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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.

Karen

  

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.

Karen

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

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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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The cone is off, and the first thing Asher did is pull off one of his scabs, leaving a sore tender spot. I have some of the pain relied Neosporin to help a bit, but I still have to be careful not to touch it. 

And my hunch was right. He’s calmer without the cone on. He’s barking less and is generally less jumpy. That thing must have been a major annoyance. He came to work with me again today, and was begging everybody for attention. He got petted, he sat in laps, he threw his stuffed squirrel all around the office, he chased a tangerine. Good times.

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He looks great!! Yes, that’s pretty common for them to go after those itchy scabs that have been driving them nutty!!!

He’s such a handsome boy, omd what a heart melter 💕💖💕

Yay for calming down! You have opened his new world up to him. The cones are a pain but so necessary. I couldn’t cone Huck so we spent 2 weeks trying to stop him from removing staples and then back for restaple when he pushed it too far. 

I love it… chasing tangerines!

That’s for the wonderful pupdate, you made my morning!

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Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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Awww smooch smooch to Asher! 

Good for you for sticking with the cone the entire time it was recommended. At least he only took the scab off and not a suture. 

He does look relieved though. What a lucky boy to get to work with you!

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Awww smooch smooch to Asher! 

Good for you for sticking with the cone the entire time it was recommended. At least he only took the scab off and not a suture. 

He does look relieved though. What a lucky boy to get to work with you!

  

I was too afraid to take the cone off. I let him have it off very briefly once, but I was able to watch him like a hawk. I’ve heard too many horror stories about dogs pulling out their sutures.

I love having him at work with me. I’m a counselor in a residential setting, and a lot of my clients like having him there too. A few have come into the office just to see Asher. I’m going to spin his amputation into an inspirational thing, declare him the office mascot, and have him recognized as an essential part of the team. I’ll just be pissed if he makes employee of the month before I do.

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(The name tag says “Asherton Eugene Vincent von Tripod III, Esq.”  The other side just says “Asher” and has my phone number.)

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Oh my, what a mouthful!! 🤣🤣🤣  I love it!  Oh Asher, you are going to have a wonderful life.. I can see it nowheart

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Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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Well, you may  have a chance at getting Employee of the Month before Asher, but that would only be because  it could take awhile to make a sign large enough to fit his full name!!

Asherton Eugene Vincent von Tripod III, Esq., you are absolutely  the xutest pupper ever!!!   You are going to continue  to melt hearts and to inspire everyone  you meet💖   

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I’m so proud of my little dog, I’m just going to keep blathering on about him. He’s going up and down the stairs on his own. He still prefers to be picked up and put on my bed (and won’t use the pet stairs), but he’s made two unassisted jumps onto it by himself (one with a running start). He’s healing up great, and doesn’t freak out when I accidentally touch the site. There are no more scabs for him to pull off, just a pink scar.

I think the Webmaster harness was more than he needed, and it’s a pain to get on him, so I’m just going to get him a Truelove harness like I had for my last dog. His full puppy energy is coming out. He races around the house, dances around when he’s excited, and will stand on his hind leg to beg if he has something to rest his front paws against.

He’s acting like a normal dog, and it’s only been three weeks since his surgery. Oh, and my vet’s office named him their Dog of the Month for February, so he gets a writeup on their website and their social media. The little dude is already famous.

Here he is with his tangerine. I need to get the video of him throwing and chasing it around the office.

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Oh Asher, you are a star! I am so happy for you guys! It is wonderful to hear from you, you go ahead and brag about him all you want anytime you want to! Matter of fact, have you considered starting a blog in here for him? With pictures, of course! 

It is so uplifting to hear your story about how he was adopted and how far he has come in such a brief time. He is young and full of energy and love heart

I could also recommend going to the resource part of this site so that you can learn about core strengthening exercises for him. He is so smart, it sounds like it would be fun games for you and he to work on to keep him strong and well balanced on three. 

Looking forward to your video clap

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