Thursday, November 20, 2014


Thanks for the Welcome wishes to Oreo. We are having a few issues that I could use some help with. We just got Oreo last Sunday and he was with his family for 5 yrs. He is a pretty good dog and he likes to be with me wherever I go. My problem is.......when I leave to go to work or anywhere he barks the whole time Im gone. It is going to be a problem if I cant find a way to get him to stop because my husband works nights and needs to sleep during the daytime. Wed he barked the whole 6 hrs that I was gone.
I have been leaving him with his food, bones and toys but didnt work.
I tried giving him a treat and telling him I would be home pretty soon.
Do any of you have any advice?


  1. Mom Kim here - since I didn't have a chance for this yesterday, first I want to say, WELCOME TO BLOGVILLE OREO! You landed in a great family who are willing to work with you. That being said dear Oreo, you have to work with them too. Now then, my only suggestion - what about a treat ball? Maybe start using that for feeding if you feed kibble or fill it with a few small treats. I have not had that problem so not sure what else to do. Sounds like he may have a little separation anxiety maybe so maybe a talk with your vet would help..

  2. By the wat - LOVE your header - very fitting. A few years ago when I had a YorkiPoo, I got him as a puppie and he was all black except for a small white spot on his chest - he was my little Oreo.

  3. Goodness Oreo! You're gonna hurt your little barker if you keep talking all day long. We know you're with a new family now and we think that maybe the transition is a little overwhelming at the moment. Were you a barker before? Perhaps you're scared at the moment because of the big move to your new home.

    We don't have any suggestions because we're Doxie's and we bark all the time!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  4. I'd try playing with him right before you leave - it might wear him out so he'll sleep and not bark. Or givin him a toy where he has to work for the treats - something to really keep him busy.

  5. Howdy Oreo. Nice to meet ya mate. Sorry we're behind and confused hehe. We agree with a possible treat ball (kong) filled with nibbles and frozen yoghart which might keep you quiet for a while. It takes time to adjust to a new home for sure but soon you will realise what a grreat place it is and settle into the new routines. Can you sleep in with your dad while mum is at work? Take care little mate. No worries and love, Stella and Rory

  6. That actually is why mom got me my first angel brudder Sammy so I wouldn't be so anxious when hers went to work, also can you take him for a long walk to wear him out before you go to work, and can he sleeps wif his dad....stella rose

  7. We think he is just insecure. This is still a big change for him! Maybe you should take a little fleece blanket and rub it all over you so it is covered in your scent and see if that helps him. Since you didn't go to work until Tuesday it is still very early so the next few days might bring improvement. And of course maybe having a furiend for him might not be a bad idea either!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  8. If he did not have this behavior at his previous home, it would definitely sound like insecurity and separation anxiety due to the change.He seems to have bonded to you as his security. Has he bonded with Dad at all? and is he aware that Dad is there with him and he is not alone. Pet stores carry some natural anxiety stuff you might be able to give him to ease the transition. Hopefully he will get adjusted and soon feel right at home.

  9. Yikes. Things were know worked for friends-- Possiblly leave him with the TV or radio on, a chew toy/bone. Also step out for 5. The second he starts run back in and say no. When you leave or arrive at home, do not acknowledge him for at least 1 minute. Good luck
    Lily & Edward

  10. I'm going to get in trouble for saying this.
    But could Oreo just sleep in the bed with Dad or maybe on a blanket by dad. Ok now don't shoot me. I still stick my head out the mini blinds and bend them when no one is home.

    xo Cinnamon

  11. Well...we don't have a clue....but I would like to have him here to help ME bark at stuff....Bites don't get real excited like ME.

    Da Sus

  12. Put him in bed with dad or try what Murphy suggested.

    Aroo to you,

  13. Sure sounds like you gots some good advice there! I say try it all one by one and see what works. And hopes your Hubby doesn't go stark ravin' mad before then! BOL
    Hey, if he needs a margarita.....
    Ruby ♥

  14. All of these suggestions sound good...we were thinking the same thing...perhaps he could sleep with Dad? Chloe and LadyBug are so incredibly bonded...they can't be separated...LadyBug would bark herself silly! It does help leaving the radio playing though...Come to think of it...Ruby's suggestion...perhaps Oreo should have the Margarita....BOL!!! xo Chloe and LadyBug

  15. Do you think it's a security thing ?
    When friends of Mum's had the same problem the dog psychologist suggested getting a routine every time they left the house which involved a plant pot. They had to show the pot to the dog, then put it on the counter as they left. When they came home, they had to ignore the dog at first, go to the plant pot and put it away, then fuss the dog. No idea why but it did work !
    Maybe a chat to you Vet for ideas ?
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  16. It looks like you're getting lots of great suggestions. We don't have a clue about separation anxiety but we hope Oreo feels less stressed about your not being there soon.

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  17. Hey Oreo!
    Wow, I think the bestest suggestion here out of all of these is for you to bond a little with your new Dad! Then you'd know you aren't alone...snuggle right up to him.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

  18. Looks like you have tons of good ideas, we hope Oreo settles in quickly!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  19. Crikey ...... poor you, Oreo. You'll settle..... ONE DAY!!!! I've lived with my Mum and Dad for 1 and a half years now. I'm an EXPERT on separation anxiety!! You only bark, Oreo?? Now here's a tip mate!! I didn't bark ... but I howled AND I got caught up in the blinds and I did window art and I ate EVERYTHING I could find. Pillows, cushions, curtains were my speciality. I would throw myself into the window that was the closest window to where Mum and Dad left the house. You can sure hurt yourself doing that, aye? Now when they leave me I get locked in my crate. I used to eat my bed but just lately I've become resigned to the fact that doesn't do me any good so I just wait patiently for them to return. I do get a frozen kong when they go. I started doing 15 minutes at a time. I could eat my bed in 15 minutes. Pretty impressive, aye?? I'm up to 2 hours now and I don't eat my bed anymore. Just my kong. See ..... told you I was an expert!! I think you got some real good advice already so I'd listen to the others if I were you. Not sure that I'm the best person to talk to even though I'm such an expert.

  20. I was rehomed four times before I finally got into my forever home but when I was adopted two weeks before I turned five years old, the move was terrible for me and I had separation anxiety really bad. I cried and cried and would go running through the house looking for my new human momma. Momma said the first two weeks were the worst and that she actually thought she had made a mistake with adopting me (can you believe that?) Anyhow, the humans did obedience training, gave me lots of attention and Coco Rose, the three year old Shih Tzu who had been an only Princess of the family took a real liking to me and helped me learn the ropes.

    I suggest your daddy get some noise blocking "White noise" such as water falls, rain and other soothing sounds to help him sleep while you try to adjust to your new surroundings. If daddy can't sleep he might get grumpy and that can be a real bad thing.