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andrewang

Separation Anxiety?

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Hi guys,

Caesar is about 7 months old now and turning into an absolutely gorgeous dog.

Anyway, I have always wondered what Caesar does when alone at home so I set up a camera to record for the whole duration while I'm away.

I left him his Kong Wobbler with his lunch, some of his favourite toys, his bed and free roam to the apartment.

When I returned and went through the video, it was very heartbreaking to see that he spends almost all his time looking out the window waiting for me to come home after he finish his lunch. He'll only leave the window to take a toilet break and go back to the window again. I asked my neighbours to see if he's been barking while I was away but they all said he did not make any noise.

So I was wondering if he has separation anxiety and what I should do to keep him busy while I am away.

Cheers

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Just a thought but if he seems otherwise calm maybe he enjoys looking out the window.

Yep, my toller is like a cat, she looooves to sit and stare out the window for ages, even if we are sitting beside her :laugh:

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Just a thought but if he seems otherwise calm maybe he enjoys looking out the window.

He doesn't really do that when I'm at home. I just thought he might use the alone time to sleep as I brought him out for a free run before I went out.

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Rebanne   

He does not have separation anxiety, he is relaxed and passing the time.

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Cosmolo   

He doesn't do that when you're home because he has other things to do- following you around, playing, watching you etc. When you're not there there is nothing to watch inside so he looks out. Highly unlikely to be separation anxiety.

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My Mums little dog sits and looks out the window all the time, he was doing it today when I was there.

If he isn't distressed it isn't seperation anxiety, just sounds as though he's a bit bored and outside is more interesting than inside.

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Both my 2 do that if they get left at home and indoors! I often come home to see 1 or 2 faces through the curtains that then run to the door once they realise it's my car! I think it's pretty normal.

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Andisa   

I wouldn't worry about him if he is just sitting and waiting. If he was ripping the curtains down and trashing the place then you would have something to worry about.

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mantis   

Separation anxiety, is when you come home to see your bed, or couch, clothes etc torn to pieces. Speaking from experience here. :laugh:

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Scratch   

Congratulations on raising a well adjusted calm puppy who can occupy himself and is happy enough with his own company and does not display dependency issues!

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Alkhe   

I think separation anxiety is one of the most over-diagnosed things out there - it doesn't seem as though Caesear is displaying any kind of anxiety at all, from that description.

My little dog Maggie sits at the baby gate and waits for my fiance to come back if he ever goes out unexpectedly, even if I'm there.

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Looking out the window is a good thing :) He needs to occupy himself somehow .. so he watches things happening .

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corvus   

I think it's UNDER-diagnosed. We only diagnose it when there are seriously obvious signs of distress. In the academic literature, waiting by a window or door is considered related to separation distress (not the same as clinical separation anxiety). What's more, it's entirely possible we only diagnose it in dogs with a proactive coping style, because they are the only ones that actually show the symptoms. For all we know there are dogs out there just as distressed but they show it in much quieter and less troublesome ways so nobody ever knows.

I would consider waiting by a window for long periods of time potentially indicative of low level separation-related distress, although I wouldn't consider it alone something that necessarily needed to be treated if that's what it was. I don't think it serves dogs to assume that they are fine home alone until they start ripping things up, eliminating inside, and provoking neighbour complaints. Personally, I'm under no illusion that my dogs are somehow perfectly happy at home without me when I'm out for the day. The signs are subtle, but they are there if someone cares to look.

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Purdie   

He sounds like a wonderful dog.If he slept all day he would be keeping you awake at night.It's good that he can look out the window and watch the world ;

You are doing a great job raising your dog.

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Hi guys,

Caesar is about 7 months old now and turning into an absolutely gorgeous dog.

Anyway, I have always wondered what Caesar does when alone at home so I set up a camera to record for the whole duration while I'm away.

I left him his Kong Wobbler with his lunch, some of his favourite toys, his bed and free roam to the apartment.

When I returned and went through the video, it was very heartbreaking to see that he spends almost all his time looking out the window waiting for me to come home after he finish his lunch. He'll only leave the window to take a toilet break and go back to the window again. I asked my neighbours to see if he's been barking while I was away but they all said he did not make any noise.

So I was wondering if he has separation anxiety and what I should do to keep him busy while I am away.

Cheers

I would not call this separation anxiety, I would call it love :heart:.

You have a little guy that can't wait to see you as soon as you get home, lucky you!

On another note, have you recorded him for more than one day? Maybe there was something REALLY interesting out the window that day, so he wanted to watch it all unfold. Maybe if you recorded him tomorrow he would be doing something else.......Sleeping, reading the paper, looking through your stuff :laugh:

KP.

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