Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Colorado born and raised living in Dayton, NV
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Those that use crates - does your dog do this?
When we leave, whether it be for an hour or 4 (we try not to be gone more than 4, it has happened a few times) anyway, Mikey is super nuts-o when we come home. He just can't calm down. We have never made a big deal out of leaving or coming home. In fact, I come in, say "hi Mikey" and put my purse away and put the bags down, then let him out. He has ALWAYS acted like were gone for days and can't calm down for 10-15 minutes. Jump, jump, jump, lick, lick, lick. I'm glad he's happy to see us but that's a little much.
Also, we leave him with toys and treats and I'll even put my shirt or pajamas in with him if I know it's going to be 2 hours or more. Well put either the TV on or leave the radio on. He doesn't touch the toys or treats at all while we're gone. sometimes he'll mess up the place but doesn't touch the treats. I wish he would, it would releave some of his tension. As soon we're home and he's calmed down, he goes straight into his crate, grabs the treat and starts going to town on it.
Does your dogs not eat their treats when you're away? I think Mikey is so anxious and nervous he can't stand it. It's sad. It makes me feel guilty everytime I have to leave. But I do have to leave once and awhile.
Maybe he hasn't been left alone enough. It's not every day. He's hard to take with me though because he goes balistic when I run in somewhere and leave him in the car.
Sorry, this is long --- One more thing. He only does the crazy acting when we return, not when we leave. He sits in his crate just fine. Looks sad but doesn't wine or anything. It all happens when we return.
We've tried NOT putting him in his crate and it is worse. He broke our screen the first time we didn't put him in his crate. He's 7 months old.