Gracie suffers from real anxiety when we are gone. She is reluctant to go in the kennel…she pouts or hides when the time comes. She can tell by how I get ready and what clothes I have on that I am going somewhere and immediately starts stressing. She sits by me…won’t leave my side…then once I grab my coat to go out the door, I have trouble finding her.
We have tried and tried to ease her anxiety but nothing works.
I am guessing that some of her anxiety has something to do with what happened in her life before she came to us. Gracie was five when we got her so lots of bad habits and stress was sure to have been in her life before us.
We have tried leaving her out and about in the house when we are gone but she tips over the garbage, scratches the doors and is just not happy then either.
Last week hubby and I were gone for an afternoon. I had left a towel near the kennel. While we were gone, she pulled a new over sized towel that was near her kennel into the kennel through the grate and shredded it.
The picture doesn’t show the damage very well. Let me say, the towel is not usable. We came home late and let her out of the kennel and didn’t notice what had happened until the next day. When we showed her the towel. She immediately got the “I’m in trouble look”, and voluntarily put herself in the kennel.
If anyone has suggestions or tips on helping Gracie deal with us being gone, please pass on the advice. She is horrible when we get home too. For the first 10 minutes she howls and barks. She jumps and whines. She runs back and forth to each of us sniffing and being obnoxious. I just hate it. We try ignoring her. We try letting her outside. We have tried giving her lots of attention. Nothing calms her down…
Thankfully her good aspects far outreach these manageable bumps.
Oh Gracie…it’s always something with you.