Separation Anxiety in a Springer Spaniel

by Sandy Smith
(San Diego, CA)

Anyone else out there having trouble with your Springer when you leave? Since I have two, they generally do OK when I go to work, but when I leave for vacation; it's another story. One of my neighbors, who plays with them every day when we go to the dog park, will come over to visit and throw the ball while I am away. My girls, who normally LOVE to play ball, only seem to want loving, and have no interest in playing whatsoever. I want them to be able to enjoy life even when I am not there, but have no idea how to approach this since it happens when I am not there.

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Aug 04, 2010
by: Anonymous

You go on vacation without your dogs?

Aug 01, 2010
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by: Estie

I think I'm the one with sepration anxiety when we leave! I just hate it!!

Anyway, we have a lady who comes and house/dog sits while we are away. That way, someone is always with them, and they are in their own surroundings.

I keep the suitcase hidden, or set it out a couple months before so it is a "fixture" during the last days of the hustle and bustle of preparing for a trip.

Jul 31, 2010
by: Michele

I have the same problem with my 2 1/2 year old Springer. She hates for us to leave for any reason, though she does seem to understand that we do go to work each day and she'll go right to her blanket, but she's hanging her head and shuffling the whole way!

We have been lucky in that we have found a great kennel in our area. They do not have cages and are all about socialization and playing. When we have to be gone for longer than a day we take them there and they love it! There are always several people on staff and many other dogs. On occasion there is another Springer and they automatically gravitate toward her. They stay so busy there they don't seem to realize we're gone. And what's great about this place is they offer 'doggie day-care!' So, just to keep them familiar with the place I will usually leave them there one Saturday per month.

Anyway, if you could find someplace like that in your area I think you'd see a big difference in their anxiety. If not, maybe you have a friend that has a dog or two who wouldn't mind keeping them for you....I know how hard it is to leave them behind, especially if you're worried about them.

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