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    Do you mean all staffy breeds?[/QUOTE]

    Mainly the English Staffys, but have also known amstaffs to develop these behaviours too. If you properly research the triggers of separation anxiety and how to prevent it, then you should be fine..they are smart dogs and learn bad habbits as quickly as good ones. Im not trying to make a generalisation about the breed, because not ALL staffys suffer with separation anxiety, but it is definatley something to be aware of. For example; desensitising the puppy to you picking up your keys, leaving and coming straight back inside before it misses you, picking up the keys, putting on your coat, grabbing your handbag/briefcase, but sitting down for a coffee rather than walking out the door. These little steps are usually used to help treat dogs that already have a separation issue, but can also help with preventing it, because you are never allowing the dog to recognise a 'trigger' of you leaving them at home for a long period of time. Also, taking the dog with you everywhere you get the chance is also a bad idea..my dogs often spend up to 8 hours a day, outside, alone, whilst were out..we only take them on outings once a month or so, as a treat and to keep up with the socialising (they also get regular walks) once were home, they are inside with us. So if you have your heart set on a Staffy, make sure your prepared to do some extra training techniques to prevent issues such as anxiety. I have been studying separation anxiety for the past 4 years in my spare time, it is quite facinating. When i was younger, we had an English Staffy that had to be PTS because her anxiety got so bad, the ONLY thing we did not try was sedating her when we had to leave her..because that is no life for a dog. I was only a kid, and she was my best friend. Its a sensitive topic in the household still, it was our fault..we took her everywhere with us on the weekends and holidays, gave her ellaborate greetings when we returned home, yelled at her for destroying the garden..(everything you SHOULDNT do), all because we didnt know. We have ALL learnt from that experience and now have 3 very happy dogs, who love their daily routine of sleeping outside until we return home for play-time, walkies and training. If you want a Staffy, do your research and be prepared to do a little extra training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazybullylover View Post
    Do you mean all staffy breeds?
    Quote Originally Posted by Mainly the English Staffys, but have also known amstaffs to develop these behaviours too. If you properly research the triggers of separation anxiety and how to prevent it, then you should be fine..they are smart dogs and learn bad habbits as quickly as good ones. Im not trying to make a generalisation about the breed, because not ALL staffys suffer with [B
    separation anxiety[/B], but it is definatley something to be aware of. For example; desensitising the puppy to you picking up your keys, leaving and coming straight back inside before it misses you, picking up the keys, putting on your coat, grabbing your handbag/briefcase, but sitting down for a coffee rather than walking out the door. These little steps are usually used to help treat dogs that already have a separation issue, but can also help with preventing it, because you are never allowing the dog to recognise a 'trigger' of you leaving them at home for a long period of time. Also, taking the dog with you everywhere you get the chance is also a bad idea..my dogs often spend up to 8 hours a day, outside, alone, whilst were out..we only take them on outings once a month or so, as a treat and to keep up with the socialising (they also get regular walks) once were home, they are inside with us. So if you have your heart set on a Staffy, make sure your prepared to do some extra training techniques to prevent issues such as anxiety. I have been studying separation anxiety for the past 4 years in my spare time, it is quite facinating. When i was younger, we had an English Staffy that had to be PTS because her anxiety got so bad, the ONLY thing we did not try was sedating her when we had to leave her..because that is no life for a dog. I was only a kid, and she was my best friend. Its a sensitive topic in the household still, it was our fault..we took her everywhere with us on the weekends and holidays, gave her ellaborate greetings when we returned home, yelled at her for destroying the garden..(everything you SHOULDNT do), all because we didnt know. We have ALL learnt from that experience and now have 3 very happy dogs, who love their daily routine of sleeping outside until we return home for play-time, walkies and training. If you want a Staffy, do your research and be prepared to do a little extra training.
    Yes - thanks for pointing out, that is very helpful for me, I will consider this to any breed I am going to have in Future.
    Also, so everyone know I am not getting a dog for the next month, probably it will be 2 to 3 months from today. I am
    going to prepare the backyard first so I can partition the areas where the dog is permitted and not :-) same as for the front
    yard it will be partitioned - we are planning to fence it so the dog can have more room to wonder

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    LOL we partitioned the yard for Oskar, and he ended up getting out, so we just leave him inside the house when we are out, and he is happy camper....doesnt' seem to fret as much as if we left him outside.

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    Its good to see your not jumping into it, and clearly want to make it work out. Make sure you keep up posted with what you end up getting, and lots of pics good luck!
    "Dogs are miracles with paws" - Susan Kennedy

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazybullylover View Post
    Also, taking the dog with you everywhere you get the chance is also a bad idea.
    All made a lot of sense except that? I understand that would make sense for people who are home all the time, or on holidays when they get a pup/dog. But they will be at work 5 days a week, so I cannot see why it would be bad if they took the dog anywhere they can when they are not working? It's what I do... I take Banjo when I visit friends or go on picnics, to the local shops, and occasionally when we drive to the markets or other shops if it won't take very long.

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    I agree with Beloz.

    It won't do any harm to take the dog out with them when it isn't going to work. Separation anxiety isn't caused by taking the dog everywhere with you.

    It is caused by owners that always greet there dog at the door in a highly excited manner, By always making a big deal when coming and going, by not allowing the pup to spend anytime alone (when you are home), by responding to a puppy crying/barking/seeking attention when it has been left alone.

    My first dog came everywhere with me and my (now ex) partner except to work for the first 12 months of her life, she has never even had a slither of separation anxiety.

    Best way to combat sep anxiety is to make your coming and going a non issue (no excitement, no good byes, no hellos) and making it so the pup sees your leaving as a good thing, ie: Mum/Dad etc leave I get a stuffed kong, or a handful of kibble thrown around or a frozen bone etc. I do recommend the desensitization protocol that CBL spoke about. Ie: go through your leaving routine then don't leave, get ready to leave but only step out for a sec etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazybullylover View Post
    Do you mean all staffy breeds?
    Mainly the English Staffys, but have also known amstaffs to develop these behaviours too. If you properly research the triggers of separation anxiety and how to prevent it, then you should be fine..they are smart dogs and learn bad habbits as quickly as good ones. Im not trying to make a generalisation about the breed, because not ALL staffys suffer with separation anxiety, but it is definatley something to be aware of. For example; desensitising the puppy to you picking up your keys, leaving and coming straight back inside before it misses you, picking up the keys, putting on your coat, grabbing your handbag/briefcase, but sitting down for a coffee rather than walking out the door. These little steps are usually used to help treat dogs that already have a separation issue, but can also help with preventing it, because you are never allowing the dog to recognise a 'trigger' of you leaving them at home for a long period of time. Also, taking the dog with you everywhere you get the chance is also a bad idea..my dogs often spend up to 8 hours a day, outside, alone, whilst were out..we only take them on outings once a month or so, as a treat and to keep up with the socialising (they also get regular walks) once were home, they are inside with us. So if you have your heart set on a Staffy, make sure your prepared to do some extra training techniques to prevent issues such as anxiety. I have been studying separation anxiety for the past 4 years in my spare time, it is quite facinating. When i was younger, we had an English Staffy that had to be PTS because her anxiety got so bad, the ONLY thing we did not try was sedating her when we had to leave her..because that is no life for a dog. I was only a kid, and she was my best friend. Its a sensitive topic in the household still, it was our fault..we took her everywhere with us on the weekends and holidays, gave her ellaborate greetings when we returned home, yelled at her for destroying the garden..(everything you SHOULDNT do), all because we didnt know. We have ALL learnt from that experience and now have 3 very happy dogs, who love their daily routine of sleeping outside until we return home for play-time, walkies and training. If you want a Staffy, do your research and be prepared to do a little extra training.[/QUOTE]


    Sorry , but I just have to , it really is one of my bug bears , big time bug bear

    There is no such thing as an English Staffy , it is Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier (no bull in it)

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    Yeah we take Oskar as many places as possible. If I am walking to take the kids to or from school, he comes for the walk. To the beach, he loves going to the big Pet Store we go to, they even have a "Woops" station placed around the store lol, which is a wicked idea. Obviously there are places we can't take him, but we leave him inside with a bone or something, or usually he is taken for a big run beforehand by my OH so he sleeps while we are out. We close most doors, except our bedroom where he likes to sleep.

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    OT, but I have tried to take Banjo into the pet store a couple of times and had to give up on the idea. She gets so overexited! Especially because there is always at least one resident dog and one cat wandering around somewhere.

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    Lol if I took my two to the pet store they would run straight to the food That's all Harley did in Puppy School... sniffed food and jumped on people!

    My two don't go anywhere with me unless its just for a quick drive, to the vet or kennel. If I had one dog I would be more inclined to take it, but with two its too much effort specially with Harley's issues!

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