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    Smile Door Scratching

    I have a little Westiepoo that doesn't like me leaving the house without her. She has a terrible habit of scratching the door when we leave. How can I get her to stop. We have already replaced one door. Help!
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    You could crate her when you are gone. If that is not an option maybe you could leave her with some food puzzle toys, like a kong filled with little treats. she would have to spend time rolling it around to get the treats out, or filled with peanut butter, or a nice knucke bone to chew on. something for he to do to take her mind off you leaving.





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    Hi, my dog use to do the same he would get anxiety if he sees me leave. Now I leave Max. cocker spaniel, in my bedroom with the radio on. I have some toys and 2 kongs filled with treats. Before I leave the house I place him in the room 15-20 minutes before either to see if he is ok and most of the time he will fall asleep. In front of the door I have a big empty box so that I am sure he will not scratch the door. Gingerbred is right by leaving treats especially with peanut butter they love it. Sometime I would take some treats and put peanut butter on it and place it in the freezer for a few hours. When I leave it takes longer for the dog to chew it and it keeps them busy. I cannot say bye to him or have a jacket on or purse or anything that looks like I am leaving or else he will not stay at all. My problem is that he can stay alone in the daytime but my husband has to leave before me at least more than a 20 minutes since we cannot leave at the same time. At night I cannot do that especially when my husband is home. I was wondering if there are any tricks I can do? Thanks for reading my post and have a nice day :-)





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    Hello Susan, I think your dog has separation anxiety. Dogs develop this kind of disorder primarily because they think that they're the pack leader. In a pack the leader will be the one to go out
    while his followers simply stay or would follow him. In this case your dog may be thinking "hey! I'm the master here where do you think you're going".




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    First..you have to establish yourself as the "Alpha". Here is a little exercise that you might try.

    Get your purse or bag and walk toward the door, but instead of actually going out the door, pick up a magazine and sit down and look through it.
    Then get up and go outside for just a few short minutes so he knows you will return. Do this for a little while and gradually increase your time away.
    However, when you do come back in, ignore him for a few seconds until he is calm as he will be excited that you are home.

    Let me know how it goes. Just be patient.





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    hello moving this topic to a more suitable category, hope you don't mind




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