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Old 01-29-2013, 03:47 AM
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Tonka screams and cries when he can see me but can't get to me and when I leave his sight to go to the bathroom or take a shower. Have I made him this way by letting him sleep in the bed with me the first night I got him and always taking him with me everywhere?


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Old 01-29-2013, 11:23 AM
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My lolly cries when I leave her, usually my mum will pick her up if she's like this lol cuz I'm usually just outside or go get the mail..she also does when it's bed time n wants up on my bed.


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Old 01-29-2013, 03:09 PM
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My lolly cries when I leave her, usually my mum will pick her up if she's like this lol cuz I'm usually just outside or go get the mail..she also does when it's bed time n wants up on my bed.


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See Tonka is the same.


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It is normal for a chi to want to be with you, it is a sign of his lack of confidence that he panics if he can't be. Harley sleeps in my bed, and he follows me everywhere. When I am in the bathroom he curls up by the door.
Is Tonka a puppy still? You have to train them to be left, and it is much harder for some dogs. Is he crate trained? This makes it easier as he has his safe haven when you are not there. Start by leaving him in his crate and going out of the room. DO NOT go back in if he is screaming. When he is quiet you can go to him and praise him for being good. Gradually increase the time he is alone, and come and go a few times.
Teaching him to be alone is absolutely necessary for his long-term happiness. If he cannot settle without you he will be miserable every time you leave him, and what about if he ever has to go to the vet, or stay in kennels etc, so you will be doing a good thing teaching him to be confident when alone now.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:29 PM
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This is really 'demand' barking rather than true separation anxiety I think. True S.A. is when a dog 'panics' when he is alone. He/she can get so upset that they can break windows, injure themselves in a crate, destroy room/s, etc. A very serious thing and hard to deal with.

I think this post describes a baby that is testing its 'parents'. I WANNA BE WITH YOOU! DON'T LEAVE ME, I'M GONNA DIE! Leave them cry it out, if you want to raise a puppy that you can leave safely in a pen or crate.
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^^ what Stella said! ^^

In the evenings, when we were watching television, whenever the ad break came on, i would leave the room for the whole 2/3 mins and shut the door. Potter about, make a cuppa etc, then go back in the room, all the time ignoring the crying.

She eventually got used to being left alone, as she knew i would always come back. Gradually i then increased the time she was left alone, she now has no issues.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:28 PM
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I've been crate training him. The only place I feed him is in the crate so he knows it's a safe place. He sleeps in there as well. But I guess like any baby he does cry every once in a while to go potty when he's in there. He doesn't go insane and try to break out of a room. He just looks at me crying. I don't get him out of the crate until he stops crying. But he's just so tiny and cute so I've started allowing him to go in the bathroom with me to give him peace of mind that I havnt actually left. Attachment 12394
I took this picture last night haha. He looked like he was in jail.


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He is so cute. Just stay strong and remember you are doing it for his own good. He will learn very quickly, Chihuahuas are a very intelligent breed.
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