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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-12-2008, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question Home Alone....

Benji and Lizzie get upset if we have to leave one of them home alone. I had to take Lizzie a couple of times out without Benji and he whined and cried after we left. When I got back he was sulking. Lizzie is a major crybaby. She has never been left alone and I dread the day when I will have to. So I have tried to follow the same steps for separation anxiety that worked with Benji when he was a puppy to get Lizzie used to being alone. But as soon as the door closes, she starts to howl and cry, that gets Benji upset and anxious. He cries, paws and scratches at the door to get to her.

Those of you who have multiple furbabies, how do you manage this 'home alone' occasions?


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Poornima, I feel for you, because I know what you are going thru!! Mine always were unhappy being alone. Although my oldest, Lily, was used to it, the second two, are NOT. I solved the problem by getting a third!! Sheer MHS!!!! On Tuesday, all 3 went to the vets at different times in the day so that no one was left alone. I feel this is probably NOT the best way to handle it, but Logan has NEVER been left alone, and when Lexi is she poops on the floor. I am sure that someone here will give you some good advise on how to get them used to it. I am just a softy!!

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I have the same problem in my house, Riley being the first is fine but Monte yikes he hates being alone. The only thing that has worked for me is to bring Monte to day care to play with his friends when DH can not be home while I am off with Ry. I am lucky I have a wonderful day care that is open 24/7 and someone is always available even if it is only for 1 hr. But I reeealy like Laurie's idea #3 would work great in my house, I am so having puppy withdrawls this winter.

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Poornima, I have a similar problem. Scout will bark and be upset if I have to take Lincoln somewhere and he is left alone. He is not used to being alone since we got him second, and also I think it is just his more dependent temperament. Luckily, I rarely have to leave one behind by himself.

I just shut all the windows and put him in the xpen in case he gets so upset that he decides to be destructive (I don't know if he will or not, but I don't want to give him the chance). They are fine when I leave them alone together and they both get to roam freely now.

I can hear him barking from the street, but apparently if it is below a certain decibel level, my neighbors can't call the police so, that is why the windows are shut! He does stop barking after a few minutes.

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Boy you guys....I can't even think about taking one without the other I am a slow starter here...I am still just happy with them being left home alone and they seem happy. I can't imagine taking one and leaving the other.....
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Sophie and Gabriel are so attached to each other that they both will throw a fit if separated from each other. At times it can't be helped and all I can do is leave the one in the family room with all of their creature comforts until I return.

If I leave them both together alone, they are fine. They always know when I grab my keys and purse that I am going out, so they will both jump up into the recliner together
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In the beginning, Milo would bark his head off when I left him in the crate. I did that because I was afraid the bigger ones might hurt him. After a few weeks, when I thought I could trust them, I left him with the girls and from that day on he seems to settle right in with them and doesn't utter a sound, even when I come home.

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I not sure why but I don't have this problem out of my boys. I got three havs in two years. So I always had a puppy for awhile. Nigel just turned one this month. Whenever I have to leave I have always put them in there crates. I say bed, and in they go. They don't make a sound.

I am a stay at home mom, but with grocery, soccer ect. They are left at home alone, each week for a couple of hours each time.

I have just the last few weeks started letting them roam the house while we are gone. I always had one still to young to totally trust, so I didn't want to just crate him and let the other two roam. So far, I haven't had any problems. I can take one, two or three, it doesn't seem to matter to them.

I never make a big deal out of it, and I never feel guilty because I have to leave, and they don't seem affected by it.

Maybe it is a routine that I have them in and they have always felt safe in there crate, as that is where they sleep, for now.

Hope things get better.

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Jane, Lynn, Leeann, Diane, I am in good company then......it is good to know that I am not alone with "home-alone-not-happy" furbabies. So looks like I have to just take my two shadows everywhere with me for now.

Laurie, I can manage ONLY 2! I can't believe it myself but I am cured of my MHS!

Paige, you must be doing a great job at training your furbabies. It is great that the furbabies are not scared to be alone.

I am thankful that Benji and Lizzie are fine if they are home alone together. We keep them in our family room.... it is really B & L room now . The doggie door is located in this room with all other stuff they enjoy. The other areas of the house are closed off with baby gates. My neighbors have told me they don't hear them bark or cry when we leave them together. Benji and Lizzie start to bark when they hear us in the garage after we get back Benji was so quiet and not at all vocal when he was the only furbaby. He has leanrnt the bad habit of whining and moaning from Lizzie.

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hi, I'm new to the forum. I noticed you all have more than one havanese...well is there anyone who can help me with leaving Gizmo alone at home? any tips?
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