MemberMay 25, 2010 at 11:49 am46
To be honest, i don’t know if she’s getting better or worse!
I’ve had some great days where i’ve been home all day, and left her outside with little fuss provided i pop in and out and play with her every few hours. The last few days however haven’t been great. We had a cranky neighbour complain about a day we both had to work all day so we’re now really conscious of it. On top of that she howled from about 1:30am-2:30am the night i tried to get her to sleep outside, so that failed 🙁
I can say that we would definitely have given her too much attention pats/cuddling etc. We’re going to try to tone it down and maybe try smaller periods by herself this time.
you’re right about the needing to have contact with us, even separating her in the lounge she went crazy.
When she howls, we wait till she goes quiet for a second and the quickly go outside and praise her or even give her a treat for her silence, is this reinforcing silence or teaching her that if she howls we’ll come outside soon after?