Agree with @elbrant and I'd like to add, when you return be very matter of fact, do not make a big fuss, particularly if she is excited and effusive in her greeting to you. Sure, acknowledge her if you must but don't make any sort of big deal out of it. Go about your business, e.g. if you've been shopping, put your things away before spending any time with her. Your goal is to make your absence just part of a normal routine, nothing to be excited about. I've had two separation anxiety dogs, and you know you have won the battle when the dog just glances at you in an "oh, you're back" way and doesn't bother getting off the couch! Yes, people like it when their dog greets them and makes a big fuss, but if you feed that behaviour you give too much emphasis to your absence and that can grow into anxiety in your dog.
Fun story about toys!
AndrewnShango last edited by
Shango's never been one for toys. I, of course, would spoil him with various stuffed animals and chew toys that he would pick and nip at, but never really play with.
Today though, that all changed. I take him to a baseball field every morning near my apartment where I let him off the lease to run free. It's fenced in and he loves the freedom so it's a great way to bond with him, while allowing him some freedom to run. I saw him eye something in the grass today that I thought would be some scrap of food or other exciting thing for a basenji, but when his head came up he had a baseball in his mouth that must have been left over from a previous practice.
Boy does he LOVE that baseball! He brought it back to me, almost as if to say "Dad, look what I found!" and we played with it for a good half hour, throwing it and chewing it, he even played catch! It was so funny.
It's just a little moment that makes me smile, I know you all will understand. Seeing our pups find something they enjoy so much, no matter how simple it is.
For Shango, he doesn't need expensive toys from the petstore, he just wants to play with an old, hard-hit baseball
MacPack last edited by
The hunter found his "prey" in the wild…the elusive baseball! It really is fun to see them enjoy something so much, congrats to Shango on his "kill".
Anne in Tampa
Schouiffy last edited by
Awwww. Warm fuzzy feeling! I'm glad you got that once in a Basenji lifetime game of catch! I had it once, many years ago….
wizard last edited by
It really is fun to watch them play. Sometimes I'll be in the kitchen and suddenly here comes a soft toy (or the hard kong) flying into the room – EL D sometimes will get pretty wild with his throwing
Ninabeana26 last edited by
So cute! I wish Dallas would fetch…maybe just once to make me happy. LOL. Glad he found a new toy & you both got happiness from it
Rivermoon last edited by
AndrewnShango last edited by
It's awesome! I thought that the baseball would only be a one-day thing- we woke up this morning, headed to the field and played catch ALL morning again!
I think I've found Shango's favorite toy (And it didn't even cost me a penny!)
ELERICKSON40 last edited by
My husband and I went to a Rays baseball game several weeks ago where he actually caught a foul ball! Well we brought the ball home and he was so proud (never caught a ball before) but guess who has had her eyes on it since it came into the house. You guessed it little Ms. Trixie. He had it showing our kids and she actually jumped up onto his lap and tried to take it. We of course have since went out and bought her (I know spoiled rotten) her own baseball and she loves it!