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Separation Anxiety & Barking!!

We have a six year old Havanese, Oliver who we love and adore. He’s so much fun and we do so many things with him. He gets plenty of attention and exercise on a daily basis. I only work three days a week and my husband is a teacher so he is home with Oliver everyday all summer. All the training we’ve done has been amazing. We’ve worked really hard at it and he continues to learn new things. We have just recently learned from our neighbors that when we are away from home for an extended period of time he doesn’t stop barking. This is news to us. They told us that he used to just bark a little when we first would leave the house. Now it seems to be getting worse. We are extremely concerned because we don’t know how to correct this behavior. If he only does this when we leave how can we let him know that it is inappropriate behavior? We know it is separation anxiety because we include him in so much.

Today we tried to do some short ventures out of the house to see what would happen. We are working on not making a big deal out of coming and going so it’s not such a big thing so that maybe he won’t get so worked up. We would go out to the car and one of us would drive away while the other one stayed in the garage and listened. We did this three times for 20 minutes each. He never barked once. We later had to leave for a couple hours to attend a party. We decided to put on a recording device. For the first hour and fifteen minutes he only barked a couple times. Then there was a period of about half and hour that he barked non-stop.

When we come home he always barks excessively (which is the only thing that none of the training seems to have helped)- we’ve tried everything to get that under control but now it seems like we have a bigger problem. Any thoughts??????
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We have a six year old Havanese, Oliver who we love and adore. He’s so much fun and we do so many things with him. He gets plenty of attention and exercise on a daily basis. I only work three days a week and my husband is a teacher so he is home with Oliver everyday all summer. All the training we’ve done has been amazing. We’ve worked really hard at it and he continues to learn new things. We have just recently learned from our neighbors that when we are away from home for an extended period of time he doesn’t stop barking. This is news to us. They told us that he used to just bark a little when we first would leave the house. Now it seems to be getting worse. We are extremely concerned because we don’t know how to correct this behavior. If he only does this when we leave how can we let him know that it is inappropriate behavior? We know it is separation anxiety because we include him in so much.

Today we tried to do some short ventures out of the house to see what would happen. We are working on not making a big deal out of coming and going so it’s not such a big thing so that maybe he won’t get so worked up. We would go out to the car and one of us would drive away while the other one stayed in the garage and listened. We did this three times for 20 minutes each. He never barked once. We later had to leave for a couple hours to attend a party. We decided to put on a recording device. For the first hour and fifteen minutes he only barked a couple times. Then there was a period of about half and hour that he barked non-stop.

When we come home he always barks excessively (which is the only thing that none of the training seems to have helped)- we’ve tried everything to get that under control but now it seems like we have a bigger problem. Any thoughts??????
I think the barking when you come home is a different problem. Can he get to you when you come in? If so, I'd find a way to gate him in an area where he can't reach you as you come in. Then come in, put your coat away, put down your packages… carry on as usual without saying ANYTHING to him, don't talk ABOUT him, don't LOOK at him, until he settles. (for as long as it takes to start with) When he settles, go great him CALMLY, and expect the same of him. If he ramps up, walk away again. It will be hard in the beginning, but he'll get the message. THIS part is "just" a training issue.

The barking while you are away sounds more anxiety based. Just stopping him from barking won't make him less anxious. You might want to work with a behaviorist… particularly a veterinary one. Sometimes, some sort of medicine that helps the dog stay calm is helpful, at least while he is learning to handle the separation better. But meds should only be given under the supervision of a knowledgeable vet.


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not sure if this is separation anxiety or just boredom. I would get a trainer to look at your situation. , someone with experience in this.

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