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    We have a beautiful 12 week old Cavoodle puppy who has been with us for 4 weeks. She is settling in well although still whines and cries for approximately 2-5 minutes when we leave her to go out and to go to sleep at night. We were considering leaving her with relatives for 2 nights to enjoy new years celebrations. Just wondering if anyone knows if this is ok in regard to puppies development/separation/abandonment issues? For example, will she become anxious when we return and attempt to re-settle her in a routine? Any sound advice re: this issue is greatly appreciated.

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    I have never left a puppy of mine at that age so I can't be sure but I would say as long as the relatives looking after her stick to the routine she is used to, she would be ok. Maybe send her with a worn jumper or something that smells of you so she can cuddle up to that, Might get destroyed though so not a favourite one.It would be even better if they could look after her in her own home. Any chance of that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavoodle Love View Post
    We have a beautiful 12 week old Cavoodle puppy who has been with us for 4 weeks. She is settling in well although still whines and cries for approximately 2-5 minutes when we leave her to go out and to go to sleep at night. We were considering leaving her with relatives for 2 nights to enjoy new years celebrations. Just wondering if anyone knows if this is ok in regard to puppies development/separation/abandonment issues? For example, will she become anxious when we return and attempt to re-settle her in a routine? Any sound advice re: this issue is greatly appreciated.
    I have a personal experience regarding this. We had a rottweiler puppy. He had settled in well and not whining and stuff at night. We went away for 2 nights leaving him to Nanny and kids to be looked after in our own home when he was about 13 weeks...we had had him for 5 weeks.

    His whole routine got messed up...he started whining and screaming again when he went to bed...wouldn't eat again etc.

    I would not do it...but that is just my personal preference.

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    This is also something I have had a personal experience with.

    When Bailey was approx 3 mths old I had to go to Kalgoorlie in W.A. for an emergency. I was unable to take her with me. Bailey had been socialised with both people and other animals from 1 week old as she was hand reared. She stayed with my mum and her dog Sam (old english).

    She didn't whine or anything but mum made sure to continue the routine I had set.

    The only difference in behaviour which I noticed was that she seemed to become a 'hoarder'(sp?). She stole my mums recycling milk crate...dragged her blanket into it .....and then used to collect EVERYTHING! and hide it in the crate!!! Whether it be something that would fit in there or not for eg. Gutter mesh!!!

    I personally think if you are able to avoid leaving her (eg. no emergency) then this is the best thing.

    It can cause behavioural issues! She is still a little baby

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    She won't become anxious when you return, she will become anxious when you leave.

    It would be good to have a test night now - so your rellies can get a feel for what they're in for and ring you to come get if they can't handle it.

    Personally I wouldn't do it until the dog is much older, and ideally after it has spent some time at the place where you want it to stay.

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