In most cases, this can be a sign of separation anxiety.
We often find that #LebronTheFrenchie will howl if he senses we are about to leave. And he also seems to cry when we are gone for a period longer than 5 hours (we’ve come home to hear him crying through our front door).
While his howling is cute (and kinda funny) it is still a sign of distress, so we have been making sure to do a few things differently when we leave and then again when we come home.
Here are two things we are trying, that might work for you if you have a similar problem
- Before leaving the house: create a distraction or job for him to do. We play hide-and-seek with Lebron before we go.
- We put him in the bedroom and hide pieces of his kibble around the apartment. And then when we let him out, he goes searching, and we leave.
- He doesn’t even notice we have left and doesn’t feel he has to follow or find us when we go through the front door.
- Don’t make a big deal of things when you get home. We ignore him for a minute or two and then calmly pet him. Rather than get all crazy and make him feel like we have been gone an eternity.
- I should mention that this one is harder to do, as all I want to do is kiss and hug him when I’ve been gone (haha)
Often it can be as simple as tiring your pup out before you leave as well. A good long walk, a decent play where they are running around a lot (and doing a few zoomies) can help ease them into calmness.
A happy dog is a calm dog.