My therapist Mike came for a recheck a few days ago. He said that I am making progress. Ive been here about a month already BOY!! Time sure flies!! He said it takes time to get over the separation anxiety. When they leave, they leave me in my kennel with my Kong and covered with a sheet. This has helped with my barking. I've never been in a kennel before so I have had to learn about it. The goal is to have me out in the Lr/Dr room while they are gone with no barking but it will take awhile.
I have routines for getting my food, and I am allowed on the couch, only if I'm invited, so that when company comes over then I'm not jumping all over them on the couch. But do you think that I am ever NOT invited on the couch, Im sure you know my mom through Jazzi!!
She has been able to stop my barking outside like crazy. She did that in about 1 day. I make a couple small barks and she can live with that. She said she wish that she knew this stuff with Jazzi. Want to know her secret? Mike had her get a medium tin can with a lid, put some coins in it and when I would bark outside she reached out and shook the can. I hate the sound of it so I stopped barking.
My mom is a pushover but Mike told her that us dogs are happier when we know who is in control and when we are treated properly and that we know the rules of the house and I'm happy just not when they leave to go to work. When Mike was there working with me, I was doing just what he told me cuz he has a firm voice. Then Mom would try it and I am like yah right!! She is talking all nicey nice to me and Mike says Be firm, be firm. Her firm was still nice BOL Then Dad says.....Talk like you would to his Ex girlfriend from before they were married!! That did the trick BOL
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