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  • Neurons

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    Jul 18, 2011 12:23 PM GMT
    How does your dog react when you leave? My two-year old husky thinks that no one is home and he's been howling non-stop for 12 minutes now. Just wondering if anyone knows how theirs react. Oh, when someone gets home, he usually brings an item to the door. Last time he lugged my Accounting textbook. icon_razz.gif

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    Jul 18, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    When I had just one (a well behaved showdog) he'd react like a cat. He'd barely lift his head when I left and when I returned I'd find him curled up tightly in the same place I'd left him hours before - under the foyer table in clear view of the front door, greeting me with a languidly raised head and a bored look that read "Oh, you're back?" He never barked at anything.

    Suspecting he wasn't happy I got him a second dog as a companion and she promptly taught him to bark and jump excitedly on me to greet me when I got home. Because it'd be rude for them to jump on guests and I'm invariably lugging something through the front door I retrained them both so they'd wait expectedly until I sat in a designated spot to greet me, at which time I show them a lot of love. When I leave they don't try to stop me but they've each perfected deploying the most soulful, angst-ridden "What did I do wrong?" stare at me. I'm told that when I leave the house even for a few hours they'll mope and stare out the window until I return, a dependence I'm not proud of fostering. But they never howl, bark or get destructive, and when I take them with me on errands they get the most supremely happy, relaxed and satisfied looks on their faces, as the male shows while using the female as a pillow - check out how he splays himself out now:

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    Jul 18, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    My dogs freak out... we have a husky and a shiba inu. They howl and whine day and night so we hire a neighborhood kid to come visit at least 2x/day while we're gone to take them for walks, play with them etc.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 18, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    Really varied reactions with my 3 beagles. I've had Buddy the longest and he's never happy when I exit. Reaction is muted from him if it is a "regular exit", like work in the morning and I'm following a routine. He hates it if it is unexpected and howls like there is no tomorrow and occasionally scratches at the garage door. You'd think I'd have beat him.

    Mia is far more laid back (about most things). She takes it all in stride.. and my newest beagle, Zach, watches, never howls nor makes a big issue, but is always there waggling his tail and barks when I arrive home... even if it is 15 minutes later.....LOL

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  • in_this_corne...

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    Jul 18, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    I have two Weimeraners (12 and 10). The 10 y/o barks a lot when I'm gone. He gets the bark collar which works wonders. He just lays on the couch or my bed if I leave.

    The 12 y/o doesn't bark when left. He lays by the door waiting for me to return. The older one, however, has a brain tumor and has been on various meds for the better part of the past two years. A med he is no longer on (a steroid) made him nuts and he ate everything when I was gone.

    The steroid just made him stir crazy and hungry. He would eat rolls of toilet paper (ripped both dispensers right out of the dry wall); he would always empty the garbage all over my kitchen; eat covers off of books from the shelf in the office; eat any mail left on the counter tops (mail, netflix dvd's, paper of any kind). Since taking him off the steroid, he doesn't do that anymore.

    I still prepare for the worst when I leave...I am sure to shut both bathroom doors, set the garbage outside my door, and make sure nothing is left around, in general...and bark collar...can't forget the bark collar.

    Sadly, I don't think the older one will make it through this year. As frustrating as it has been dealing with the ailment and behavior due to medication, I'm gonna miss that little hell raiser when I put him down. Right now, I'm trying to ensure he has a quality life (hence removing the steroid from his regimen).
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    Jul 18, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    My Teacup Yorkie comes almost everywhere with me! I had to fly out to LA and leave him last month and i was so worried about him! I checked him into a dog hotel and he had the best time being pampered while i was working! He was so pleased to see me though.

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    Jul 18, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    I talk to mine..saying..Daddy will be back in a few... so they recognize that you are saying something to them.

    It usually helps.. Just getting up and leaving, they are a little perplexed.

    I work from home and it seems to help.. the upstairs neighbors have given me positive feedback that the small amount of barking has decreased or stopped

    hope this helps.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jul 18, 2011 6:08 PM GMT
    wi2sd saidI talk to mine..saying..Daddy will be back in a few... so they recognize that you are saying something to them.


    Me too! I nickname my black lab Buddy. His actual name is Guinness. He's used to my routines, and he always barks when he hears the delivery/mail trucks.
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    Jul 18, 2011 6:48 PM GMT
    My dog is pretty good with us leaving. however. I'm the one that gives him a time frame for when we leave and comeback. He still gets in the window and watches us leave. And he'll bark like crazy when one of us gets home.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 18, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    I lucked out with my pup. He had a mellow old Labrador brother, to set the tone, for behavior in the house.

    But you can teach your dog what quiet means, and to be quiet on command. Then you can tell him to be quiet when you are leaving, and hope for the best.

    Or train them to be quiet while your away. You have to teach the quiet command first. Then fake leaving, but wait outside for barking. Make the correction..try again...repeat etc. Can be done in a day and made into a game, with treats.

    Extremely vocal dogs tend to do it involuntarily, but you might be able to improve the situation. With a Husky, I'm wondering if it's like a call to the pack, like wolves do, vs separation anxiety.
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    Jul 18, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    mckinzie usually has someone around, but when she doesnt, she doesnt freak until someone gets home. and then shes running around everywhere. shes not a small dog either, so it makes it difficult. usually follows people around from room to room
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  • hebrewman

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    Jul 18, 2011 7:44 PM GMT
    when maccabee was 5 months old i flew my first 4 day trip. up until then i had only been working one and two days. i arrived home early on day 4 and he was happy to see me walk into the house. however, he realized that 'aba' (hebrew for dad), had been gone for 4 days. he immediately trotted over to my suitcase, sniffed it a bit then peed on it like a tree. as he did it, he tilted his head while looking at me as if to say, ''yeah? you go on a 4 day? take that.'' shortly after that i had to run a few errands and when i returned home one of my uniform shoes were missing. he had dragged it into his crate and chomped through the tongue of my shoe. i still wear it with pride. he sees the uniform and just shakes. he hears the caller id for the crew desk and his head drops. oh yeah, he knows. i know how pissed off he gets by how many of his stuffed animals are gutted when i get home. at least it's not the sofa. i can't fault him one bit. bostons are known to be attached to their owners and i wouldn't have it any other way.
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    Jul 18, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
    My female will sit in a chair that looks out the window to the street and will wait for me to return. Then looks at me from the chair like Im an ass hole. Been told my dogs both howl while im out. I love my pups more then most poeple ive met.
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    Jul 18, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    I try to leave the TV on so there's some noise -- but seems like they (4 boys, 1 girl) don't really care about that. I did learn early on to give them a treat before I was to leave, so they would associate me leaving with something good. I've done it long enough now that they don't always expect treats when I leave.

    Coming home is a totally different story though -- I guess it's true they don't really have a good sense of time. They'd go crazy whether I was gone for an hour or the whole day. And treats are always expected when I come home, whether I was gone for an hour or the whole day. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 18, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
    When I leave the dogs go in their pen. They know that going "pen-pen" means it's nap time.

    Now, when I come back home they're super excited to see me. One grabs a toy and the other one her blanket and they parade their treasures for me to see.
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    Jul 19, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
    Hebrewman says quote
    he sees the uniform he shakes, he hears the caller id for the crew desk and his head drops. oh yeah, he knows.
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    My Affenpinscher is 15 years old , and when he hears the caller ID from the crew desk , he knows too , he looks at me and makes his sad face .icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 19, 2011 7:01 AM GMT
    My neighbours's dog (apt next to me) would howl for an hour or more every time they left him. It's awful listening to him, he sounds like he's being tortured.

    But living in an apartment with a dog is a bad idea in the first place, especially when they leave for 9 hours a day. grrr
  • Rawrdo

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    Jul 19, 2011 5:20 PM GMT
    I know for a fact that mine tends to sleep/nap while we're gone. Though it doesn't happen too often as there is always at least one person in the house. Anyways, when we do go out and come back he's either on the door already, or by the door, but he's all groggy and walks very sluggish. That and he will start doing stretches. He never pees or poops or does anything destructive. The only exception is tissue paper, if he finds that all bets are off and he will shred the paper to pieces and spread it all over the house.
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    Jul 19, 2011 5:33 PM GMT
    We're down to just one dog now - a Chow-Shiba mix. He likes going places with us - so whenever we can, we take him along. My Benz convertible has an area behind the front seats where Walter has a bed. He sits up and LOVES seeing all the sites wherever we go - short trips or long. If he has to stay home, he's fine with it. He has a great shady area and can go along the side of the house and see out front through an iron gate. When we get home, he is so excited he practically jumps out of his skin. After we greet him and give him hugs, he goes wild for a minute and runs circles around the place for a minute or two. So funny!

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    Jul 19, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    Mine mostly lay on the porch and mope when I'm gone. They lose all interest at keeping the deer and peacocks out of the yard (which is their job.). They definitely know that if I put on shoes and a shirt, it's time to go somewhere, although they usually get to go along.

    If I've been gone for more than a day, they all (dogs and cats) sneak into my bed and arrange it so they're all touching me, at least with one paw, all night. No sense changing the sheets until that's over with.

    My first dog walked to the school bus stop with me in the morning, and he was sitting there waiting when I got home, every day. As far as I could tell, he sat there all day, but I'm told that he assumed his station about half an hour before the bus was due.
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    Jul 19, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    Whenever I leave the house/go upstairs (where he isn't allowed), he just stares at me. With those big chocolate-lab eyes. It's so adorable and sad and he knows it. He uses it to his advantage. He knows I can barely resist, and when I do, I feel awful afterwards. Clever boy.
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Jul 20, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    LOL MY PITBULL WILL STARE OUT THE WINDOW AND THEN SHE GOES AND LAYS ON THE BED AND SLEEPS. WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER SHE WOULD GET SERPERATION ISSUES. BUT SHE GOT OVER IT AFTER SHE TURNED 3. NOW GETTING HOME IS A DIFFERANT ISSUE IN ITS OWN RIGHT. THEN SHE DENTS STUFF WITH HER TAIL AND WONT STOP BARKING A CRIING TILL PET LMAO.
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    Jul 20, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    ncujock saidMy dogs freak out... we have a husky and a shiba inu. They howl and whine day and night so we hire a neighborhood kid to come visit at least 2x/day while we're gone to take them for walks, play with them etc.


    Our Shiba Inu mix has the WORST separation anxiety ever. If my partner leaves she will sit by the door for hours and whine or howl till he comes back.