I currently have a 13 month old Bichon/Pom mix. She's a wonderful dog. But she cries when I leave my house for work. I recently moved into a new house w/ a fenced in yard for her to play in. But even when I was unloading my car and she couldn't be right next to be she would cry so loud you would think someone was trying to hurt her.
So I have recenlty been thinking if getting a new puppy/young dog would help her or if she may just get jealous. She's great w/ other dogs at the park and doesn't seem like she get jealous.
What should I do? Anything I should know if I get another one?
Have you tried to deal with her separation anxiety issues first, before adding another dog to the mix?
Because yes, another dog sometimes helps, and sometimes it doesn't. If the dog is that attached to you, it might not really care if there is another dog there.
There is a TON of information available on how to help a dog overcome separation anxiety. I suggest you work with that first. It is a process of training, and is often somewhat fixable.
You may find out that you unknowingly are causeing her stress, or caused her to not be independent enough to be without you. Sometimes it is just a matter of changing YOUR behavior. (I find that most problems my dog has are really MY problem! )
First of all, don't just buy a dog to "keep her company" so to speak. That's your job, and what if the other dog has the exact same issues. Buy another dog because YOU want it, and are prepared for the extra responsibility, it could all back fire and you end up with two neurotic dogs suffering from seperation anxiety.
My Pom also suffers from it from time to time, but now I am away and he is slowly getting used to it (so I hear from my family). You need to leave her alone in the house for a few hours at a time, while you are out to get her used to it. Sometimes, ignoring her is the key. There are a million ways to curb seperation anxiety, and I myself am undergoing the stress of it but he's a lot better now. I did think of adding another dog to the equation, but why add another dog just to keep him company. You should be benefiting from it, not the dog. Just my op. I think bringing another dog in would just confuse the whole situation, and you'd be left with two dogs that are far too attached. Puppies are puppies, and they get attached easily, you need to introduce you being away now rather than later.
You cannot baby her too much, infact ignoring is your best bet right now. Check out this link I just found, I am going to keep it in mind for myself too lol. Just re-think, and try to fix the problem the better way. :) http://www.wagntrain.com/SeparationAnx.htm
Do you crate her when you are not home? That would help. That way she has her own den where she is comfortable and can relax. You can also try putting the tv or radio on, dogs especially love the sounds of nascar or just animal planet. Give her a kong or nylabone, something to occupy her.
I would not bring in another dog until you deal with the issues she has first. Dogs pick up eachothers behavior. Your hands will be too full by bringing another in right now.
I think it does help to have another dog. Tina is my worst one about crying and throwing fits when I leave. She soon settles down though because she is so attached to Mandy. I think it really helps with Mandy and Max being there. Then, when I get home they are usually all three asleep.
My 7 month old pup also goes threw the worst seperation anxiety when i leave him at home. I cant even take him for a ride to the store and go in and leave him in the car just for a few minutes i come back and hes worked himself into a frenzy and breaths all funny and makes funny noises. Same with at home. I come home from work and he goes crazy. But now i do ignore him when i come home instead of making a big deal about me coming home. I dont think so far its worked much, but still working on it. I am getting anther dog mostly because i want a yorkie, but also the vet also thought that giving him some one to play with could help. But my luck it will probably add to the problem. I spoiled the heck out of bentley and i am doing things differnt with the new pup- things ive learned along the way in hopes she wont be as dependant on me as bentley is. He is at my heels 24/7 and i cant leave a room with out him right there. my gosh or even the bathroom and hes right there sitting there in the bathroom waiting for me and gosh some times wants up on my lap..lol' My vet did just go over some meds that help with dogs with bad anxiety problems and said that maybe this is a option, but i really dont want to drug my dog. The vet siad it doesnt sadate them at all, but still its a drug and im not all into giving him something that im unsure about. I did ask the vet if this was my doing and i made him tihs way and she said partly- some dogs are just really dependant, i think she was just being nice tho, because i know i spoil him rotton and i have made him this way,,lol but ive learned alot from this forum and reading so i wont make the same mistakes with the new pup when she is ready to come hom the end of aug.
My dog Mollie had very bad separation anxiety (she chewed her way out of the bedroom). I decided a kennel, which proved to be worse. Finally we just left her the living room with the bathroom and bedroom door closed. She was able to stay alone a bit longer. I just adopted another dog from the humane society and the two dogs stay downstairs when were not home, and so far no crying, messes or chewing. They keep eachother company.
She doing better in the morning now. When I leave the house in the morning I just lay on the couch for a minute or so, she's still sleepy so she lays next to me then I usually place her in the crate or have in go in the crate for a treat. Lock the door. And in my normal voice tell her to be good and I'll be home soon. So it has become more routine.
But if I leave during the weekend or another random time she cries super loud. Keeping the the same putting her in her crate 'ritual' I do before I leave for work.
When I get home she's super excited to get out of her crate. I make her sit and before opening the crate which clams her down a little. I let her out and take her directly outside while she jumps around for my attention, which I don't give her. Once outside she'll sniff around and go potty. And then I'll call her and pet her.
Do you see anything I should be doing differently?
***Edited By: skittles771 on 7/26/2006 9:30:10 AM*** Reason: none
Sienna, dogs are pack animals. In my case it did help and still does help Tina. I was not telling this person to go out and buy another dog. Everyone has their own situtions and opionions and that was mine.