So often, we spend our lives watching these instagrammers sharing their picture perfect lives through their photographs or stories. Very rarely do I stop and consider that they only chose to share their best bits. Sometimes it is just good to take a moment to remember that… Not everything is perfect.
Today’s post is going to be a honest one. I want to share with you a little problem Alfie and I are facing at the moment… Well, a massive problem. Alfie has started to struggle with separation anxiety. I don’t want your judgements, or for you to tell me where I’m going wrong. I just want to share our journey with you. As I’m hoping with a lot of hard work, you will be able to see things progress over time… Right now, the idea of leaving him for as little as 5 minutes is impossible.
A bit of a back story…
Up until moving a few weeks back, Alfie has never been an only dog. He has always had my parents dogs around to keep him company. I’m a little ashamed to say that I have never left him alone. This was because there is always someone about in my family home… Which was great, but it didn’t teach Alf the skills he needed to function alone.
Up until recently I didn’t think this was a problem, until that dreaded day when I had to leave him by himself for the first time. I wasn’t planning on going for long, simply popping out for a little while… Really just to gauge how he reacted. I had set a dog camera up ready to watch his reaction. I can safely say it broke my heart. I have never seen him look so distressed. How could I let a problem like this happen?
So, what’s next?
Truthfully? I don’t quite know, at the moment I am considering getting a behaviourist involved or seeing if this is just something we can work through together. All I know that it is going to be a tricky one to conquer!
I will be sure to keep you updated throughout the process… Wish us luck! I’m going to need it!
Emma & Alfie xox