Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
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We have a Havanese male who is 10 months old, his name is Buster. He is a purebred and has not been neutered. I believe he has separation anxiety. My wife and I both work and her schedule changed back in January. I leave the house at 7am and return home around 6pm. She leaves the house around 9 or 10am and returns at 9:30 to 9:45pm. She is required to work OT very often. We also have two boys 6 and 9 years old and we bought Buster for them, my oldest has asthma and that is why we chose the Havanese breed.
Since my wife's schedule changed and even a little before that, Buster seems depressed when she is not at home. He does well at night and doesn't pee or poop in the crate. He doesn't bark or whine when I put him down for the night, but he does when she crates him. When I return home from work, his water and treats have not been touched and his face around his mouth is soaking wet. Is this from anxiety? I wait until he has calmed down and then get him out and walk him for 10 to 15 minutes outside. He is very anxious to get back inside and then just lies around. My boys try to play with him and sometimes he will, but mostly not. He will not eat or drink and lies there pointed at the door to the garage waiting on my wife to get home.
Once she arrives home, he barks and goes nuts, jumping and licking her to death, and then follows her around non stop. Then he starts to eat and drinks water like there's no tomorrow. She gets a little aggravated when he follows her, because he is right there every step.
I do not let him on the furniture or the bed unless someone is there with him and he does not chew destructively when I am home. Sometimes when I get home, I can tell he has been destructive while she was getting ready for work in the morning, there is chewed up toilet paper on our bed or the bedspread has been chewed on, or my boys tell me Buster pooped in the dining room and peed on the sofa. Does he do that because she is getting ready and not paying attention to him or he knows she is leaving soon? Usually when she wants some space and won't let him in the room she is in, he will whine and sniff like crazy at the door, I call him to come and sit with me or play, but I get ignored.
Buster is a good and loving dog and awesome when he wants to play, but I can't help feeling sorry for him being left alone all day. What can or should we do? I know Havanese are companion dogs and I do not want this to affect him the rest of his life or for him to suffer like this.
Last edited by toyota1; 09-11-2012 at 08:15 AM.
Reason: not crated during the day anymore and is on a trial re-homing