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Got a Tripod from the shelter, need some more advice.
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The book is “Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs” by Malena DeMartini-Price.

I downloaded it to my iPad and I have a hard copy somewhere.  The trainer who recommended the book to me said that Malena is considered a West Coast Sep Anx ‘guru’ who deals only with Sep Anx.  I was also told that she does some phone consults but I never took advantage of that.

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Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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The book is “Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs” by Malena DeMartini-Price.

I downloaded it to my iPad and I have a hard copy somewhere.  The trainer who recommended the book to me said that Malena is considered a West Coast Sep Anx ‘guru’ who deals only with Sep Anx.  I was also told that she does some phone consults but I never took advantage of that.

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Cool! Definitely going to check that out.

Right now, going out with me seems less stressful that being at home alone, so we’re doing that whenever possible.  We went to the vet, even though I only had to pick up his Trazodone, and then to Mud Bay to look for a coat. He loved it. The vet staff gave him treats, the Mud Bay staff gave him treats, and he did much better with his barking.

I’m totally on board with the sedative now. He heard a noise, jumped off my bed without warning, and yelped when he landed. Everything looks okay, but I don’t want a repeat.

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If you haven’t (I am sure you have had little time) read Karen’s blog, then please do. She has worked miracles with her pup.. not even kidding. It will lift your heart and make you believe heart

You have gotten the best advice and guidance. My work with separation anxiety is only through what I learned working with veterinarians. I can give thoughts, but Karen has walked the walk. 

You are going to be just fine. And as you have said, you are only a few days into this. Your pup is newly adopted, that is enough to make anypawdy anxious, lol. Then you have the surgery… another mind blower. You may find as the recovery continues that he calms down nicely once he isn’t on all kinds of painkillers (which are GOOD for him right now 😉 ) 

You are really doing a wonderful job, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. You have fantastic insight and tons of love coupled with good common sense. Its like seeds in a garden, it will all grow and flourish.

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Right now, going out with me seems less stressful that being at home alone

I think that’s a good thing at this point, he is dealing with two huge changes in his life right now and he needs time to get comfortable with both. And it’s a great chance to help him build his confidence by having good experiences with you out in the world. 

Stay patient and positive with him.  Hopefully his Sep Anx will resolve more easily than Elly’s.  It’s really cool that you can take him to work at least sometimes.

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Asher is mellowing out a bit. He’s been to work with me a few more times, met my coworker’s dog, and had his stitches removed. He still has to wear the cone until next Monday, and I’m wondering if he’ll be less jumpy and barky once he gets that off. I know wearing that thing 24 hours a day would make me irritable as all hell. I’d be yelling at people for no reason, too.

So far, so good.

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Oh my, look at that handsome face!!!  He is smoochable! That is really wonderful news!  There have been so many changes so quickly, I am thrilled that you are already seeing him start to chill out. So we have a countdown to freedom, T- 5 and counting!! (I can only imagine gaining his peripheral vision back as a plus smiley)  You guys are rocking this!!  Keep up the pawsome work!

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WHAT A CUTIE!  I may have greyhounds but I love terriers.  I had cairns and scotties before I got greyhounds.  

So one of the things you need to work on is breaking down your “I’m going away routines.”  Grab your keys when you go to bed.  Carry your purse and jacket around the house.  Anything you do as a ritual for going out needs to stop.  My keys cause some of the worst anxiety for my dogs so the keys have to go all over with me until they have no meaning.  Much harder to do than say.

Snuffle mats, stuffed kongs, and other forms of environmental enrichment are going to help but aren’t a magic cure.  An anxious dog won’t care about food.  They’re just a reward once the anxiety comes down a notch.  

You’re on the right track with leaving for a minute and then coming back.  Work up to 15 minutes.  Normally 15 minutes is the magic number unless your dog is above average smart.  😀  NOW the hard part.  Don’t acknowledge the happy dance reunion.  You may be able to eventually but don’t pet him until he gets his emotions under control and can go lay down or at least not jump on you.  THEN shower him with affection.  The happy reunion has to be under control and led by you.  It can’t be frantic and immediate cause then you’re agreeing that life is REALLY HORRIBLE AND SCARY when you’re not together.  Put your things away, go sit down, call him over, and then get happy, tell him how brave he is and what an amazing protector of the house he is.  

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