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Barking puppy problems! Help!
We've had Moose for almost a week now (he's now 9 weeks old), and anytime he isn't physically able to touch us, he whines, cries, and/or barks. We have a baby gate set up in the entry way to keep him on the linoleum, and even if we are sitting directly on the other side of the gate, he will act like it's the end of the world. We have tried leaving him with stuffed kongs and other chewable toys, and he will only be distracted for a few minutes before he realizes we aren't watching him anymore. We've also tried ignoring him, and praising him when he settles down for a few seconds/minutes. We're afraid to leave him home alone because we live in an apartment and the neighbors might want to strangle us. Luckily for us, my wife currently works from home so he has company all day, but we would like to do things in the evening. Is this separation anxiety? Demand barking? Any advice on how to train him to be more comfortable on his own?