So on Monday we found out DH is going to Virginia for his job on Saturday. He will be there without us until September 1. Indi (our b) is totally a daddy's boy. He knows when Turin is coming home and waits at the door for him. Only snuggles up under the covers with him. Incessantly walks around after him.
SOOOO since we will be apart for a month…oh and did I mention DH is taking the entire apt with the exception of Indi's kennel and toys with hi...what can I do to ease the transition?
Or am I getting myself worked up about it and then going to effect him. If I act like nothing is going on will he? Its only 3 weeks but I don't know if Indi can understand.
Right now he is 7m and for the last 5 has been going in to work with T almost every day so I think he will be missed?
While there may be some issues, one of the best things you can do for yourself and your dog is to take Indi for a good long walk in the morning and in the evening. When I say long, I mean at least an hour or so. This walk will help you and Indi bond more and he will start focusing more on you. I always treat Roo with a few Cheerio's that I keep in my pocket in a plastic bag.
I do not want to beat a dead horse here, but I just cannot say enough about how wonderful long walks are for you and your pet. It improves their behavior and they are much more mellow.
Another thing you can do, is establish a play time for you and Indi on a daily basis. It does not have to be a long one, but it does need to be somewhat regular. We found a bunch of AKC stuffed animal toys at our local Big Lots for $3 each. Our Basenji just loves to play with them. I have heard it said that Basenji's will not retrieve or play fetch, but Roo seems to have no issue with it. One thing Miranda discovered is that Roo likes to chase an ice cube from the fridge around on our ceramic kitchen floor. Of course all of this is up to you.
I personally spend as much time as possible with both Roo and Bonzo. Of course there are always limitations to what anyone can do.
I think if you just plan some things like walks, play times, treats, and cuddle times, everything will work out for you just fine.