmed when he gets there and sometimes he won't eat (and that always worries me since he never misses a meal at home). They will be fine. When we leave him at his breeders house, he trys to run out the door with us and she always holds him and waves his paw at us through the glass in the screen door. She swears that 1 hour after we leave, he is playing and hanging out with the rest of the gang. Brady is very attached to my husband. He is actually home with him more than I am. But, he is the playmate and I get to the the mommy things that Brady doesn't like (not fair). Scott has gone away for a few days and he is just fine. He looks for him for a few minutes and then moves on. I am sure they will do great for your husband and he will probably enjoy having them to himself to spoil for a few days!


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Shannon,

Gucci is the same way! Last night, we went out to dinner and came home and my husband got a bit jealous that so much of her greeting excitement was directed towards ME, he kept calling her and she would run to him and get 2 ft away and then turn BACK to me. She's the SAME way as your babies, unless my husband happens to be eating something really good! lol

I have an idea though...Is there anyway you can both take them out to potty (when your husband is home) and have HIM give the treats out. Also, have him give extra special treats (you know, the things they LOVE the best).

I agree with the others, it will be a great time to bond.

I was away from Gucci for the longest time ever last weekend (7 hours!) and I was worried about the same thing...but DH said she whined for a few hours and then settled down, took a nap w/ him, they went for a walk, etc.

Maybe he should let them do something special while you are gone? Like sleep on your pillows?

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Dreamer does ok when i leave but Tripp looks all over the place thinking im hiding or something. Then he will sit by the door waiting for me. But i have only been gone a few hours at a time.

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Gucci is the same way! Last night, we went out to dinner and came home and my husband got a bit jealous that so much of her greeting excitement was directed towards ME, he kept calling her and she would run to him and get 2 ft away and then turn BACK to me. Kara

When we come home at the same time, my hubby will let them out of the ex-pen & they run right by him to find me. I feel soooo bad! They dont even say HI to him! He wants so much for them to bond with him.

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When we come home at the same time, my hubby will let them out of the ex-pen & they run right by him to find me. I feel soooo bad! They dont even say HI to him! He wants so much for them to bond with him.
YEP...same thing goes on here.

But like I tell my husband, of course she is bonded to me, I'm with her 24/7 (almost), feed her, bathe her, wipe her butt, treat her, walk her, etc.

And I do feel bad, because I know he would like a lil' more love too! He just has to work alot more, so we can ALL have a good life. Too bad I can't explain that to her like a child

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Shannon, they are not going to starve, and will potty when you are not there, but I know exactly what you are talking about. I think we are all in the same position. Smarty is like a second skin to me, I have to leave for a week the end of the month and my DH is more worried than I am. I always take her but I cannot this time, it would be totally unfair to her. I am moving my Daughter from Fresno to Houston, well not moving her just driving with her, 3 cats and a dog that gets car sick for the 1,700 miles. No way can I do that to Smarty so the DH will have to do what has to be done. HE will and your DH will too.

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