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2013-04-18 08:48:52 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-18 08:54:45 PM  
Smear peanut butter on two tennis balls. He'll think of you then.
 
2013-04-18 08:56:02 PM  
When did Ric Romero move to Arizona?

Unfortunately, my in-law's dog's version of separation anxiety is to vanish for hours, which he never does to them, but I've had it happen to me twice for some reason. I think he adopted me as part of the pack, which leaves me feeling... conflicted.

/waits for the jokes
 
2013-04-18 08:59:29 PM  
If I am gone for more than a day or two my dog will knock over the laundry hamper, pull my clothes into a pile and lay on em moping till I get back, if I have no clothes in the hamper he will pull the pillows off of my side of the bed and do the same thing
 
2013-04-18 09:03:49 PM  
Oh for fark's sake.  I'm not going to have a counseling session or a heart-to-heart with my dog.  Even if he could understand English, I'm sure he'd rather lick his cock than listen to me talk about feelings with him.
 
2013-04-18 09:11:25 PM  

skinink: Smear peanut butter on two tennis balls. He'll think of you then.


keyboard

you owe me one...

what about this one:


HOW BOUT TAKE IT TO THE POUND ON BOXING DAY LIKE YOUR MOTHER DID
 
2013-04-18 09:12:39 PM  

FLMountainMan: Oh for fark's sake.  I'm not going to have a counseling session or a heart-to-heart with my dog.  Even if he could understand English, I'm sure he'd rather lick his cock than listen to me talk about feelings with him.


Yah, this article was one long pile of useless pointless anthropomorphism with only one concrete suggestion.
 
2013-04-18 09:30:20 PM  
CSB mode ON:

I own a pug/beagle mix with crazy separation anxiety.  The wife and I went out of state to my buddy's wedding for a few days.  A co-worker volunteered to take our pup in and watch him.

She gets him to her apartment.  The first thing he did was jump up on her bed, and, while making eye contact, pees smack in the middle of her comforter.  For his encore performance, he jumps down and starts shredding her dog's bed.

She calls and fills me in, asks if it would be okay to keep him in his crate at our apartment, with her coming by several times a day to feed him, take him out, etc.  I say of course.

She calls the next day to tell me that he had broken out of his crate.  You know, the steel-grid crates that are supposed to keep dogs in?  Might as well've been a wet paper bag for the way he went through it.

We come home the next day.  We walk into our apartment, and Odin emerges from our bedroom with the sourest, angriest look on his face.  He realizes it's us, and immediately goes into full spaz "I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU" mode.  Never seen a mood reversal happen so quickly before or since in human or animal.

CSB mode OFF

Didn't really have a point, just felt like sharing.  If you would like the 30 seconds it took to read my post back, send an SASE to my schnutz.
 
2013-04-18 09:32:09 PM  
Give them a fresh beef marrow bone every time you leave.  They'll practically hand you your keys and shove you out the door.
 
Byn
2013-04-18 09:39:24 PM  

Greta_VanHouten: Give them a fresh beef marrow bone every time you leave.  They'll practically hand you your keys and shove you out the door.


No, no, no... you don't want to come home to a dog with a bone shard wedged in its throat/jaw/gums as my friend did. Freaking horrifying. I fill Kongs with peanut butter and freeze them. Then when I go out, my Border Collie gets one. It lasts a little longer since it's frozen, and I don't worry about her choking.
 
2013-04-18 09:53:34 PM  
I always wondered if it would be better to have two dogs instead of one so they could keep each other company.
 
2013-04-18 09:58:17 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: I always wondered if it would be better to have two dogs instead of one so they could keep each other company.


That's part of why we got a second dog. Didn't work but still glad we got the second dog.
 
2013-04-18 10:00:48 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: I always wondered if it would be better to have two dogs instead of one so they could keep each other company.


I have a lab and a standard poodle. They just sit looking out the window until I get back. I dont think they even move. Hell, the lab sits outside the bathroom door while I shower.

/good boy
 
2013-04-18 10:01:25 PM  
 
2013-04-18 10:14:59 PM  
Most dogs with nasty separation anxiety have an alpha complex, and when you leave it's the "pack abandoning the leader".

Quit treating the dog like a child, act like the pack leader, and the anxiety sheds FAST.

/currently working with an older rescue dog.
//previous person treated the dog like a spoiled child, dogs take this as alpha cues.
 
2013-04-18 10:20:39 PM  
The best reaction I've ever seen out of my dog is when my brother would come to visit after deployments. If the dog could've turned into confetti and happiness he would have.

The most heart breaking was when my brother would leave again. Gah, it killed me.
 
2013-04-18 10:20:57 PM  
CSB

Whenever my canine discovers I'm gone on a business trip, it protects the place where we sleep. If anybody invades that space she gives an ugly growl. There is no separation anxiety. It's simply domain control.
 
2013-04-18 10:21:54 PM  

m053486: CSB mode ON:

I own a pug/beagle mix with crazy separation anxiety.  The wife and I went out of state to my buddy's wedding for a few days.  A co-worker volunteered to take our pup in and watch him.


Serves you right for breeding a killing machine like that.  Hope you don't have kids.
 
2013-04-18 10:25:25 PM  
I have two bulldogs asleep on their electric blanket next to me right now.  The wife and I call a warm blanket "Puppy Valium."
 
Sio
2013-04-18 10:44:33 PM  
Thundershirts will help many dogs. Some dogs shred them into wee little bits. D.A.P. (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) will help some dogs as well. No one thing works for every dog... Too lazy to find and post links... use your googlefu.

FWIW  I love puggles, some of the sweeter dogs I get to deal with on a daily basis... but the sweetest tend to be King Charles Cavaliers. I prefer the big ones though...

/my Maya is a 140# Saint Bernard.
 
2013-04-18 10:45:44 PM  
They want steak
 
2013-04-18 10:48:28 PM  

Byn: Greta_VanHouten: Give them a fresh beef marrow bone every time you leave.  They'll practically hand you your keys and shove you out the door.

No, no, no... you don't want to come home to a dog with a bone shard wedged in its throat/jaw/gums as my friend did.


This. I gave my dachshund a veal bone once, got home and she had swallowed a ton of fragments. 2 trips to the ER and $800 later she just pooped them out on her own, but it could have been a lot worse.
 
2013-04-18 10:53:23 PM  
dumb ass
 
2013-04-18 10:56:38 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: I always wondered if it would be better to have two dogs instead of one so they could keep each other company.


Let me find the pic of my Border Collie with 35 stitches in her chest from our other dog keeping her company.
 
2013-04-18 10:57:56 PM  
I go to the mailbox and come right back in... all of 30 seconds.... and the dogs greet me like I have been gone for years.
 
2013-04-18 11:02:59 PM  
My wife and I just adopted a greyhound 2 weeks ago. He's been exhibiting some separation anxiety. For the first try, we left for a 10 minute walk around the block with the camera rolling and he started whining, barking and pacing incessantly. We started stepping it back a bit to just a few minutes with a Kong with peanut butter/treats/bananas, etc. Most of the time it's been working (in that he doesn't even realize we had left) except for a few where he just totally ignored the Kong. It'll take a while but we think he's been improving. Fortunately, I can work from home most of the time so we'll be able to get him used to being alone slowly.

The longest we plan on leaving him alone in the future will be about 4-5 hours. Otherwise, we'll shack him up a doggy day care (overnights for weddings, etc).

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/ He's a big softy
// And jacked as all get out!
/// Kind of like Lou Ferrigno
 
2013-04-18 11:08:27 PM  
My wife's puggle deals with hers by simply walking into our bedroom after my wife leaves.  Then she grabs whatever article of clothing my wife slept in the night before and drags it back to her kennel.  If I try to remove the garment that the puggle is snuggling with, I risk serious injury as she growls, snaps and barks if I even act like I will grab it.
 
2013-04-18 11:16:25 PM  
Too many people fuss over their dogs, "saying goodbye" before they go, babying the dogs when they get home, etc. The best thing to do is just be nonchalant (sp?). Just go. When you get home, ignore the dog until it's calmed down.

Whenever I have to go anywhere, I just tell ours "Be back in an hour" or whatever, "Guard the house." The one that gets into things is crated, as are the ones that get into fights. The rest are left loose. They sometimes howl for a few minutes when I leave but pipe down pretty fast, and only start again when they hear me open our gate.

If people make a big deal about going and leaving their dog, the dog picks up on the person's anxiety and becomes stressed too. So just act casual and go do what you need to do, and your dog will be fine.

/7 dogs: 2 rescues, 2 pound adoptees, 1 given to us by a neighbor, 2 raised from puppies.
 
2013-04-18 11:52:38 PM  
Our 100 lb mastiff/husky mix had crazy separation anxiety. He ate through not only his steel crate, but chewed two solid wood window sills and two door frames clean off. To the delight of our neighbors, he would whine and bark for however many hours we were gone. One evening, we popped out to the store for 40 minutes after having been at home all day, and when we came back there was a crowd of concerned neighbors apparently trying to decide whether they should smash our window in to rescue our dog who was apparently going berserk.

We tried leaving him a Kong filled with peanut butter, but he would completely ignore it while we were gone and then devour it as soon as we came home. We tried leaving for increasingly longer intervals, but he would freak the fark out if left alone for more than two minutes. Within 20 unsupervised minutes, we could expect to come home to ripped up couches, torn down curtains, and anything made of wood reduced to splinters. We even tried one of those stupid $40 thunder vests.

After nearly two years of this (we adopted him unhousebroken at four months), the furthest we had gotten was to have him sleep downstairs instead of right by our bedroom door, and even that only happened after we installed a custom pet gate at the foot of the stairs (and he'd still spend the first hour whining). Desperate and realizing that he was pretty much unadoptable, we decided to just get a second dog. It's been about six weeks, and now the first dog doesn't even bother getting up when we leave the house half the time. This totally could have backfired (we could have ended up with two anxious dogs), but I guess we got lucky.
 
2013-04-19 12:02:05 AM  
vinniethepooh:

Sounds like you have pound hook-ups.  I have a friend working for the Richmond (VA) SPCA scouring for our type.  If you do have any kind of connection with reclaimed doggies, please, let a brother know.

Looking for a hound/shepherd, mixes are totally okay.

Would also be willing to do the full rescue of mutt idea.  Seems like you've been down that road before.  Could you possibly share your experiences with me?

EIP if you got any leads, or would just care to share experiences.

Got a great home for a big dog.  Now we just need said dog.

Much thanks in advance!
 
2013-04-19 12:02:37 AM  

IwasKloot: My wife and I just adopted a greyhound 2 weeks ago. He's been exhibiting some separation anxiety. For the first try, we left for a 10 minute walk around the block with the camera rolling and he started whining, barking and pacing incessantly. We started stepping it back a bit to just a few minutes with a Kong with peanut butter/treats/bananas, etc. Most of the time it's been working (in that he doesn't even realize we had left) except for a few where he just totally ignored the Kong. It'll take a while but we think he's been improving. Fortunately, I can work from home most of the time so we'll be able to get him used to being alone slowly.

The longest we plan on leaving him alone in the future will be about 4-5 hours. Otherwise, we'll shack him up a doggy day care (overnights for weddings, etc).

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/ He's a big softy
// And jacked as all get out!
/// Kind of like Lou Ferrigno


Congratulations on getting the best dog in the world!

Our Greyhound had terrible separation anxiety when we first got her. You're doing it right. Short times at first then longer and longer. We found that taking her for her energy dump (10 minute run and play session) just before leaving her helped too. Now when we leave she doesn't even move from her default setting...

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/What kind of amp is that?
 
2013-04-19 12:22:40 AM  
Dogs are pack animals... you are (supposed to be) the Alpha, and when you leave they think they're being abandoned. The best thing you can do is have more than one dog. Then, when you leave it's not like their entire pack has abandoned them and they don't freak out.

/ Two rescued Australian Cattle Dogs from the same litter
 
2013-04-19 12:27:48 AM  

ERNesbitt: Dogs are pack animals... you are (supposed to be) the Alpha, and when you leave they think they're being abandoned. The best thing you can do is have more than one dog. Then, when you leave it's not like their entire pack has abandoned them and they don't freak out.

/ Two rescued Australian Cattle Dogs from the same litter


My MIL's dog is an Aussy :) - they're great. Hoping our next house has the room so I can finally get one...
 
2013-04-19 12:34:00 AM  
My chocolate labrador gives me the biggest sourpuss face every morning when I put her outside when I leave for work. My wife and I always make sure the first thing we do when either of us gets home first is to take her on a big 45 minute walk.

Then on weekends we try to take her where we can where possible, and if the weather is nice we take her to the local park to run around.
 
2013-04-19 01:05:40 AM  

illannoyin: Congratulations on getting the best dog in the world!


I love that tongue thing with greyhounds.

"Hey, dog, you left your tongue hanging out of your mouth."
"Yeah, I'll deal with that tomorrow maybe."
 
2013-04-19 07:33:49 AM  

IwasKloot: My wife and I just adopted a greyhound 2 weeks ago. He's been exhibiting some separation anxiety. For the first try, we left for a 10 minute walk around the block with the camera rolling and he started whining, barking and pacing incessantly. We started stepping it back a bit to just a few minutes with a Kong with peanut butter/treats/bananas, etc. Most of the time it's been working (in that he doesn't even realize we had left) except for a few where he just totally ignored the Kong. It'll take a while but we think he's been improving. Fortunately, I can work from home most of the time so we'll be able to get him used to being alone slowly.

The longest we plan on leaving him alone in the future will be about 4-5 hours. Otherwise, we'll shack him up a doggy day care (overnights for weddings, etc).

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 517x386]
[lh3.googleusercontent.com image 571x428]
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/ He's a big softy
// And jacked as all get out!
/// Kind of like Lou Ferrigno


That is one enormous Greyhound.
 
2013-04-19 08:09:11 AM  

illannoyin: IwasKloot: My wife and I just adopted a greyhound 2 weeks ago. He's been exhibiting some separation anxiety. For the first try, we left for a 10 minute walk around the block with the camera rolling and he started whining, barking and pacing incessantly. We started stepping it back a bit to just a few minutes with a Kong with peanut butter/treats/bananas, etc. Most of the time it's been working (in that he doesn't even realize we had left) except for a few where he just totally ignored the Kong. It'll take a while but we think he's been improving. Fortunately, I can work from home most of the time so we'll be able to get him used to being alone slowly.

The longest we plan on leaving him alone in the future will be about 4-5 hours. Otherwise, we'll shack him up a doggy day care (overnights for weddings, etc).

[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 517x386]
[lh3.googleusercontent.com image 571x428]
[lh4.googleusercontent.com image 571x428]

/ He's a big softy
// And jacked as all get out!
/// Kind of like Lou Ferrigno

Congratulations on getting the best dog in the world!

Our Greyhound had terrible separation anxiety when we first got her. You're doing it right. Short times at first then longer and longer. We found that taking her for her energy dump (10 minute run and play session) just before leaving her helped too. Now when we leave she doesn't even move from her default setting...

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/What kind of amp is that?


We totally agree! He's definitely improving. We actually took it back down to just out-of-sight training because he would always plop down where he could see one of us. But lately he's been sleeping in a different room at night. While my wife is at work he does look out the window every time he hears a car but settles down when he doesn't see her's.

We've been reading a lot of advice about leaving him alone and you're right about tiring them out (it doesn't seem to take them long!) We've also started teaching him commands for mental stimulation. It's hard to tell if he's bored because he just lays around all day like greyhounds do (and it doesn't help with those sad eyebrows) but he hasn't taken to destroying anything. He's two and a half years old and was in a foster home for about 2 weeks before we adopted him. They did a great job because he was already housebroken and well behaved on a leash when we got him. He didn't make a sound until our 3rd day when we tested him being alone.

Your's is very cute! That's great that she got over the separation anxiety. Gives us hope!

/that's my practice amp, a Fender Superchamp xd. Main is a Tech 21 trademark 120 (highly recommended if you can find one)

Cold_Sassy:
That is one enormous Greyhound.

Definitely. He's near the top of the range for males @85lbs, though he can stand to put on a few more to hide more of his ribs.
 
2013-04-19 04:22:50 PM  
illannoyin and IwasKloot

I had to login(for the longtime in awhile) to say that both your "poopins"(puppies) are beautfiul.
I am very happy that they have loving families, greyhounds are truly awesome:)
 
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