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#249767 - 08/27/12 06:17 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: TimberWolf]
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Jazz - if you can stay calm for a day or two, you will realize Mom comes back every day.

Stay calm and you will begin to feel the routine and might like it. Ok - tolerate it anyway.

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#249787 - 08/27/12 10:00 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: PositiveDog]
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Oh Jazz...I hope you will be okay and kind of get used to the routine of it all.

At the home visit yesterday, I met their 12 yo rescue JRT who has been seen at Cornell for behavioral issues, including SA, plus now he has dementia. His comes with aggression - they warned me - do NOT pick up your keys or he will attack you. I thought yeah, okay, then they picked him up to put him in the house and it was like a demon possession.

Anyway - he loves routine, has wrecked all crates including a specially made one, and now they have him, from a suggestion from the behavioral vet - in what they call his "Man Cave." There are 2 - one in the basement near their indoor training stuff so he can watch that, and one in a bedroom for nighttime (he is also a bit incontinent and wears a diaper in the house - but he's happy, otherwise healthy and loves people - until they try to leave!). I can ask where they got them - the one in the bedroom is kind of like a crib with a blanket on top and he loves it. He also loves the basement set up - there is a cat bed with that hood on it for him to crawl into and hide. He doesn't try to ruin it, or wreck it. They leave the TV on for him. They are lucky that he can hang with grandma too, but they have to be careful about that because of his aggression.

I thought it was an interesting solution to a lifelong issue that is no longer an issue! Now there's just the rest of the stuff. wink

Big hugs to little Jazz, anxiety sucks.
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#249800 - 08/28/12 12:31 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: JeanKBBMMMAAN]
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Jean, how are the "man caves" different than regular crates?

If the door is open, she has no issue with it. In fact, she was just in there now licking the side of the crate, probably from "stuff", when she was chewing it today - there are new scrapings and her gums were a bit irritated when I looked earlier.

I am hoping it doesn't escalate each day as she anticipates what is going on. (It must be tough each day to really feel like you are being "left".) If it as was today, a little drool, a little panic, the HT herbal is doing a pretty good job of knocking her out. I am hoping she will learn rather than panic.

Thank you for the thoughts, I am sure they help, and I hope to have some positive things to report relatively soon.

Oh, not surprising, the command "wait", as I move away from her, is awfully hard for her. I am trying to work on that as part of this.

She had her first cat chase today while I was getting ready to mow the lawns tonight - I am in trouble, she loved it smile
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#249808 - 08/28/12 02:50 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Chasing the cat burns off some nervous energy....can you let her do it every morning before you leave laugh

I'm sending all my calming soothing thoughts to sweet Miss Jazmine. I wish I has some good advice hugging
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#249852 - 08/28/12 11:08 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: bianca]
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Originally Posted By: bianca
Chasing the cat burns off some nervous energy....can you let her do it every morning before you leave laugh

rofl She would love that!
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#249854 - 08/28/12 11:23 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Instead if a cat, maybe get her .....a Roomba! laugh rofl
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#249860 - 08/28/12 11:38 AM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: Braverhund]
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#249862 - 08/28/12 12:13 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: Mary Jane]
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It might work for Jazz, but dogtv would drive Caleb nuts. You should see him whenever any animal comes on our TV - commercial, show, it doesn't matter. He's at the TV front and center trying to get to the animal he sees.
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#249935 - 08/28/12 07:57 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: Woodreb]
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I think it's the room that they are in and how it's set up. It was very quiet and cave like. Except for the TV, unless someone is in the basement (and then he's fine) it is very quiet. The bedroom set up was dark, quiet. I can ask them what the criteria for the cave was.
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#249936 - 08/28/12 08:00 PM Re: Separation Anxiety [Re: JeanKBBMMMAAN]
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The Whole Dog Journal issue that was in my mail today has an extensive article on this. Takes a while to say the least.

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