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kaitlin4599 04-12-2016 01:42 AM

How to stop my dog from barking when Im gone
i adopted a 2 and a half year old female chihuahua yesterday from a in a facebook pet adoption page. the previous owner said the dog never barked when left alone, yet when i leave the house to check the mail or to go where ever she starts barking. i live in an apartment and cant have her barking like this, any ideas here i mean iv only had her since sunday and have been around her 24/7 since she was dropped off at my place how do i curtale the barking?

from what the owner told me the dog is not a barker and did fine alone, she also told me the dog likes to sleep in a dark place so any ideas

edit when im home she does whine when im in the bathroom with the door shut or when im sitting at my desk not giving her attention so any ideas on the barking

TheDireStrait 04-12-2016 03:33 AM

Almost anyone else on here has had far me experience than me with dogs, but what this sounds like to me is that she's stressed about her new suroundings. You're the only thing she has to latch onto at the moment, so when you leave or are out of sight she gets upset.

The best thing to do is set a firm daily routine so she gets used to her new home. If she likes dark places, I'd put a blanket over her crate (if you have one) so she has a little "den" to sleep in. If you don't have a crate and can't afford one, a pet carrier or even a box should work too. Don't forget to give her exercise so she doesn't get bored! And a puzzle toy can keep her busy when you can't give her your full attention.

If a week goes by and she isn't doing any better, then it probably really is separation anxiety rather than the new situation. Here's an article with detailed steps on how to help desensitize her to you leaving.

kaitlin4599 04-12-2016 03:35 AM

clarify please what you mean by desensitizig her to my leaving

TheDireStrait 04-12-2016 03:44 AM

I edited my comment with a link to a helpful article about it.
"Desensitizing" is basically the process of gradually exposing her to you leaving - eventually it becomes so commonplace that she doesn't care. I went about this with my own puppy by leaving her in my room for a few seconds at a time. Then, when she was fine with that, I left for a few more, then a few mintues, then an hour (at her own pace, of course) and now she doesn't mind if I leave.

kaitlin4599 04-12-2016 03:52 AM

thanks ill read it over in the morning and try it out

Bigboy 04-12-2016 04:05 AM

Hi and welcome :) Did you ask why the previous owner wanted her gone? It sounds like the previous owner never let her out of her sight! Hence no barking, problem solved, well actually no! Whats her name? Like TheDireStraits said you have to get her used to you not being with her 24/7 so in the end she knows if you are in the kitchen for eg I will be back! It will take time for her to get used to the fact that you can't be with her 24/7 but it will happen :) Good Luck and let us know of any progress!!!

kaitlin4599 04-12-2016 04:20 AM

previous owner said she was moving and couldnt take her with her i spoke to the owner via FB for over an hour asking her questions the owner even txted me an hour after dropping off the dog to make sure i was happy with the dog

Bigboy 04-12-2016 09:05 AM

She (does she have a name!!) probably needs something to do when you aren't with her or busy in the house! You could try a small kong with some treats in it. Or a treat ball filled with small breed dog kibble then they have to figure out how to get the food out of the ball! My dog loves it she nudges it with her nose then using her paws she will spin/flip the ball and works out the best way for the treats/food to come out of the small hole :) Keeps her good for a while!!

Dunbar's Mom 04-12-2016 09:33 AM

Welcome to the forum. Both of my dogs were adopted from a rescue shelter and would really prefer to be by our sides 24/7. We have trained them to key phrases where they know we will be back and are not abandoning them. My husband's is "Daddy's going to work" and mine is "Mamma's got to run errands. Won't be gone long." It did take awhile, but the consistent phrases have given them confidence that we are returning. I also use the repetitive phrases during the day such as "have to take the garbage out" , "need to sweep the porch", etc. I never just walk out of the door without saying something to them.

techie 04-12-2016 10:51 AM

Welcome to Dog Forum!
You have only had her 24 hours! try the suggestions in the article. Too bad you couldn't have got her at the beginning of the weekend! Give it some time.

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