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Traumatized puppy - what to do?
This is long, but want to give you details so maybe someone can give me advise.
Abby's now 14 wks old. She & Kallie get along beautifully. Yesterday afternoon, Kallie had a grooming appt. I went home for lunch, as normal. Took them both out to potty, fed Abby her lunch. Played for a little while - all normal everyday routine. Then Abby had to go back into her ex-pen (as usual), but instead of Kallie going into the same bedroom (she's loose, usually laying on the bed), I closed the door (as usual) and took Kallie with me. Abby started crying immediately. Knowing she was safe in the ex-pen, with peepad & water & toys, I left. When I got home @ 5:00 PM from picking Kallie up (she was absolutely gorgeous!), DH was there holding Abby in his arms. He said he'd been home for about 20 minutes. When he walked in, Abby was howling. When he opened the bedroom door, she had escaped from the ex-pen (no idea how), and was throwing herself against the window. He called her, went over & picked her up. He said she was so panicked she didn't even realize he had her. He said she was absolutely flailing around like she'd lost her mind. He took her out to potty, set her down & she panicked again & wanted picked up. After 20 minutes, when I got home, she was finally settled. But she wouldn't let Kallie out of her sight all evening. Stayed right by her side.
There will be times that they will be separated down the road. What's the best way to get her threw/over this? I need to start working on this immediately, but don't want to do more damage. She seems to have bonded with both myself & DH. Loves to be cuddled/held.
Pat - AKA Kallie's & Abby's mom