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Unhappy Dog barks and cries whenever we leave

We can't even leave her in another room with the door shut.. She is so clingy! My boyfriend bought her when she was a very young puppy around 4 years ago, and just last year he moved and he couldn't take her with. She was leashed up in his uncle's garage for several months. I think this may have a lot to do with why she is this way. I am home every day as I do not work, but I do have some appointments coming up in the morning in the next month and I have no one to watch her. I can't leave her barking while I leave for 2 hours; I live in an apartment complex and the neighbors will complain. I don't know what to do! The toy trick doesn't work, in about a minute she becomes bored and starts looking for me or my boyfriend. HELP!
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Does she like marrow bones? Frozen peanut butter kongs?
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We got a huge meaty bone and like I said, she becomes interested for a minute, chewing and licking it, but then she runs off looking for us.
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My buddy does the howling and crying thing whenever we leave him alone. Did you get any useful tips?
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We can't even leave her in another room with the door shut.. She is so clingy! My boyfriend bought her when she was a very young puppy around 4 years ago, and just last year he moved and he couldn't take her with. She was leashed up in his uncle's garage for several months. I think this may have a lot to do with why she is this way. I am home every day as I do not work, but I do have some appointments coming up in the morning in the next month and I have no one to watch her. I can't leave her barking while I leave for 2 hours; I live in an apartment complex and the neighbors will complain. I don't know what to do! The toy trick doesn't work, in about a minute she becomes bored and starts looking for me or my boyfriend. HELP!
This is why I am an advocate of crate training. It helps the dogs have their own space and feel secure when I leave for work. They also are less than interested in what I leave inside the crate in terms of toys but they are so used to going in at night and when I am not home that it is second nature now.



This link is to a video on crate training

It's hard when your dog already has free reign of the house when you leave. But with enough practice while you are home, it should be a safe place for them while your gone.

Good luck!
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