I have a 2 y/o female Pom. She is very attached to me and becomes really upset when I leave/ depressed when gone for extended absences (I live overseas and travel a bit). To make things worse, she was abducted from our fenced back yard last May and was retrieved after 3 months of attention deprivation (she was held on a leash in a garage to be used for puppy breeding only. She was fed and exercised, but I doubt that she received anything other than negative attention.) How can I help her to be okay with being left for short periods? I have a housekeeper who is here 24/7 when I travel, but she still cries and doesn't eat well in my absence. She is wherever I am when I am home. What to do?
Try shutting doors and asking other family members to entertain your dog in order to help distract her from following you around. It may help to place an item of your clothing on your pets bed when you are gone. Practice leaving for short periods of time ( 1 hr )and ignore your pet for about 20 min before and after you leave. Do not greet until your pet has calmed down. Talk to your vet about Clomicalm. This is an anti-anxiety medication used for separation anxiety. vetcare