Breaking routines

@taface412 (3177)
United States
July 6, 2008 10:48am CST
Yesterday was my day out with my mom, we decided since I barely ever get to spend time from work either at work or working at home that Saturday's are her day to go do something. Well, we went to town and when we got back home my dad wasn't well and wanted to go to the ER. SO I went with him....needless to say he was alright just an infection a Antibiotic can clear up...well when I got home my dogs started barking crazy at me. And they woudl not calm down until I gave them some treats and pet them a little. I have four dogs so imagine what that sounded like. I know my dogs take a little while gettting used to new routines but the one dog I do keep in the house she was wound up for hours acting hyper because she hadn't seen me all day long. Finally she calmed down. But I was wondering when you break your routines do your dogs react the same way? They remind of me of little kids when they act like this. Kinda like seperation anxiety.
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7 responses
• United States
6 Jul 08
Thats exactly what it is too Taface, separation anxiety. My dog of 10 years has to be chained to her bed when we leave as she will still tear up the household when we leave her alone. She started this when she was about 6 weeks old. We have had her since she was a tiny little thing. She is a Jack Russell, anyway she will rip up TP newspaper books magazines, trash anything she can get her little teeth into. While we are home she is just fine and very well behaved, but do not walk out the door before leashing her to her bed.
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I understand that....I did that once with my girl dog who is quite hyper....and bigger than a Jack Russell...well she moved my bed, tore my carpet, and gouged the fram around my door, not to mention left chain marks on my bed posts.....quite a strong wiled girl I got. Now I chain her to the tree or the porch (in case it rains) but no matter what she finds a way to ge tangled up. LOL Thanks for responding.
• United States
6 Jul 08
Yes dogs get separation anxiety; my dogs are nuts if I'm home late from work. Another biggie is vacations. We stopped boarding our dogs because they would get totally nuts. We keep them at home in their environment and have friends come over to put them out and feed them. When we get home they go nuts and then ignore us for days because they are mad that we left them.
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I know I am worried about that when I go out of town, and I know when they bark at me (a certain bark) they are scolding me for ignoring them for the day.
• Philippines
7 Jul 08
I don't have dogs just a cat and I don't like breaking my routine. Once I break them after everything just goes crazy. I forget things so I try my best to get everything done as it is planned or else it will all be ruined. And a day ruined is a day wasted so I don't want that at all.
@sunname (101)
• China
7 Jul 08
yesterday, I went shopping ,ya, sunday is my day to do something ,I went to the book store first ,then ate, then went shopping
@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Jul 08
exactly seperation anxiety they do act like little kidswhen you break their routine but it usually does not take too 'long to get backinto the same safe routine and they will 'once again be sweet adorable pets.
• United States
6 Jul 08
I don't have any pooches but I have kids and they get grumpy or out of sorts when they get off schedule. I guess its good to know that you're missed plus they can sense when things are going goofy with you too.
• United States
6 Jul 08
Exactly like seperation anxiety. dogs, like babies and small kids, are calmed by routine. Having thme on schedules makes for calmer pets! Give it a little time usually, though, and they get rihgt back to normal!