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Separation Anxiety

Posted by:  Teja
Category:   Behavior Problems
Posted on:  November 22, 2002 at 09:28:08

Question:

Our JRT male is 6 months old. He is a very good puppy when we are at home, but when he is alone every day as we leave for work, he is still urinating. Is it possible that he can`t hold for so long (he is alone for about 6 hours) or is this separation anxiety? We noticed that he isn`t sleeping at all when he is home alone. His bad is a mess and usually on the other side of the kitchen and sometimes he is urinating on his bad. When we come home, he is so tired that he is amediately asleep. We leave him his toys and a bone for chewing, but he doesn`t touch them until we come home - then he pick up the bone and starts to chew. We don`t make any fuss when we leave and when we come home and we also turn the radio on for him but nothing seems to work - he still doesn`t calm down - he jumps on the table and other kitchen elements and runs all over the kitchen. At the bigining we tried with crating, but it didnīt work - he was histerical!! Things are getting better, because before he was also defecating but now he doesn`t do that anymore. So maybe is not as bad as it seems, but anyway please tell me if we should be worried.

Thanks and best wishes,
Teja