Luna’s ‘Help Me Help My Dog’ online consultation. There is a lot happening all at once for the couple. Three days ago they adopted 5-month-old Romanian pup Luna. Their baby is due in a couple of weeks. The pregnant lady broke her knee To be able to leave Luna There Read more…
Feeling insecure is at the root of little Jasper’s problems.
Outside, he barks and lunges at other dogs, rearing up on his hind legs with all his tiny weight.
When left alone, he cries and barks. It has got so bad the lady, who lives in a flat, even wondered whether she could keep him.
She has had the dear little Yorkie for six months now. His first owner had died, he ended up in a pound and then he spent time in a rescue before coming to the lovely home he now has. It’s little wonder he feels insecure. (more…)
Context is everything.
Beagle mix Maggie howls, paces and scratches the door when they leave her alone. They had been advised that Maggie was probably bored.
Experience really does count in something like this. We need to ask the right questions and do detective work.
Research is really only possible in the person’s home where you can see the layout, the interactions between people and dog and so on.
Five-year-old Maggie was okay initially when they first adopted her eight months ago. The separation problems developed until they could no longer leave her without coming home to a wrecked carpet and damaged door. (more…)
It seems Kirie is finding adjusting to her new life a bit hard. They moved house two months ago.
The seven-year-old Springer Labrador is the sweetest, most gentle dog. It distresses them to see her worried.
One change she finds it hard adjusting to is no longer being able to follow the young couple and their toddler freely around the house. Previously they had lived on one floor. Now they don’t want her upstairs and have gated the stairs.
At the same time as they moved house a couple of months ago, the young lady went back to work. Now they leave Kirie alone for a few hours a couple of days a week.
Things not always what they seem
Another anxious dog.
When I arrived he was very frightened though, unusually when someone new comes to his house, he didn’t bark at me. I had choreographed my entrance carefully.
These first two photos show his anxiety. One with the lifted leg. The other in the way he is lying, kind of hugging himself.
Little Jack Russell Jasper, age two, has been in his new home for six months. One half of the couple he lives with is off work just now but goes back in a month.
Being left alone terrifies Jasper. (more…)
Poo and peeing indoors.
Invariably during the night, alone downstairs in the kitchen, Meg has diarrhoea. When she is left alone during the day she is likely to do the same.
The challenge here is in separating facts from assumptions.
Meg is a twelve-year-old Dachshund – the longest sausage I have seen! She and her sibling Mini came to live with the couple at eight weeks old and had never been apart. (more…)
It’s not really surprising that newly adopted young greyhound Max panics when left alone.
I’m sure he was a useless racer – good for him because it’s given him such a great reprieve!
A huge change
The two-year-old has spent all his life in kennels. Now he lives in a house with a young couple. It’s quite amazing how well they have done in just six weeks, integrating him into life living with people in a home. For the first weeks he paced and panted, showing anxiety in general as he became acclimatised. Now he has settled down beautifully….
…apart from one thing. (more…)
Hettie is an adorable Cockerpoo puppy, now sixteen weeks old. Why has she lost her puppy joyfulness? For the first four weeks that Hettie was with them (eight to twelve weeks old), she was a typical confident, happy and energetic puppy. She would fly around in puppy joyfulness, grab things Read more…
Yesterday I met Cockerpoo Marnie and Springerpoo (Springerdoodle Sproodle?) Luna. The are adorable friendly and polite little dogs – a real tribute to their owners. They have just moved to a new house with much closer neighbours and have become aware that the dogs cry and bark when left alone. Read more…