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It seems like there is always some one in the family playing with or hugging on Nina. If we go some where she nearly always comes along from the kids soccer to grocery shopping. Generally I am home and make sure Nina is not alone by either keeping her with me or checking that some one else in the family has her. She does sleep in a crate in the main area between the kitchen and family room from about 12 midnight till 6:30 AM. I sometimes wonder if it is maybe too much attention even for a social breed of dog. How would I know if she has had enough people time or should I not worry about it?
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I am certainly no expert, but I find with Tessa, if she has had enough of us, she either goes into her crate or under a chair that we have in the family room. Cooper will usually go and sleep in one the dog beds we keep in our bedroom. I am sure if your little girl has had enough attention, she will do the same. Although, I am not sure they ever think they get enough attention.


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Yes , you definitely can give too much attention. It's a common mistake for new puppies. You should introduce times of absence slowly. This is how separation distress comes on. They are given round the clock attention and then when you have to leave for a few hours, they have trouble coping. They can also become very demanding and attention seeking. Check out some of the separation anxiety posts.

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Thank you for allerting me to that. I will read up and make adjustments to her schedule.
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Yes , you definitely can give too much attention. It's a common mistake for new puppies. You should introduce times of absence slowly. This is how separation distress comes on. They are given round the clock attention and then when you have to leave for a few hours, they have trouble coping. They can also become very demanding and attention seeking. Check out some of the separation anxiety posts.
yes, this is exactly what I was thinking as I read your post...
Have you left her at all??
We got Tillie as a small pup and after the first several days I would leave. to get the mail. lol Literally, I would give her a yummy filled kong and put her in the x-pen and go down the street to get the mail! lol after a week or so of that we graduated to the crate and she would still get the kong and I would crate her to go pick my kids up from school. I did that for a few weeks, then I would go grocery shopping or some other errand and eventually built up the time she was left. She has never had seperation anxiety, thankfully!! Another key for us was that when I did get back, I gave her ZERO attention and would bring in the groceries, open the mail, completely ignore her for awhile. She was never vocal or anxious during this thankfully. Then I would go over to her, ask her to sit, then quietly open the door. and walk down the hall. I never made a big deal out of me getting home. Does that make sense?? Now adays, sometimes when we get home, in the craziness of life with grade schoolers, thier activities, homework, snack, sometimes we actually forget to let her out of the crate for awhile (her crate is in our bedroom).... but she NEVER makes a peep. and patiently waits, because she KNOWS in her heart of hearts that we would never truly leave her and that we ALWAYS come back.
Hope my words help!

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btw, I work now and Tillie still gets a kong. everyday. when I go to work. I actually I put 1/2 her breakfast in it and top it with peanut butter.

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Ted also is used to being alone. I work from home and at 8:30 he goes in his pen with his toys and water til 10:30-11:00. This is 5 days a week. When he was younger and slept more he also went in from 1:30 til about 3:00 while I did my afternoon work. Now during the afternoon work he usually comes in the office and lays under my desk. Ted doesn't mind at all. I can hear him shuffling around the pen every once in a while but he sleeps most of the time. When I'm done in the office he always gets to go out first before I do anything around the house.(He follows me everywhere for that!) Whenever we go out Ted is put in his pen and I have stayed and listened from outside both before and after we go out and he is quiet!

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