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I'll be traveling overseas days, I have a 6 months old

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I'll be traveling overseas for 10 days, I have a 6 months old Maltese, and I'm leaving him home with my roommate, what should I expect on his behavior? Is he will get sick during the time I'll be away? He is my first puppy ever so I am not very sure what to do.
What can I do to easy the separation time for him?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi Rosane,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

Generally speaking dogs are quite resilent. Most dogs will tolerate a short absence with no ill effects especially if he is going to be in his own home around other people who have been a part of his life even if they were just there and didn't have much interaction with him. You will want them to feed him at his regular times and try and keep his "routine" as close to what you do with him as dogs love routines.

Be sure his food is not changed and they don't give him unusual treats especially human food. A lot of people don't realize that some human foods can be toxic to a dog such as peanut butter with xylitol added, chocolate and onions. The other thing that can affect a dog is if they are reassured and held and stroked if they do whine and look for you. When you show a dog attention when they are exhibiting less than desirable behavior, it will encourage that behavior rather than help the dog adjust. The fastest way to the dog adjusting is for them to treat your dog in a normal manner.

You might go ahhead and get a DAP collar. They are proven to help with anxieties. That way if he does exhibit any anxious behavior at your departure, it should help calm him. DAP collars use a pheromone similar to the one a nursing mom emits to calm her puppies. It helps with separation anxiety as well. If you have a little time before you leave, you can practice a little time away from him so he understands that even if you go away, you come back.

You might also get some kongs with treat compartments. Fill them with yogurt or baby food that does NOT contain garlic or onion and then freeze them. Have your roommate give him one a day to help him keep him occupied. That should help as well.

Remember that when you get back, he may have bonded with your roommate and it may take a few days before he treats you the way he did before.

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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Rosane,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi Again. Just a quick followup to see if you found my suggestions helpful and how things are going?

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