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#251541 - 09/09/12 04:05 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: BowWowMeow]
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I had forgotten about this but WDJ did an article on "Kong Time" as a SA aid. It's the gizmo that releases X number of Kongs over the period you are gone. I guess it gives the dogs something to watch for. Might work with broth Kongs?

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#251545 - 09/09/12 04:31 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: middleofnowhere]
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They discontinued the manufacture of the Kong Time thing.
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#251560 - 09/09/12 06:24 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: BowWowMeow]
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Originally Posted By: BowWowMeow
...When you're talking SA, any progress is progress!

I need to keep remembering this!!

The kong timer thing, with my luck, she would chew the plastic part that dispensed the kongs. Those ball treat dispenser things that are plastic - when she can't get the last piece out, she starts chewing some of the plastic trimmings - patience is not yet her virtue!
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#251803 - 09/11/12 12:27 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Well, we passed, and Jazz has been approved for daycare. She was pretty nervous, she will be in a room with the small dogs (and you know how small dogs can be wink ) and the mellower big dogs that don't do so well in the big dog room.

She is there now, for about 3 hours while I run some errands, to let her adjust a bit and ee how we think she will do for a full day. I may be more nervous than her.

When we got there today, I asked her if she wanted to go out and play, and she lunged in her seat belt and started barking, which made me feel better. But then they put her in the room with the already establihed pack, and they all rush her, her hackles go up, tail is tucked, and she's scared. I left so they could do their doggy thing and work it out. I'm sure she will be fine!

I'm just really bummed that I can't get the webcam to work on my phone.

Question. She is now adjusting to two things, the daycare, and being alone. Eventually, the daycare should be good for her, though they did say yesterday that it might take a week for them to adjust, those that go everyday.

Long term I hope to have her there once a week, and home alone MWF. Trying to manage these two things, do you think it would be harder to get her used to being alone at home if it were only MF instead of a more regular MWF, or easier to adjust to it. I would have to do daycare WTh then, but I don't know which would be least stressful for her. Maybe just being away from me at daycare will help her be alone at home?


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#251813 - 09/11/12 01:15 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: MaxaLisa]
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I obviously can't respond to any of your good questions, but I can crossedfingers that Jazmine's owner can take a deep breath and little Jazz gets through her first day with all the other kids with minimal difficulty.

Do please post when you both get home.

thanks,
MJ

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#251814 - 09/11/12 01:21 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: Mary Jane]
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As long as she adjusts ok to daycare I would go with leaving her there more often because then she will be really tired on her home days! I know this is hard--I have the same crazy schedule so Rafi has had to adjust to me being home most of the time for months and then he'll have a couple of weeks where I'm gone 10 to 12 hours a day or out of town for a week. Once he got over the big hump at the beginning he did ok though and I know Jazz will too.
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#251845 - 09/11/12 08:17 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: BowWowMeow]
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Okay, we will see what a temporary Wed/Thur schedule brings, and how she does.

I went to pick her up and of course she went nuts when she saw me, poor thing pee'd all over the place - I guess she was holding it the whole time there frown I asked if she had any fun, and the staff person kinda wrinkled her nose and hesitantly said no, but she did say she was pretty typical for a first timer. She stayed closed to the door, and whined a bit.

She was stressed when I got her back to the car, and tired. But overall, doesn't seem like she was traumatized, seems happy and playful tonight. I guess what will be very telling is how she reacts when we pull up in the driveway there the next couple days. I sure hope that this works, would be nice to have a place where she can go if I have to leave for the whole day.

When I'm home, I can't seem to get the webcam to work, keeps saying that the server is down, very frustrated with that - hope it works at work. Out of old Firefox, Chrome, IE, and Opera, I can only get to the login screen with FF. Will have to ask tomorrow.
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#251847 - 09/11/12 08:26 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Not that it's my business, but I want to wait to say anything based upon the repeat visits. There are so many things happening, Jazz will tell Lisa after a few repetitions and she'll tell us.

I'm glad she was happy tonight and I hope Lisa was, also.

MJ

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#251848 - 09/11/12 08:34 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: Mary Jane]
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You guys are like her extended Aunts laugh

I am feeling a little hopeful tonight, maybe a bit of light at the end of that tunnel crossedfingers
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#251890 - 09/12/12 04:33 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Oh I so hope your sweet girl starts to really enjoy herself. You both need this hugging
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