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Old 12-06-2015, 06:10 PM
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I'm really thankful my pup is eating after coming into my home. It was my fear that he will have a bit of anxiety and lose appetite after I took him from his brothers and sisters.
He's 8 weeks old and he won't eat without me being near the bowl. I don't leave the room when he's eating. I usually just cook myself some food or catch up on emails so I'm not far from him.
I was wondering if there is anything to make him get use to me just being in the room rather than hovering around his bowl?

Also it's nice that he follows me around and sits near me but I don't want him to suffer from separation anxiety when I leave the house. I do not make a fuss when I leave. So any advice on that is appreciated

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He probably just needs some time to adjust, he's a young baby who isn't used to being alone, ever. I'm sure he'll grow out of it quickly enough once he's settled in with you.
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Thank you!
I am probably paranoid about it because don't want it to be worse in the long run.
He's like a sponge! Constantly learning and it's so intriguing.
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Start now with the short time alone. Just a few minutes at a time. Don't make a 'deal' out of it. Just say "I'll be back" and go. When you come back, again no big deal, just a 'hi there" or something like that.
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The other thing you can do is get a kong and give it to your pup as you leave. You can stuff it. Give the kong ONLY when you leave. You can have multiples around the house.
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Old 12-07-2015, 06:41 PM
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He's very young so it's normal he wants to know where you are all the time. The thing to watch for is not all dogs will grow out of it. At least mine is 7 months and still sometimes won't eat when I'm out of the room. We had to practice that, and I can't make a big deal when he eats. If I start to pet him and then I stop he won't eat anymore.
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Being alone is not normal for dogs, especially young puppies, and Chis have been bred to be companions so the desire to be with their humans is very strong. You have to teach them how to be independant. Each time you come back you are showing him that being apart is fine you will always return. Only come back into the room when he is calm and quiet, so you aren't accidentally rewarding crying or fretting.
8 weeks is very young, he will be more confident when he has settled in.
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After all the abuse she suffered it took Pearl about 2 yrs. before I was allowed out of her sight without her displaying terrible anxiety. When I had to go out and leave her home I put her in a cozy crate with a pillow bottom and a soft blanket along with something to chew on and two toys which she never touched. I just let her be herself and work it all out on her own. She pined but eventually got through it in her own time. She's now a very happy and well adjusted service dog.
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