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    Separation anxiety in small dogs…

    Hi everyone! Hope your Christmas and New Year’s treated you well! Santa bought me a new puppy!!! A Mini Dachshund… her name is Slinky! She’s just precious!
    We currently have a kelpie x cattle names Diesel; they get along fine however at night time she still cries A LOT. We’ve had her now for about 2 weeks and she’s very dependent on human contact… the moment she sees me or my other half she screams for us, every with Diesel sitting next to her. I thought pets liked each other but she seems far more interested in what the humans are doing. Can anyone else offer advice? I also would like to have her as an outside dog during the day… does anyone suggest against this at all? (Our yard is puppy proof)

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    She is still a baby and needing reassurance and you are much more effective than Diesel from her point of view.
    There is quite a bit of information about managing anxiety if you do a search,
    One way is to practice going out and coming back for extending periods of time. Just a though, have a trawl through the site.

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    A new puppy! Lucky you
    Being a mini Dachy she is going to be more a house/lap dog than a yard dog.
    I'd be keeping Slinky indoors with you as much as possible, especially at night. This means lots of effort on your part to toilet/house train her, and to have a doggy door that she can eventually use to go out to toilet on her own.
    I'd also recommend crate training and have her crate in your bedroom at night to make her feel secure and so you can hear when she wakes and needs to toilet during the night.
    She might settle better at night if you settle her with an old T-shirt you have worn. I also gave my pup a large soft teddy bear which she would snuggle up with.
    There is a lot of great information on puppy care on the internet. Perhaps have a search on Dog Star Daily
    Good luck! We'd love to see pics of Slinky!

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    I remember when Charlie was like that. Dachshunds are like Grevilla47 said, lapdogs and form close bonds to their masters, more that working breeds (such as diesel). If you do really want to keep her outside mostly, write up a timetable. Calculate the hours away from the dachy and with it. With the maths behind, just slightly lengthen the time he's away from you. If he cries, tough luck. He has to learn to be independent someday. The crying will pass in a few days once Slinky realises that cry does nothing. So never approach her during her noisy outbursts. The choice of out or in is yours but if she's staying in, prepare for pooey messes in the morning for a few nights.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!!!

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    Good news! Last night was a success!!!!! In fact, she slept outside with Diesel… she didn’t want to be inside she wanted to chase the kelpie! Oh it was such a sight to see! Thanks for your advice! I’ve purchased an anxiety bear for her to sleep with (if she needs it now) with a battery operated heartbeat and heat pads

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    You sound much happier! Good to hear.
    The battery isn't a good idea. Slinky will be chewing everything for quite a while until she finishes teething. She could get to the battery which would be harmful for her.

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    I was about to say, I had a client just this week that had a sooky mini Spoodle pup (11 weeks old now) and to stop it's night crying in the laundry, they bought it a kennel outside and left him out there. He loves it and doesn't sook at night now.

    My intial reaction was "How weird that the pup would settle being outisde, away from everyone", then I sat and thought. This puppy was (I assume) a BYB or puppy farm dog as it was bought from a local pet shop, against my advice of course. Perhaps during it's early critical period it had spent it's time outside with it's litter, then spent a little longer (2 weeks min.) in a glass box waiting for a buyer. It is used to being by itself but the environment was unfamiliar. Chuck it in a cozy kennel outside and it feels right at home. That's my theory anyway :P

    Perhaps this could be similar for your pup. Maybe it's critical period it spent outside with it's littler mates, so that's where it feels comfortable?

    Puppies like dens. If you want to have it inside at all, perhaps look at crate training, as dogs instinctively don't toilet where they sleep.

    As a side note, I hope everyone's keeping their pets cool today. It's a scorcher in Melbourne today!!

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