Hi All, I could use some advise here, we are going on our third week with a new adorable beagle puppy, "boogie". She has taken to us very well, potty training, crate training is going well also. EXCEPT, for she has horrible seperation anxiety from us, when we leave for work she rips up her wee wee pads to no end. What or is there anything we can do to help this tearing of paper along when she is alone and seperated from us, or is this she will something she will out grow. She is now 10 weeks.
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Personally I would think the main thing is to teach the dog that you leaving it in it's crate/area does not mean that you will not return and does not mean that she will not get anything good out of it. Begin by adding short separations: maybe 5-10 minutes where you've locked her up and have just gone outside or down the street. Leave something she LOVES in the area with her (maybe a Kong filled with treats or peanut butter - something for her to play with that keeps her occupied and happy - AND that you only give her when she is locked up). Come back and really play up to her. Slowly increase the time you are away once you feel she is getting comfortable with you being gone. This way, she never quite knows when you are leaving her for a long period of time or a short one. This might help. Also they say that playing the radio or the TV while you are gone can often help calm an anxious dog.
From what you've posted, this doesn't sound like separation anxiety to me (yet). It sounds like a bored puppy. Make sure she has plenty of distractions to keep her busy while you're gone (interactive toys, hidden treats, filled kong, etc).