- Paperback: 38 pages
- Publisher: McConnell Publishing; 1st edition (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891767054
- ISBN-13: 978-1891767050
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 199 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'll be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety. Paperback – June 1, 2000
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"This little booklet saved both my life and the life of my Weimaraner, Misty. Misty's separation anxiety was so serious that she went through a glass window, badly lacerating herself in the process." --Sharon Stern and Misty the Weimaraner
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Learn how to love your dogs without spoiling them and provide boundaries without intimidation. This booklet clarifies how to be a benevolent leader and avoid aggression related to fear or dominance. If you want to be a natural leader to your pack, this book tells you how to do it in a peaceful, kind way. The ideas and exercises in this booklet are based on the way dogs communicate with each other, so they are highly effective and easy for your dog to understand. An essential part of any canine library! Would make an excellent hand-out in classes, for vet offices, or humane societies!
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1. Make your comings and goings uneventful and routine. Commit to practicing leaving the house for intervals of 5, 10, 30, 60 SECONDS (yes, that's right, seconds) until you are working up to 2 hours successfully. The research is right - if you can get up to 2 hours successfully alone, you are on your way.
2. Give your pup extra special treats when you are leaving the house. Frozen kong stuffed with salmon treats and banana, and a hollowed out bone filled with wet dog food and frozen worked well for us. She only gets this when I leave the house and we finally have the reaction the research said to look for - "they will be happy for you to leave because they know they are getting their special treat". This only works for food motivated dogs however.
3. For shelter dogs, think twice about crate training. It does not work for every dog. Mine chewed through (yes, that's right, THROUGH) three crates, and one was wrought iron. Yes, she is a pit so she has the jaws of life (not to be confused with lock jaw, which is a myth - do your research badrap.org). If I ever get caught in a bad car wreck she's my gal. Some dogs are happier out of a crate, but they need to be slowly entrusted with that responsibility. We ended up going this route and I purchased locks for all doors outside living area (because yes, she can open doors too - told you she was smart), so she is confined to only a few rooms in the house.
4. Get a dog walker you trust. Leaving a dog with separation anxiety home for 8-10 hours at a time initially is only going to drive you both insane.
5. (I came up with this one on my own) If you have a home phone, try calling your cell phone from you home phone and leaving it on speaker as you leave the house. This gives you a long-range two-way radio of sorts to listen to your pooch from miles away (I used to listen to her and talk to her/soothe on the way in to work). This is really only good for knowing what's going on at home while you aren't there for the time you listen. I learned that A) it will not fix the problem, and B) you have no idea what happens once you hang up. Other people recommended video feed/Skype/motion-activated video cameras. I was too cheap and not tech-saavy enough to try those options.
Whatever you do, please put in the EFFORT for your pup and don't take the dog back to the shelter/breeder/store. I've seen this happen too many times and the dog doesn't know what they did wrong. These dogs can be fixed without medication (I considered it, but felt I owed it to her to try everything else first before medicating her. If you do want to explore meds, the book gives a very in depth coverage of what's available, but also speak to your vet.). Owning a dog is a responsibility - step up to the plate and give them the best life possible! This book will help you do that.