Any advice would be greatly appreciated. As I write this I am sitting in my bedroom, crying my eyes out for the third time this week.
My 14 week old mini foxy chihuahua x broke her leg 2 weeks ago when she took a little tumble. I took a few days off work after we went to the vet to help her adjust to the cast on her leg which is bigger than she is.
She seems to not be bothered by it.
My issue is now, unless she is free to walk around the house, following me everywhere I go, she gets anxious. I have a small play pen in my living room that I put her in when I leave each day for work. I also want to be able to put her in there when I am busy about the house and cannot fully supervise her. At the moment, the only thing I can do is put her in her crate, wrapped in a blanket in my bedroom when I need to do things or I am going out for a short time. She seems to not be bothered by this at all, usually just curling up for a snooze because this is how she sleeps at night. BUT... whenever I put her in the pen, even when she can see me, she barks and cries - I'm talking major serious wobblies. She has her crate, doggy bed, toys, water and if I'm going out - a puppy training pad in there with her. I've spent almost every waking hour for the last week reading training material about how to help train her to be calm in the pen, but nothing is working.
Last night, my neighbour told me that she has heard her barking after I leave for work in the morning. I didn't know she was doing this because I usually leave when she is occupied with breakfast and when I come home she is calm, sometimes sleeping. My neighbour is also a dog owner and not bothered by it. She know I am taking her to puppy school and doing what I can to get through this time, however she knows that there is someone in the area that is a serial complainer to the council and was just giving me the heads up because she didn't want me to get upset if I got a note in the mail about it.
Now, I'm not particularly worried about a complaint to the council because I can prove that I am doing all I can to combat this issue. I figure they cannot take my puppy from me if I am doing all of this. But I am worried about my baby girl. As hard as this is for me to deal with, I cannot imagine how hard it is for her.
Please, I feel so helpless but graduated exposure techniques are just not working when I'm in the house and I'm worried that if I keep trying these methods while I am home, her anxiety will worsen and she will stop self settling when I leave her in the pen while I go to work.