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Date:7/22/2014 11:50:22 PM
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Thank you so much for your support during this difficult time with Pippin. I'm so glad that this surgery is over and that he can now start feeling better.

I watched your video about Paige and her insecurity being alone and I have an idea that might work.

It sounds like it is similar to what dogs suffer who have separation anxiety. If you have the time (lots) to do this it should work.

How long does it take for her to show anxiety? A minute? 10 minutes?

Put her out to graze and tell her a word (Leave) or phrase (I'll be back) that you will consistently teach her to associate with this. Leave her for just a minute or two. I hope that she can survive this short amount of time without being anxious.

After this tiny interval come back and all happily tell her what a good girl she is and maybe give her a treat if she's into that sort of thing.

Stay with her 5 minutes and leave again for the same amount of time. Repeat above and do this sequence of leaving her, saying the word/phrase, and then coming back all happy. Repeat this for 1/2 - 1 hour.

This will have to be done over a period of several days or even a couple of weeks.

During the training period it is very important that she is NEVER left alone except for the minutes that you've planned for training. Otherwise she'll regress.

Each day add a minute or two away until by the end of the week you're up to 10 minutes. It is essential that you come back to her BEFORE she starts to get anxious. So, you may have to adjust your timing depending on her state of mind.

The key is for her to realize that when you say your cue word or phrase, that she is not being left for eternity in a lonely place to live out the rest of her days. (Horses can be rather dramatic!) :)

She sounds like a smart girl and if you have the time to practice this she should pick it up fairly quickly. Good luck! And if you can do this, let me know how it goes!

Leaving a vote for good luck!
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