Okay, to make this short – me and my husband have a 9 month old lab, he had dogs before, this is my first time having a dog and rasing the dog. My husband is gone from like 12 to 14 hours a day – sometimes more if over time. This was a major change for me because I came from a family with cats. I know I did a pretty good job with this dog – her name is Buffy, and she knows all her commands in ASL and verbal (since I am deaf I wanted to make her deaf friendly dog) and she knows those “bonus” tricks such as pound (I sign with “are we cool?”) Shake (signing “make friends”), Roll over, working on the dead dog but its just goes on and off you get the idea…
So my question/problem: I know she’s a mommas girl – it can be pretty obvious at times, and she wants to go out when we go out but she stays home when we are at work (I don’t work much just a few hours a day) when we do errands and etc. we take her to the trips we take that are dog friendly. She’s pretty good when we travel. When my husband goes out the door Buffy will go up to the window wonder where he’s going – that’s normal from what I hear. But when I go outside and leave to a quick run, my husband says she cries. (she is kennel trained so she is to be in the kennel when she’s home alone – we don’t leave her in there for more than 5 hours – that doesn’t happen often most of the time just 3 4 hours…) when I go to the bathroom she follows me TO the bathroom, sometimes the bathrooms I use I tell her she can come in, but she just likes to bark at me and run thinking it’s a game, I think its cute, but when I open the door she’s there, and they say she cries when I am in there. Or when I don’t tell her to come in she’s sitting at the bathroom door crying. When my husband gets up before I do, I like to sleep in and he is considerate letting me sleep alone no disturbing me since I am sensitive to the light and vibration, she cries when he takes her apart from me. When we are all together and I am out of the car to grab something she cries.
She CAN stay away from me, I know my grandma’s dog wont even leave her side, not even by 3 feet, when we go and see her it can be annoying for her because its constantly on her legs that they are playing on, but she wont leave her side – I know that dog has issues and major separation anxiety. Sometimes my dad watches her if we were gonna be gone or more than 4 hours at a time, she has no problem she likes to play with his dog also a lab, she doesn’t cry but she wants to go with me but she is good on sitting and staying or staying.
I know she has shown signs of separation anxiety. I could be wrong, or over looking this, I know her breed is loyal, but why is it she does that? My husband and a friend told me because I do so much for her…. I did 95 percent of the training but he keeps up with them, I am so much harder on her (sometimes wonder WHY does she want to stay around lol) but I am not too hard, I make sure she isn’t gonna be out of control, I feed her change her water, take her to the groomers walk her play and so on and so on…
What can I do to get her to stop crying when I leave? Or when I am in the bathroom? What do you think is going on?
She is 9 months old, and I know she is in that teenage phase now, but I don’t think I ever heard of a situation of that old of a puppy still crying for those things… but if I am wrong please correct me.
Any advice would do. Thanks! :-)