Sometimes I think that since I am able to bring Finn to work with me, and since she is with me then most days, all day, that she doesn't understand that there are times when she can't be with me. We had been having some problems with leaving her alone in the house. This could range from us being outside watering the plants for 20 minutes to us leaving her alone while we run errands for a couple of hours. That's why I was super anxious when I left her for my mom's birthday tea, if you remember. Really, the only thing she attacks, and I knock on wood as I type, is my rug.
It started in one corner, and she progressed to the others. We have other rugs that she ignores, but for some reason, when we left her, this became her new dental floss. As you can see, she's attacked three of the four corners. Oh, Finn!!
So, I started to use this trick I read where you leave a toy the minute you walk out the door and then pick it up the minute you walk in the door. The dog is supposed to somehow equate the toy to you coming home. Well, I didn't want to believe it at first, but it's been working for a while now, so I thought I would share the toy which I think in my head is my replacement.
That's right. A $7 orange squeaky with black spiderweb over it. That's what she equates with me coming home. Can you believe it? I seriously can't! It's odd too, I don't think she even plays with it while I am gone because I find it in the same place from where I put it when I left. I also think it's a little strange that Finn generally gives me a harder time than my husband. If I am already out, and he leaves her, she's an angel. Whereas I had to use this trick to get her to be good. Any thoughts or suggestions on this? I've been using it with some success for a couple of weeks now, but I am curious as to what other peeps are doing for the same challenge. Thank you for any suggestions or advice!