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Post by Maayke » Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:43 pm

Monday evening we welcomed a 7 month old Tamaskan pup into our home. We are amazed at how quickly he learns and how well he listens. His previous owner told us he hates water, but the frist day we took him out to the water he made a huge unexpected leap into it, haha!

Unfortunately, he suffers from separation anxiety and we trying to work on that. He really loves his crate already and we can close the crate door with no problems. He has also stopped whining when one of us leaves! We haven't left him completely alone yet, so we don't exactly know yet how severe his separation anxiety is.

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Post by HiTenshi16 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:27 pm

Fabulous photos! :D Can't wait to hear more updates, sounds like you're just a better home for him.
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Post by Rahne » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:28 pm

Lovely boy and great photos! :D

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Post by Sylvaen » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:28 pm

Congrats! He's very handsome :)
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Post by TerriHolt » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:33 pm

He looks great... I hope he gets past his Sa quickly without too much stress.
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Post by Katlin » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:30 pm

Congrats! He's a lovely pup, I'm glad you guys rescued him, that's awesome!
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Post by Maayke » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:22 pm

So here's an update! Ayden has settled in very well, he is a very affectionate and loving boy.

The first few nights we let Ayden sleep next to our bed. He now sleeps in his crate in the living room (with the doors open). The first time we let him sleep in another room he put up a protest, but after a few minutes of ignoring he was completely fine with it and now happily sleeps in his crate.

We have also been training him to be alone when we both leave the house for a few minutes while he is busy with his Kong.

However, yesterday when the three of us were outside and my boyfriend cycled away on his bike, Ayden went completely NUTS (howling and jumping around as if somebody was killing him)! I took him inside the house and he quickly calmed down while I ignored his behaviour. I hope I handled the situation well, I didn't really know what to do and it scared me seeing how bad his separation anxiety is.

Here's a few photos of our walks together.

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It's really hard to get a nice shot when they are moving so fast, how do you guys do it!? I will have to practice!

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Post by Sylvaen » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:29 pm

Ayden looks really nice! :D
Maayke wrote:However, yesterday when the three of us were outside and my boyfriend drove away on his bike, Ayden went completely NUTS (howling and jumping around as if somebody was killing him)! I took him inside the house and he quickly calmed down while I ignored his behaviour. I hope I handled the situation well, I didn't really know what to do and it scared me seeing how bad his separation anxiety is.
Jasper used to do this also! Don't worry too much though, it isn't too difficult to overcome: it just takes plenty of practice over a period of time. You can practice going for walk and having your boyfriend cycle away on his bike, and go around the block, then return to you (without much fuss) - a few times each day... just try to stay calm and act normal. He will freak out the first few times but when he realizes there is no need to panic (your boyfriend comes right back after a couple of minutes) then he will see that it is not so scary to say 'goodbye' and not stress so much about the 'pack' splitting up. You can try giving him treats as a distraction, and then as a reward whenever he focuses on you and calms down. :)
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Post by arianwenarie » Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:19 pm

Sylvaen wrote:Ayden looks really nice! :D
Maayke wrote:However, yesterday when the three of us were outside and my boyfriend drove away on his bike, Ayden went completely NUTS (howling and jumping around as if somebody was killing him)! I took him inside the house and he quickly calmed down while I ignored his behaviour. I hope I handled the situation well, I didn't really know what to do and it scared me seeing how bad his separation anxiety is.
Jasper used to do this also! Don't worry too much though, it isn't too difficult to overcome: it just takes plenty of practice over a period of time. You can practice going for walk and having your boyfriend cycle away on his bike, and go around the block, then return to you (without much fuss) - a few times each day... just try to stay calm and act normal. He will freak out the first few times but when he realizes there is no need to panic (your boyfriend comes right back after a couple of minutes) then he will see that it is not so scary to say 'goodbye' and not stress so much about the 'pack' splitting up. You can try giving him treats as a distraction, and then as a reward whenever he focuses on you and calms down. :)
To add to this, in the time your boyfriend is gone and Ayden is calm and relaxed, go ahead and look at him while verbally praising him in a calm tone of voice. I think you can amp up your excitement level if he's still calm by the time your bf comes back - treat him and give HUGE praise. :)

Further down the line, you could also go to a pet friendly store with friends willing to help with his SA training. Just walk around the store casually and then pick an aisle and hand off the leash to someone he's comfortable with and walk away out of sight for a minute or two. If you want to be extreme and Ayden throws a fit, you can wait until he stops and then return to him. My lab used to have SA only when on leash in public - she would drag whoever's holding her leash everywhere in order to find me. It was difficult trying to find someone strong enough to literally stand their ground while I walked out of sight. The first few times I practiced with her, she threw a fit and would keep jumping on me non-stop when I returned. She learned that if she tries to jump on me when I get back, I leave; the longer she throws a whining fit when I leave, the longer it will take for me to get back. Every dog is different, but I have been practicing this with different people (Petco staff hate me now) for a few months now and it has gotten much better. Still not the point where I want, but progress is progress.

Most important thing, I think, is to have whomever he's pining about to leave without looking or saying a word to him; as if Ayden was not there to say 'goodbye' to. Telling him "I'll be right back" or petting him before leaving will make it worse.

Keep us updated!

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Post by Maayke » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:28 pm

Thanks both for the great advice, we will definitely keep working on it!

When leaving or coming back we never give him attention. Also in the beginning he was a VERY persistent jumper, but that is also becoming less as we don't give him attention when he does that.

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Post by TerriHolt » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:29 pm

He looks great :D
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Post by Gaby » Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:37 am

He looks beautiful! Nice pictures too! I hope you can work on the separation anxiety. Difficult problem to fix, you need a lot of time and patience. Good luck!

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Post by Gaby » Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:39 am

Maayke wrote:It's really hard to get a nice shot when they are moving so fast, how do you guys do it!? I will have to practice!
Teaching sit/stand/lie down and stay! :mrgreen:

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Post by Maayke » Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:47 pm

Today we took Aydin to the forest!
His name is Aydin now as we noticed we always say Aydin instead of Ayden when calling him, so we thought it would be better to change his name. :D Here are some photographs to show you what our walk was like:

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Post by TerriHolt » Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:39 pm

Those are some great pictures.. I'm not jealous of peoples awesome photography skills in the slightest... :? ... :D
He looks good in them :)
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Post by HiTenshi16 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:08 pm

I'm not jealous of your awesome photography skills, I'm not jealous of you being able to go into such beautiful forests...
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Post by Katlin » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:35 pm

Wonderful photos! What kind of camera do you use?
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Post by Valravn » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:57 pm

Great photos! This is my favorite! It all looks so mystical. :D
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Post by Maayke » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:40 pm

Thanks all for your kind comments!
Katlin wrote:Wonderful photos! What kind of camera do you use?
I use a Canon 400D. As it is an older camera you can get this very cheap second hand (that's how I got it)! With this I mostly use a 50mm f1.4 lens, but I also highly recommend the 50mm f1.8 lens, which is a little cheaper. :D

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Post by Nino » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:18 pm

so good looking! great that Aydin ended up with you! :)
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Post by Kootenaywolf » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:13 pm

Wonderful photos! And Aydin is lovely.

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Post by weylyn » Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:11 pm

Still have to get used to his new name that fits him so much better but just the other name is sooooo still in my head.sorry :oops:
But he looks great and can't wait to see him again in real live so I can see if he indeed grow so much as I think when I look at the photo's

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Post by Maayke » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:01 am

weylyn wrote:Still have to get used to his new name that fits him so much better but just the other name is sooooo still in my head.sorry :oops:
But he looks great and can't wait to see him again in real live so I can see if he indeed grow so much as I think when I look at the photo's
Yes we had to get used to his new name as well, but now we have we also think it fits him much better. It would be awesome to meet you and your dogs during a tam walk!

I have some great news today: we left Aydin alone for 1.5 hours today (first time we left him alone that long) and I think it went great! I'm so happy. :D When I got home I quietly listened at the door if I could hear him howl, but nothing. Also no destroying things or poo/pee in the house and no jumping up hysterically when I got home. So very positive signs right? I plan on video taping him monday while we are gone, so we can really see if all is going well.

Here's some goofy photos to match my mood right now. ;)

"Hi Guys!"
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"Ooooh my god, this is the most delicious tree branch ever."
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In this picture his face looks a lot like Ziva's in my opinion. XD
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Post by weylyn » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:28 pm

He is getting to be a stunning boy....although sorry but when I see him I think of girls.....When I look at him he is a bit a cross of Ziva and Konah

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Post by Maayke » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:42 pm

weylyn wrote:He is getting to be a stunning boy....although sorry but when I see him I think of girls.....When I look at him he is a bit a cross of Ziva and Konah
Hahaha, yes EXACTLY my thoughts.

In this photograph he looks a little like Konah:
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And in this one he looks like Ziva:
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But he is still young so he may become a little more masculine. He still pees like a girl too haha. :lol:

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Post by HiTenshi16 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:52 pm

Pretty boy :) and nothing wrong with being pretty.
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Post by weylyn » Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:51 pm

whahaha but like you say he is still young ;) And when he grow some chest he will be stunning :D

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Post by Rahne » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:18 pm

Great to hear he is doing well! He´s very pretty and still young, so time left to fill out a bit :D

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Post by MaaikeBerg » Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:22 pm

Beautifull,Nice to see he found a new home. If you need help or advice about his behaviour, feel free to contact mee. Just look at www.facebook.com/me.and.your.dog

Enjoy this lovely guy, he's beautifull!

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Post by Maayke » Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:22 pm

We had a great time in the forest today!

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I have to laugh at this picture every time, I think he looks like a classy lady haha!

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High five. :D

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Post by HiTenshi16 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:26 pm

Also love his "classy lady" pose :D
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Post by akaye531 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:42 pm

He's so beautiful!

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Post by weylyn » Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:44 pm

love this one
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Post by arianwenarie » Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:48 am

Awesome pics! I love the "classy lady" pic too. ;) In some pics, he reminds me a lot of Summer (Blustag Little Sunshine @ Muensterland)...but it might just be his long legs and the white-tipped tail. lol.

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Post by TerriHolt » Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:10 pm

Great pictures :D He looks great!
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Post by Maayke » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:19 pm

Hi all, here's another update. After the first month of counter conditioning and slowly building up the time we left him alone (for up to 1.5 hours went really well), I made the mistake of leaving him alone for too long (about 2 hours). His separation anxiety was back and he howls, destroys, defecates and urinates in the house when I leave him now. This week we noticed some improvement again though! He also sleeps in his crate with the doors closed since this week without making a single sound, a huge improvement. We will start again slowly from the beginning and keep working on it!

Precious photo of the second day we had him in our home.
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Finally a little sun and warmth in the Netherlands this week!
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LOVE this cute puppy face so much!!!
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Huge rope toy. :D
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Post by HiTenshi16 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:32 pm

Glad to hear there is improvement :) Wonderful photos!
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Post by Katlin » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:41 pm

Lol I made the mistake of buying Wylie a huge rope, he shredded it on the carpet so I had to pick up each and every string (you can't vacuum it because it wrecks the power head of the vacuum :roll: )

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Post by Maayke » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:46 pm

Katlin wrote:Lol I made the mistake of buying Wylie a huge rope, he shredded it on the carpet so I had to pick up each and every string (you can't vacuum it because it wrecks the power head of the vacuum :roll: )

Nice pictures.
Hahaha yes. Within a day the whole house was covered in strings of rope and indeed I had to it pick up string by string. :D

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Post by AZDehlin » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:40 pm

I dont buy rope toys because Zephyr destroys them with in and hour of me getting them.

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Post by Rahne » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:12 pm

Maayke wrote:Hi all, here's another update. After the first month of counter conditioning and slowly building up the time we left him alone (for up to 1.5 hours went really well), I made the mistake of leaving him alone for too long (about 2 hours). His separation anxiety was back and he howls, destroys, defecates and urinates in the house when I leave him now. This week we noticed some improvement again though! He also sleeps in his crate with the doors closed since this week without making a single sound, a huge improvement. We will start again slowly from the beginning and keep working on it!
You're doing great! I know it's hard, I had the same with Konah... but you will get there ;)

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Post by wolfwoman » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:16 pm

Wow...you make suce wonderfull photo's !!
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Post by Katlin » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:56 am

Maayke wrote:
Katlin wrote:Lol I made the mistake of buying Wylie a huge rope, he shredded it on the carpet so I had to pick up each and every string (you can't vacuum it because it wrecks the power head of the vacuum :roll: )

Nice pictures.
Hahaha yes. Within a day the whole house was covered in strings of rope and indeed I had to it pick up string by string. :D
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I also know what you're going through with the SA. Wylie is quite bad in his kennel. When I first got him he would sleep through the night without a hitch but to my dismay he got so bad that he would projectile poop through the kennel bars every night. Now he has to sleep on my bed or on the floor because I really don't want to be cleaning up poos at 3 in the morning. As for leaving him in the kennel throughout the day: he still makes a racket (I've had to pad everything five-fold with blankets) and he will still pee and pull stuff into his crate but there is much less destruction and no more poos. Stick with it!
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Re: Aydin (Blustag Wiggins) Nevada x Bodie

Post by JoaquimJoe » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:49 pm

Really do have a lot of respect for you!!!
Great you have given this lovely boy a change and not give up in an instant!

Know a little what you are going through
My Joe (Malamute mix)did not poo or so but has ripped my whole house including wooden floor in pieces.
He has also kind of claustofobia could not close him in a cage.
I had to adjust my life to him, but he got almost over his SA now.
Now he only steals soks and towels and rip them into pieces, most of the time when I am afraid I will not home in time, I put plastic grocery bags in the room for him to rip apart. he loves that.

I did get a good advice, even when you really don't like what he did (maybe except for the poos) take pictures of all the thing he does, I did and now I really can laugh about the redisigned sofa 8-).

Now we have this SA and his destructive nature under control, so Nana (Saxon hera) is coming to join us. Yoepie
Hopefully he is really forgotten his destructive kind of beeing, and not teaching this little puppie how to do this together :mrgreen:
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Post by Kootenaywolf » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:09 pm

Absolutely gorgeous photos!

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Post by SkyHiker12 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:34 pm

You dog is so so pretty

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Post by Maayke » Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:41 pm

Thanks all for the kind words! Sometimes I feel bad about the SA, thinking I was selfish to adopt him and it had been better for him to be in a home with more dogs because sometimes I have to leave him alone for a few hours. But then I remind myself that there will always be a better home. We would like to have a second dog for him, but we don't want to get another dog until we have his SA under control.

Anyway, we have noticed so much improvement since the day we let him sleep in a closed crate. It takes some effort (sleeping on the couch for days and on the floor in our case haha), but it's really worth it! I also read a paper somewhere that found a correlation between sleeping next to the owner and separation issues but I can't remember which paper (I like reading papers on dog behaviour in my free time).
Katlin wrote: I also know what you're going through with the SA. Wylie is quite bad in his kennel. When I first got him he would sleep through the night without a hitch but to my dismay he got so bad that he would projectile poop through the kennel bars every night. Now he has to sleep on my bed or on the floor because I really don't want to be cleaning up poos at 3 in the morning. As for leaving him in the kennel throughout the day: he still makes a racket (I've had to pad everything five-fold with blankets) and he will still pee and pull stuff into his crate but there is much less destruction and no more poos. Stick with it!
It's great to hear there has also been improvement with Wylie, he's still so young so he will be fine!
JoaquimJoe wrote: Now he only steals soks and towels and rip them into pieces, most of the time when I am afraid I will not home in time, I put plastic grocery bags in the room for him to rip apart. he loves that.

I did get a good advice, even when you really don't like what he did (maybe except for the poos) take pictures of all the thing he does, I did and now I really can laugh about the redisigned sofa 8-).

Now we have this SA and his destructive nature under control, so Nana (Saxon hera) is coming to join us. Yoepie
Hopefully he is really forgotten his destructive kind of beeing, and not teaching this little puppie how to do this together :mrgreen:
Haha taking pictures of things he destroyed is definately a good idea. Also I put old clothes throughout the house so he will destroy those instead of other things (no matter how well I try to hide everything, he will always find something to destroy). It's so nice that you're getting another dog for Joe, I hope you will have a great time (your future pup is really cute)!


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Re: Aydin (Blustag Wiggins) Nevada x Bodie

Post by Cornelia1986 » Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:50 pm

I think Aydin found a perfect home! You gave him a second chance after somebody don't want him anymore! You help him getting over SA and collect informations about this problem because you care for your dog! I do not think he could have a better, loving home than yours :)
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Re: Aydin (Blustag Wiggins) Nevada x Bodie

Post by HiTenshi16 » Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:57 pm

Aydin looks so happy in your photos :)
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Post by Rahne » Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:10 pm

Cornelia1986 wrote:I think Aydin found a perfect home! You gave him a second chance after somebody don't want him anymore! You help him getting over SA and collect informations about this problem because you care for your dog! I do not think he could have a better, loving home than yours :)
2nd this! ;)

Also remember that sometimes a 2nd dog doesn't make a difference... Konah has always been together with 2 other dogs, but she still suffered from SA as a pup. I have a nice hole in my wall as a 'souvenir' :mrgreen:

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