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So Frankie has been here about 2 weeks. She is doing awesome and has some interest in her plus an event next week that might get some more exposure to potential adopters.

She is loose (uncrated) in my "dog room" during my work day. An old couch, a table, a closed wire crate and her water bowl make up the furnishings. She seem to be fine when I am gone. She doesn't chew the walls or the couch unlike previous fosters. My neighbors haven't said she's been barking. She isn't too worked up when I get home- no extra slobber, she's jumpy and ready to go outside but not overly so.

But.... when I am home and I put her in her room, which I am having to do right now since Chester is still in the cone for his eye injury I have to basically "crate" and rotate, she flips out. Hyper fast panting, whimpering, slamming into the door and scratching at the door, she won't touch food or chew toys while I am not in the room, and when I go to take her out, she's more or less in panic mode. Calms down fairly quickly once she's around me.

Normally with a barking or whining dog I would wait till they calm and then treat and praise. Has worked well in the past, but she doesn't really ever calm until she sees me so even that bit of calm isn't really her getting calm on her own but rather an effect of my presence.

What's y'alls thoughts? Should I just let her be and give her time? She's getting plenty of exercise and attention, she just seems to have abandonment issues. Any training tips to help calm her?
 

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What would happen if you took her for a 15 - 30 min. walk (or 15 min. of training) and then gave her a Kong in the crate.

(I'm assuming this should be: "but she doesn't really ever 'get worked up' until she sees me so even")
Doesn't matter how tired she is, she freaks when I leave. She won't take treats or eat when I leave- she's left her food sitting an entire day.

And no, I did mean " she doesn't really ever calm until she sees me" - I am there, she takes about 30 seconds to calm down. I leave, she takes about 30 seconds to start the drooly panting.

She has made some progress though in that first thing in the morning, she will eat breakfast in the bedroom without me being there. Doesn't work for dinner yet.
 
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