Separation Anxiety

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  1. HDRider

    HDRider Well-Known Member

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    I have an Anatolian and Pyrenees. I have to put the dogs in a pen to feed them so the chickens and sheep will not eat the dog food. The Anatolian morns the separation from the sheep to the point she will not eat while she is in the pen.

    I keep them penned about an hour to eat. He eats fine. She will eat if I let her out and she is back with her sheep. I can't stay present while she causally eats her food outside the pen. I feed them twice a day.

    This really became an issue over the last week or so. They have been with sheep for about two months. Bonded almost instantly. The dogs are 1 year old.

    Ideas? Suggestions?

    Thank you.
     
  2. hiddensprings

    hiddensprings Well-Known Member

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    I fed my anatolians and the goats at the same time. So while the goats were eating their feed, the dogs ate theirs. That's not to say that a goat would not wander over and try to steal dog food, but honestly, the dogs learned quickly to protect there chow, eat fast, or go hungry. Sorry, that doesn't sound very nice, but honestly, they all worked it out.
     
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  3. ShannonR

    ShannonR hillbilly farmgirl

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    Creep feeder of some sort? So the dog can access the feed and sheep cannot
     
  4. HDRider

    HDRider Well-Known Member

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    I would be afraid any copper in the dog food would harm the sheep.
     
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    HDRider Well-Known Member

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    I can't think of anything a dog could enter that a sheep could not.
     
  6. Wolf mom

    Wolf mom Well-Known Member

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    Why not build a wire cage within the sheep's pen with a one way latch so the dog can see and be close to the the sheep while eating? With a one way latch, the dog will be able to get out after eating and you won't have to go back and let it out.
     
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