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.
Reason not to post while drinking red wine No.1
For a Basenji our family does yearn,
For a long time we have listened and learned,
We think were all set,
But what do you bet,
With new arrival we'll soon crash and burn!
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nobarkus last edited by
That's the nature of the beast! If it worked out just perfect to plan why would you want one!
thunderbird8588 last edited by
I know how you feel, all we can talk about are Basenjis, i'm afraid we are bores