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Question Puppy is throwing up when I leave :(

Hello everyone! First off I posted this in the Puppy Area also but no response so I thought maybe I would try here also. So sorry for the duplicate!!

Tucker is doing amazing! I am working on a new album of pictures for everyone. He is just such a ball of joy and only 10 weeks old. But we have only encountered one problem/issue...

When I left to go to the grocery store for the first time for a hour, I come back and saw that Tucker has thrown up in 2 different places. It is only the food that he just ate. So the I then left him alone for a second time, again only for a hour, and he threw up yet again in 2 different places. Both of these times were shortly after I just fed him so maybe the excitement and his crying made him throw up?? Maybe if I tried feeding him a few hours before I leave would help? So I was wondering is this normal for the first few times you leave a pup alone? Does it get better with time? Also is there any advice, opinions, or tricks to leaving him alone. I put up a baby gate to leave him in the kitchen and I put all of his toys and bed in there also to make him feel better.

Any help would be great!!

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then... poor little guy...

I think it is separation anxiety but I will defer to the experts. He still is just a baby. Probably he is crying and howling so loud that he makes himself throw up.

Do you crate him? It gives them a safe den. A kitchen could be a mighty big and scary place to a little puppy.

I am sure that Dave will have some great articles about SA. It is a big issue for our velcro doggies.

Good luck.


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crate him.
don't feed him before you leave.
what is your departure way, do you make a big deal about leaving?
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Hi Taylor, or is it Scott. LOL . With separation anxiety , puppies are more susceptable when there is a drastic change in attention. Initially many people make the mistake of constantly fussing with and paying attention to the new arrival. And this can go on for weeks. Then suddenly they are forced to be separated in an abrupt manner. It is essential to leave them alone for brief and frequent times at this early age. Leave them after a good workout ,walk and tire them out. Leave them with a yummy kong. But slowly add the time duration.
S.A. is workable . The treatment depends on how severe it is. True S. A. is generally deemed to be when they have panic attacks , elimination , chewing on furniture etc, and constant vocalization. If the dog has these sort of episodes, it might be best to get a professional in. This is when a formal program of desensitizaion is done. At this point most dogs become stressed well before you leave. They have learned all the signs that indicate that you are about to leave. They know you are leaving before you know you're leaving, LOL. The dog will start to display certain anxious signs ,eg, panting, pacing, drooling or whining. And here is where a professional will slowly desensitize the dog to these triggers. He will repeat these trigger events by making the dog comfortable by not taking the next step in the departure routine. Gradually the dog is taken one step further in departure process . Eventually real departures are incorporated. It's a slow process but it is quite often succesful.
Some dogs are just more anxious than others. Separation anxiety is quite often brought on by our constant attention to them. We have bred dogs to be social and this has come along with the ride. I would say the throwing up could be a sign that there's some real stress there. Do you have access to a video monitor or can you see what's going on from a window? Here's an article you might like. http://pawsitivedawgs.wordpress.com/...alonetraining/

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