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Introduction and question
Hi everyone, I'm here to try to figure out some information about separation anxiety. The short version of a long story is in April my parents bought a female Havanese puppy. My father died very suddenly in May and my mother has been in and out of the hospital since then. We finally got a diagnosis for what was going on and so I do believe she's going to be back to full health but in the meantime we have this puppy. I've been living with my mother since June so the puppy is used to me although she is definitely my mother's dog.
I work full-time and I probably would not have chosen to buy a Havanese myself because of that. However, again, here we are and because my mother should be returning to health I don't really want to adopt out her last gift from my father.
At first the dog was bouncing all over during the day but now she's staying at the house. My aunt comes and gets her about halfway through the day and we're slowly weaning her to being used to someone just dropping by. On occasion I've left her alone for 4 hours, come home for an hour, going back to work for 4 hours. She still ate fine and seems happy. She is a fairly independent and confident Havanese puppy which works in our favor. She can play independently and is not a velcro dog.
I guess my long rambling post is leading up to, at what age can we stop worrying about separation anxiety and what on Earth can I do to try to prevent it from occurring? Although my mother's prognosis is good we've got probably another 3 weeks and we have at least before she's able to come home.