|Barked: Sat Feb 23, '08 12:51pm PST |
|Absolutely, all those changes can be factors in Roxy's new behavior.
Do you practice NILIF (Nothing In Life Is Free)? NILIF is fantastic for the emotional well-being of every dog, and in your case it may help keep Roxy feeling secure. Is your husband a leader type? It is worrysome to have your pack leader disappear. Now it's your turn to take charge of the pack, mom.
Make it a point not to give in to Roxy's whining and coddle her. This can reinforce the worried feelings in Roxy, making it worse instead of better.
When nothing is really the matter, demonstrate your calm and nonchalant attitude and the dog will pick up on it. If you have to, ignore her until she stops -- put on your mental earplugs, because it will escalate before the behavior extinguishes. When Roxy is calm, quiet, and confident/content, make it a point to give her extra affection.
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