|Barked: Sun Apr 22, '12 9:25pm PST |
|I would really recommend not letting him sleep with you guys. Having him sleep in his own crate its a step to help him become independent.
I've also read up that Separation Anxiety is very common in this breed and I'm dealing with the same dilemma with my puppy Kairi (about 3 1/2 months old too). But she's at the point where I can tell her to go to sleep and she will go to her crate. My boyfriend and I both work 8-5 Monday-Friday and she does whine and cry when we leave. She's not as bad as she was before has gotten a lot better.
Start off by leaving the room for short periods of time, where he can't see the both of you. Start off with 10 minutes, increase it to 30, and then an hour. When you leave, he thinks its the end of the world and you are never coming back. But by doing this, you are reassuring him that you are coming back. Do this often when you both are home. Also even when you are home and around him, put him in his crate for 10 minutes, 30, an hour while you are still in his line of sight. This will encourage him that crate is a safe relaxing place.
Also, you need to socialize him as much as possible. Introduce him to as many people as you can but not in huge crowds. Kairi is still unsure about people with hats so thats one thing we are still working on.
Also, puppy classes are the best thing you can do for your dog. If you live in Southern California(Orange County), I can recommend a good Dog Training and Boarding group. I paid $499 for Unlimited Training classes for 2 years, well worth it.
Also, most Petcos, from 11am to 12pm on Saturday and Sundays, have a free socialization classes you can sign up for. Call and see if your local Petcos are offering this.
It will be tough, but you need to be consistent for any of these tips to work.
Edited by author Sun Apr 22, '12 9:32pm PST
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