@beth314 said in Two from the same litter?:
crossing fingers that I won't have SA issues
With all due respect for those who are dealing with separation anxiety and related issues: if you are relaxed, your dogs are relaxed. Our pups are super tuned in to us. They anticipate what is going to happen based on our routine actions. And they react based on how we react. If you treat coming in and out of the house as though it is normal (which it is), it will become less and less of an issue for both of you.
Part of the anxiety is on us. We inadvertently worry about using a crate or not using a crate. And then a list of things run rampant in our imagination... Is the dog going to mess in the house while we are gone? Are they going to get into something they shouldn't? Are they going to destroy my (sofa, shoes, house)? Am I going to come home to trash all over the place? We've heard the stories. We've seen the evidence. ahhhhh!
But it doesn't have to be like that. Start by making several short trips in and out. To the mailbox. To the corner. To the neighbors and back. Don't focus so much on how long you are gone. You could go back and forth to the mailbox 5 times, but you have to leave the house and walk away... your dog can tell if you are (or aren't) on the other side of the door. Your dog can smell you. They can hear you. Walk away, give it a minute, go back. You are teaching your dog that: seeing you come and go is normal. No big deal.