Dealing With a Pet's Separation Anxiety
Apparently I have a knack for making dogs so attached that they end up with separation anxiety when I leave home.
It was such a long day at work, I could not wait to get home and see my babies!! I opened the door and the wonderful greeting of wagging tails was taken away by the big pile of dirt behind them.
Upon closer inspection, I USED to have a potted plant with about 5 pounds of dirt in it. The dirt now was all over the floor, and the pot was completely disassembled. The long work day just became a long work night.
My first thought is to yell at Grayson, but let's be honest, I wasn't there when it happened, and Kaiah could have joined in all this fun, too.
If this were just a single episode, I would move on. However, it is just one of many. I know, right now you are asking...Many? Well, let me give you some background.
When I first had Kaiah, she became so attached that she ended up with separation anxiety, but she only chose certain things to tear up. Expensive things, but just a couple, such as a shoe, or she would chew my bra right in half! She would do it so delicately, you wouldn't know it was torn until you picked it up and one half stayed where it was lying.
She started to settle down, and now I have Grayson. At first, things were not so bad, but apparently I have a knack for making dogs so attached that they end up with separation anxiety when I leave home.
One day I came home and knew it was not going to be good when I walked in because I walked by the window, and the aluminum blinds were bent, and torn up.
Everyone asks how I know it is Grayson tearing these things up, and all I can say is that I cannot say for sure that it is him, except, Kaiah never tore up the things that are being destroyed. Not to mention the fact that the teeth mark in all the items is huge! Kaiah's teeth are half the size of Grayson's.
You may be wondering what else he has torn up; allow me to give you a quick list.
Three pair of scissors, books, photo albums, a scrub brush that was actually in the sink, a loaf of bread, shoes. He also actually pulled a case of beer out of the closet one time.
Grayson has been with me for nine months, and I am finally at the end of the rope, ready to jump. First, let me be clear, I will never give my baby up for his bad behavior. This is a lifetime commitment, and I need to learn how to communicate with him.
I have decided to get in touch with a trainer. So, Grayson and Kaiah will start training next week with Lisa Skidd, 727-420-0355 Www.LearnWithJenza.com.
I have to be honest, I cannot wait! Of course, I will be giving you updates of their progress. I am sure I am not the only one dealing with these issues, so let's hope Lisa can help us out. After all...
pot for plant = $15
dirt = $5
scrub brush = $3
scissors x3 = $18
blinds = $40
shoes = $40
Love for Grayson = PRICELESS!