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#251896 - 09/12/12 07:03 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: bianca]
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I hope it is like those first few days of school for kids - just need to make a couple of friends and all will be good.

But I have never left a dog at day care, so I have no experience on that. If Jazz can learn to relax there hopefully that will carry over to be less worried when you leave and she is home.

Good luck! thumbup
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#251897 - 09/12/12 07:03 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: bianca]
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Hope the next time goes better! That kind of sounds like how Niko did at day care. frown
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#251902 - 09/12/12 07:16 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: bianca]
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Lisa, I have two friends with very clingy, anxious dogs, who put them in daycare. It really DID take a solid week before each dog bonded to his/her new "homies!" Now both dogs love going, and it's helped them balance out some of their anxious behaviors at home. I'm not sure if it's the energetic outlet, or being entertained by other dogs which helps, or if it's just getting a chance to be a dog in a dynamic group, but both dogs are more confident overall. Just took a good week or so before they became a really happy part of the pack.

Paws are crossed that Jazz warms up quickly to her new buddies, and that she soon tells you how happy she is there!
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#251979 - 09/13/12 03:26 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: Braverhund]
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I think it's going to be okay.

I did give her an herbal this morning (Happy Traveler), she was shaking and anxious while I was getting ready for the day, and of course nervous driving in, not sure where we were going.

When we got there, she didn't show any averse signs, and trotted right up to the door. Of course, when they take her and put her in the room, she gets hervous, and they said that for about the first hour she would whine and pace around the door. I don't think she played much, but did have some interactions with other dogs.

The webcam is pretty bad - there are 8 cameras, and it seems like the one on the small dog room is one of the worst, or maybe they just move too fast wink But when I could see her, she didn't look like she was in a bad state. I did call and ask them to show her where to potty, since she held it yesterday, and when I picked her up, no pee at all smile There are about 3 little brown dogs that look a lot alike on the webcam, frustrating it's so blurry and choppy.

This will probably sound funny, but I think she has been kind of depressed (suppressed???). Since yesterday, when she's not sleeping, she just wants to play and run around in a way that she wasn't before. I think me so severely restricting her activities after her surgeries this summer, she was afraid to be "her". So, she seems happier, and Patti, I do think this will help her confidence a lot, yes, thank you.

Last night when we walked, after a short stint at the daycare, she was hackling up at all the dogs we saw, and this morning while in the car she was even barking at someone walking by, so I have a whole new set of behaviours that I will be dealing with. But I think those were all suppressed, and it's good to see them, as long as they don't get worse.

So, hopefully tomorrow will go the same and I won't have to take back anything I just wrote! LOL, now I just have to worry about her not hurting herself, or re-herniating!

As a side note, I have many of the same students I had last year. They want to know, since Max was able to come in with me every day in those last couple of months, they want Jazz to come in every day too. I told them only special occassions....
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#251980 - 09/13/12 05:11 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Awww how lovely of your students wub

It sounds like all in all she is doing pretty good Lisa! I can't imagine why dogs cant feel some sort of depression.
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#251986 - 09/13/12 08:19 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa
I think it's going to be okay.



Gosh that's good news. Jazz has so much potential-it can be sooooooooo good, once a set of SOP is working. Sometimes you go together, sometimes you go alone, sometimes she sees her friends, sometimes you both see your friends.

OK, I'm babbling, I just was glad to read this.

thanks,
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#251991 - 09/13/12 09:09 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: MaxaLisa]
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See? Jazzy's even got a fanclub at school! Everyone wants her! 3penguins She's going to settle in just fine, I bet. Any behaviors you see now with hackling on walks may be because daycare hasn't "set in" yet, in that dogs approaching are not yet "Ho-Hum..." to her. Hopefully, with more daycare, they will be! It soyunds like a sensible daycare, not one where they allow mismatches in size, energy level, etc. So I'm thinking that the daycare will in time advance her ability to just roll with stuff in general, especially encountering new dogs as "just old hat."

Going to school as often as you can take her, will add to her experiences, too, and help her become calmer and more confident.

The Happy Traveller, the walks, the daycare, the days at school, all of the measures you are putting into place for her will build her into a more comfortable-with-the-world-and-new-experiences kinda dog. bloomrose goodjob

Please try to feel good about all that you are doing, and that incremental improvements really do (and will continue to) add up! thumbup Your optimism and happy outlook will be contagious to her, and further add to her increasing ability to stay by herself comfortably. Those small improvements are cumulative! cheers peacesign
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#252007 - 09/13/12 11:15 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: Braverhund]
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I agree with Patti that she just needs time to get used to the new daycare routine.

I'm glad to hear that she's happy and playful in the evenings. That's a really good sign!
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#252016 - 09/13/12 01:11 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: BowWowMeow]
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I did give her a HT thi morning, but I think it's the last time I will give her one before daycare. Except for the handoff, when they take her away from me, she show nothing but poitive signs.

I see her changing the way she is moving, I think this might be good rehab, her forgetting to "be careful".

Thanks for the "been there" support Ruth, it helps a lot!

MJ, yes, she has a ton of potential, so nice to see her world get larger and see it work for her. I'm afraid that she needs a lot of social stimulation and I'm going to have to find outlets for that. Crap, she probably needs a buddy down the road...

Patti, yes, it's very interesting to watch them grow and develop emotionally too. Such a fluid process, when it doen't get stuck!
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#252067 - 09/13/12 08:41 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Good news for Jazzy! I hope you continue to have more and more fun each day!

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