Eleanor hates to be away from me. It’s flattering, but also hard to deal with. When she first arrived we were told we should crate train her, so we did. At first she slept in her crate and went in when we left, then she managed to talk us into sleeping in the big bed.
We don’t leave her out of the crate alone for longer than 1/2 hour. We’ve experimented and come home to our bed sheets pulled off the bed, chewed up and peed on. I’m also terrified she’ll hurt herself on the stairs or try to jump in the couch and hurt herself.
She is good in her crate. She cries sometimes, but I’m confident that this is because the cat teases her. But our magic trick is the Kong.
This wonderful, wonderful toy has been a lifesaver for us on many occasions. They key is to fill it with peanut butter or another delicious treat. Dog bothering you? Give her the kong. In her crate, kong it up. She’s so used to getting a kong when we leave that if she sees or hears us filling it up she will run to the crate and get in! And because the process goes- lick kong – sleep, we can also give it to her if she’s extra wild before bed and it will knock her out.
Peanut butter is the usual filler, but in the summer when it’s hot, I like to give her doggie frozen yogurt:
-peanut butter (we like the all natural kind)
And freeze it! (She also loves frozen plain peanut butter)
For more information about separation anxiety in dogs please read the Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperers post here.
*The author was not paid for this review.