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.
Lola's Sick: An Update
Andrew last edited by
Thanks to everybody who gave us advice while Lola was not feeling well a couple of weeks ago. Since then…..
Lola had diarrhea for about 2 weeks off & on. She would be really bad for a day or two, I'd fast her & then give her chicken & rice & then she would get better for a day or two. So I did some more research on the forum, searching old threads and became convinced it was her food, rather than a bug. Last Sunday I went & bought some Blue Buffalo chicken & wild rice puppy formula, and the improvement was instantaneous and amazing!!! We were feeding her Nutro, and after some on the forum mentioned it had caused digestion issues, I had decided to change it. I chose Blue Buffalo based on the advice of several forum members, and the change was literally immediate. She had been fasting for 24 hours, and I didn't want her to starve before I got her new food, so I gave her just a handful of her Nutro in the am. She had diarrhea within a couple of hours. We switched her cold turkey since I figured her stomach couldn't possibly get more upset than it already was. She got Blue Buffalo for dinner, and on her evening walk had a solid poop. Not a single problem since!
Thanks again for helping us to get through this & solve it!
Duke last edited by
Fantastic! I love this forum - it has gotten me thru many trials and tribulations. So glad you've researched and got results for Lola here. Folks on the forum are great for sharing tried and true methods.
Its just amazing what bad food can do to our poor b!
Glad its all worked out!