Separation Anxiety

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I had no idea I had so many questions! It is wonderful to have a place where I can voice my questions and concerns and know I will receive knowledgable answers from folks who are very familiar with Dobermans.

So ... Draco's puppy class was at our local PetCo. One of the exercises was hide-n-seek. The trainer would hold the leash, I would go "hide" and call him. The trainer gave him no direction to find me, just followed behind him. He always did a good job of finding me ... even in the fish area where he didn't like to go (so I made sure I went there at least once everytime we played this game).

The trainer, however, told me he has separation anxiety and I need to leave him home more often. At the time, he was only home for about three hours two mornings a week. He also spent about two weeks sleeping in his "den" as he had a loose stool and soiled my bedspread.

I pretty much ignored her advice and continue to take him everywhere I go. When he was little, I made sure he had chew toys so we didn't have a Turner and Hooch episode. There is still a chew toy in the car for him, but he never chews on it now.

Draco and I are pretty much together 24/7. He doesn't mind waiting in the car for me. When I get out I tell him that I'll be back and to guard the home stone while I'm gone. He's usually curled up asleep when I get back to him. He is, of course, happy to see me ... the ears go flat back, his little nub of tail wags, and he's even smiled a few times. I thank him for waiting for me and tell him what a wonderful boy he is.

My question is this ... am I doing Draco a disservice by having him with me all the time?

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I would take what Petco says with a grain of salt.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with you and your dog being together. It is the perfect scenario that a lot of people would die to have. Our Mia is pretty much with us 24/7 and we love it.  As far as seperation anxiety, it does not sound like an issue when you come back to your car and he's happy to see you and you still have your car seats intact. lol   In my opinion: keep doing what your doing!

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Thank you, Dennis. I've noticed that things have changed so much since the last time I had a pup. Honestly, it makes me question a lot of things that I've always taken for granted. I think I should probably just "go with my gut". As long as Draco is a happy boy I guess I'm doing things right.

He loves going for rides, but it took him a little while to figure out he didn't have to compete with the radio.  lol

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I wish more people would/could spend 24/7 with their dogs.. Especially DObermans who need their people more than any other dog.. \How perfectly aweseome that you can do that..

The bond you are forming with Draco is one that you will treasure always.. KUDOS to you..and Poo poo to PetCo.

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Thank you, Lady Kate. I feel VERY fortunate to be able to spend so much time with Draco. We have an incredible bond that will only get better with time. I'd be lost without him!