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Glad I don't own a camera to do that

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So, I put the web cam on while I went out for a bit. There has been some discussion on here about same and I was curious as to what Chica got up to when she's alone. I was gone for 1 hour and 51 minutes. Guess what? Chica barked, howled or cried THE ENTIRE TIME.
She had the run of two rooms. She trotted from place to place for a while. Got up on the couch for a short time but continued to cry. After a bit, she picked a spot on the floor by the door to lie down, but still cried. I'm shocked. I had NO IDEA. She doesn't bark or cry when I leave and is always calm when I get home. (Unless I make a fuss ... which I generally don't.) Without the camera I wouldn't have known about her SA but now that I do, I have to do something to help her.
Guess the crate will have to come out of the basement. She's not alone too often but even so, I would like her to be less stressed when she is. OMG, the noises that came out of her. Something gawd awful. She's 11 months old and we've never used her crate. So, we start from square one ... unless someone has a better idea?
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awww....I feel bad for you both!

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OMG what a hard thing to find out. I'm sure mine have separation anxiety to a point because they are so excited to see me when I get home.Do you have any other animals?

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It is unbelievable the noises that come out of them.
Hope you can calm her somehow.
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Oh Karen i'm so sorry...that's what prompted me to bring up the webcam as i'm not sure how Max reacts when we are gone...

Looking on the positive side now that you do know you can try and make her more comfortable - am sure Dave has some great ideas....

Keep us posted !


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yeah this can be upsetting to see, but it is good to know so that you can work on it. Here's a post of mine from before. ..."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. It is sad when we leave, Molly's face tell's the whole story. She just sits at the top of the steps well before we actually leave. She knows. Dogs are watching us all the time. It's hard not to suck them up."

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sure, . Yeah Karen this topic is still mislabelled by both lay persons and professional behaviorists. I doubt Chica has true SA. Here is an article that you may want to do a quick read on; it's on the "heavy" side but is by a very well recognized expert. http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/fi...-be-home-alone

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How awful for you. I would be beside myself. I used to watch my guys until I realized there wasn't much to see. I think I see another Hav in your future!! Good luck. I do hope you find a solution. I know its heartbreaking





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