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    Help please! We just picked up Boo (5yo male) on Sunday. He is known to my partner but he is new to me. I unexpectedly have to start a new job this Thursday. Apparently Boo barks while we're not home - because he is used to having animal company? I can't let this go as I live in a building and the neighbours complained. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Going to work on the warm up with gradually longer alone times and leaving the radio on. I've only got 2 more days though. Boo has been through a lot lately and I don't want it to get any more stressful then it already has been. Thank you, in advance!

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    Geez I wish I had some ideas for you... Hopefully someone else has had this problem and has some ideas. Only thing I can think of is a thunder shirt or something like that. Maybe rescue remedy would work also.


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    Walley-Bubba sometimes howls when I leave without saying goodbye properly.
    That and he clings to a leg or two and won't let go.
    He's OK if I say goodbye properly though.
    And leave the TV on CMT playing country music.

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    When we leave home we give our boys a high value treat a stuffed frozen kong. They only get this treat when we leave for work or errand. They pay absolutely no attention to us because they are so busy with the stuffed kong. We do leave the TV on (food network my lab barks at the tv if he see another dog). You can also maybe hire a dog walker or friend to stop by to give him a potty break and walk. Or doggy day care (great for socializing) they a out for 2 days after.

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    One thing you can try to do is give him a good treat, and leave for a few minutes. Then return, and leave again slowly increasing the amount of time you are gone. This way the pup will learn you might leave but will return and lessen the anxiety. But that takes time n you said you only had a couple days. Having someone stop by and take them out or the doggie day care could really help as well
    Last edited by Lisabear123; 07-29-2013 at 11:08 PM.

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    Default Re: barking while we're away

    As others said... try t-shirts or towels with your scent on them... bones, favorite toys. Also, Lisabear123 gave great advice.

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