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I firmly believe that the vast majority of ďseparation anxietyĒ is owner made. Yes, Havanese were bred to be companion animals, and you shouldnít get one if you donít plan to spend a lot of time with them. Also it does them a great disservice if you donít teach them to self-sooth and fewl comfortable staying by themselves for appropriate periods of times.
I have three Havanese from two different breeders. Two are related, one is not. NONE of them have ANY problem with separation anxiety, even though all of them are very attached to us and loving. BUT we were very careful with all three to make sure that being left alone was a normal part of their lives from the very first days they lived with us... at first for just trips to the mailbox, then to the pharmacy, then slightly longer periods...
They always were left in a safe secure place, in an ex-pen when they were little, with a litter box, water and a chew toy. When we got the younger ones, we ALSO made sure that those puppies learned to stay home alone as well as with the other dogs. Thatís important too!
One REALLY important part of this training is that you make sure that both your departure and return are pleasant and matter-of-fact. Donít try to sneak away, but at the same time, donít make a big deal about leaving. A quick, cheery, Iíll be back soon! Is all you need on the way out. When you return, do NOT make a big fuss about greeting the puppy. ESPECIALLY if THEY are making a fuss. Put away your coat, put down your packages. If the puppy is calm, QUIETLY tell him he is a good boy, give him a gentle greeting and take him out to go potty. If the puppy is screaming and carrying on, TOTALLY ignore him. Go about your business as if he didnít exist. No matter how hard it is until he has calmed down. If he ramps up as you approach the oen, walk away again. As many times as it takes. Tantrums do NOT get your attention.
Someone mentioned using taking a shower as a first ďseparationĒ. While the puppy certainly needs to learn to allow you some ďprivate timeĒ in the house (or not... sometimes all three of mine follow me into the bathroom when I shower! LOL!) they ABSOLUTELY know the difference between you being in a different room and being out of the house. So this may or may not help you with separation issues. When Kodi was a puppy, he was actually brattier about me leaving him in his pen if he knew I was in the house. He was FINE if I left the house! LOL!
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