Join Date: Jun 2013
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worried that separation anxiety has developed
Following handy advice in another thread, I downloaded the iCam app last night and am listening to Sheldon whine today on my iPhone while I'm at work. I'm a nervous wreck!
He howled (an ear-piercing cry, not just whining) non-stop for 70 minutes after I left. Since then, he takes short breaks, then goes at it again. There hasn't been more than 10 minutes of relative quiet since I left for work.
This is despite a pen full of treats, toys, and chews. Radio on in the background, fan providing white noise, a towel with my scent in his crate.
I live in a condo with a neighbor who doesn't like dogs, so I'm worried about the ramifications of Sheldon's behavior.
I've been working with him, leaving him in the pen for periods when I'm home, ignoring him when he whines and occasionally paying attention when he's quiet. I had a dog trainer come over, and we went through lots of fun things we could leave for him in the pen, but he is not very food motivated. He shows a little interest in the supposedly high value stinky treats when I'm there, but none at all when I'm not in the same room.
At 16 weeks he'll be eligible for doggie day care, so that might help a little. Any other suggestions for dealing with what seems to be separation anxiety?