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Home alone stress - still..

I really need some advice about leaving Snowflake home alone. She's almost 6 months old and I love her! We've had her since she was 4 months. She became very attached to me from day one. She's definitely my dog, which is fine with me. I love her cuddles so much!

However, she barks constantly when home alone. This is what I do:
- crating (she likes her crate but it doesn't help the anxiety)
- crate in an xpen with water, toys, and special treats
- kong toys, bully sticks..
- music on
- petsafe bark deterrant
- very relaxed leaving and entering the house on my part

I'm home most of the time but I try to leave her a little each day to get her used to it. Nothing is working. My husband was home the other day, kids at school, and I went to a friends house down the street for an hour. Snowflake whined at the front door the whole time and refused to play or get cuddles from my husband.

Sigh, she is a wonderful dog. She sleeps all night, is great with other dogs, is house trained, loves cuddles, loves to play with all of us, loves walks, etc.. The only issue is the constant alone time barking. She's not happy unless she's with me..

Please help! Will this ever get better??
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Will this ever get better??
It will get better, but not necessarily on it's own. There are many more experienced Hav owners and breeders here, but you can read how we overcame Rory's separation anxiety here: How We Dealt With Separation Anxiety.
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I really need some advice about leaving Snowflake home alone. She's almost 6 months old and I love her! We've had her since she was 4 months. She became very attached to me from day one. She's definitely my dog, which is fine with me. I love her cuddles so much!

However, she barks constantly when home alone. This is what I do:
- crating (she likes her crate but it doesn't help the anxiety)
- crate in an xpen with water, toys, and special treats
- kong toys, bully sticks..
- music on
- petsafe bark deterrant
- very relaxed leaving and entering the house on my part

I'm home most of the time but I try to leave her a little each day to get her used to it. Nothing is working. My husband was home the other day, kids at school, and I went to a friends house down the street for an hour. Snowflake whined at the front door the whole time and refused to play or get cuddles from my husband.

Sigh, she is a wonderful dog. She sleeps all night, is great with other dogs, is house trained, loves cuddles, loves to play with all of us, loves walks, etc.. The only issue is the constant alone time barking. She's not happy unless she's with me..

Please help! Will this ever get better??
You might want to look into this. From what I've heard, it works very well:

http://www.petsafe.net/blog/2014/03/...e-autotrainer/


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How does she do when you place her in an ex-pen and leave the room (but stay in the house?) does she tolerate that?
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Hi,

the Petsafe link isn't working for me. What is the product called? Thanks.
I'm using the Petsafe Indoor Bark Control device and it doesn't work for her.

I'd love any ideas!!!
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How does she do when you place her in an ex-pen and leave the room (but stay in the house?) does she tolerate that?
She hates being away from me at all. She'll whine if she can't get to me. When I'm cooking in the kitchen and she's in her crate in the living room (close by) she's fine. However, she can hear me and that seems to help. If I go downstairs she's lay down at the top of the stairs and wait for me to return. (She doesn't go down stairs yet).

She whines and barks whenever she knows I'm out of the house.
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Since the crated time in the living room is the longest period that she can go without distress, why don't you try stretching that a bit? Once she is successfully in the crate and quiet, move to a room that is farther from the kitchen and see how she tolerates that. If that goes successfully, you can move a little farther away each time.
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Since the crated time in the living room is the longest period that she can go without distress, why don't you try stretching that a bit? Once she is successfully in the crate and quiet, move to a room that is farther from the kitchen and see how she tolerates that. If that goes successfully, you can move a little farther away each time.
Thanks. Unfortunately I've tried that. She barks and whines when I'm upstairs taking a shower and I've crated her. She needs to be with me at all times to be happy. It's always such a surprise because she is such a great little pup in every other way..
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Hi,

the Petsafe link isn't working for me. What is the product called? Thanks.
I'm using the Petsafe Indoor Bark Control device and it doesn't work for her.

I'd love any ideas!!!
Amy
Try this link:

http://store.petsafe.net/autotrainer

This is different. This was developed with the help of Ian Dunbar, and uses a reward-based system for the dog staying quiet.


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The one thing I have learned with my dog who was suffering from separate anxiety is that you need to change your departure routine. There are triggers that your dog picks up on. I use to put my shoes on and leave my purse at the top of the stairs before departure. Now, my purse is downstairs by the garage door and so are my shoes. We also turned the chime off that would trigger every time we open or closed the door. This helped a ton
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