Like Jadie, I dont really take my dogs anywhere. But it's not because I dont wwant to, it is just such a hassle some times with 2 LOL.
I used to take my old girl Chev everywhereed with me, parties and everything.
IN egards to not getting a staffy because you will be at work, I am going to disagree with everyone else. I grew up with staffs that were left home while owners were at work. I have owned 2 staffy xs that I left at home while I was at work. The only time one of them got separation anxiety (Lennox) was when he was a baby and if you even stopped sitting nect to him hed start screaming.
If the dog is going to be always with you when you ar ehome, then it will be fine. Sure, they love their people and love to be with them, but a few hours in the back yard isnt going to kill them and can be workable. Just make sure whatever you plan to do, you start doing it from the start. Dont hang with them 24/7 for 3 months and then expect them to be OK on the first day at work....
ANY dog can adjust to be home alone...you just have to go the right way about it.
No not necessarily the taking of dogs with you, but the fact that they may learn to get excited with the triggers of leaving, if they become acustomed to you going as them going with you..make sense? probably not, i dont know how to explain it..that part came from a vet nurse turned dog behaviourist. im not saying that if you take your dog on outings all weekend that they will develop separation anxiety, but i know that if i took my dogs out all weekend, when monday comes, they will look at me like "what, why cant i come, what did i do" but, thats my choice. Dont get me wrong, i still drive my pooches to leash free areas, friends places ect. but i choose not to do it all the time, based on advice i have been given. it works for me, my dogs are happy, each to their own.
"Dogs are miracles with paws" - Susan Kennedy
But ANY dog can get sep anx, its all going to depend on how the dog is brought up IMO. NO dog wants to be away from its humans but its a fact of life and MOST of them will learn to deal with being alone for periods of the day.
So many people take time off work for the new puppy.....Spend all day every day with them and expect puppy to be alone when they return to work. I think being off work is great idea, but......give the puppy alone time, where it has to chew or sleep alone. break this up with potty training, short play and back to quiet time or alone time. Teach the puppy how to be from day one, independent. My dogs are almost waiting for me to go to work, because when we go they get a chewy of sorts.........i get dressed the dogs almost go, hurry hurry hurry, we want our chewy. When we get home, hubby and I go and do a couple of chores before we let our dogs out...again settle time.
When I am home.........yes my dogs do get more time with me, extra walk, but we also ignore them for long periods and they mostly sleep in their own areas. Some people are very proud of sticky, velcro dogs, but i feel sad for that dog. because when the owner has to leave that dog is distressed, anxiety sets in and lots of things can happen, be it barking, digging, depression or whatever. So i work at the settle, quiet time.......I have just got our most recent rescue newfie to be happy alone. he would howl and bark. We taught him we will be back and we are still there, but you need to be settled away from us. So you can teach mature dogs too. you just have to be a little tough, tough love.
so as cute as they are...give them time alone, give them confidence and trust
I love the way you are learning before the puppy/dog is there. good for you. have you read the Ian Dunabr Free download book..it is great. i just love some of his methods. Common sense. And they work........
Pets are forever
LOL gosh thats a long article....
I am naughty, I do lots of the stuff that article says not to LOL
But there are the exceptions, those that have the anxiety that need medical treatment. just like with some people, no amount of training can stop it with them.
Pets are forever
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