Jody: Chihuahua with separation anxiety in search of quiet home or travel buddy

Jody is a 3-year-old male Chihuahua who was surrendered to us due to housing issues. According to our dog adoption center staff, he is sweet, can be very nervous at first, and may have abandonment issues. Continue reading to learn more about Jody and two tips to help your pet with separation anxiety.

About Jody

Jody’s animal ID is 26649 and he was surrendered to us on April 25th. Since then, he has opened up to our dog care associates and shared with them his adorable personality. He’s playful with other small dogs, but can become overwhelmed with large dogs. He is also treat-motivated and will do anything for a snack.

Although he loves to play, he does have a calm and stoic demeanor. We believe he’d be a perfect addition to a quiet house with children above the age of 6. Unfortunately, many dogs who are surrendered often experience separation anxiety, and while we welcome all potential adopters, it’s important that we find a good match for dogs like Jody. Because he fears being left alone, we’re hoping he’ll find an adopter who will be home most of the time. Of course, Jody loves car rides, making him the perfect travel companion for anyone who enjoys traveling. If you already have a pet stroller, that’s a plus for Jody!

Many dogs can suffer from separation anxiety for a number of reasons, such as being abandoned by their former owners or remaining in a shelter for too long. Although it can seem overwhelming adopting a dog with separation anxiety, there are many ways to provide enrichment for them.

Our certified dog trainer, Mariah Prudhume, explains that patience is key and recommends setting boundaries right away and getting them used to being comfortable in their new home without your constant presence.

“Many new pet owners like to spend every waking moment with their new pet,” Mariah said, “but are surprised when they leave for work and they learn their pet has separation anxiety.”

2 Tips To Help Your Pet With Separation Anxiety

Always be patient and give your dog time to get comfortable with being on their own. Learn to understand their separation anxiety and be there for them when they need you.

If you’re interested in adopting Jody, click HERE to submit your application. You may also visit our dog adoption center Wednesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. or weekends 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adoptions are available Monday and Tuesday by appointment only and with a completed application.

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