Mom to Rosie
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: New Paltz, NY
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help new behavior!
For the last 3 days Henry has been acting slightly different than his normal self. It's just a shade different, but I notice it and I'm concerned. The biggest change is that he is barking more often and more hysterically at people coming to the house, and is triggered to start barking at the slightest noise. Usually, he will stop pretty fast when I say "it's ok - no one's there", but now he keeps going even after I talk to him. He is also a little slower on his recalls than usual.
We went away for one night this past weekend and left him with a sitter he knew, but not one of his usual people. She stayed at our house with him for 2 days. We were a bit late coming back - she left at 4 and we didn't get home til 10 so he was alone in a dark house for that time.
Now, as I said, he is anxious and less willing to listen to me. Is this some form of separation anxiety? Did he somehow lose trust or confidence in me and my ability to protect him? What can I do to get him back to his normal trusting and less anxious self?
I would love some advise about this. What you think it might be and what to do about it!! Thanks!