The purpose of this blog is to document my dogs issues that we’re facing with him having Canine Cognitive Dysfunction. Ping is a 15 year old pug (we think) that lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. I adopted Ping from KC’s Pug Rescue a little over 13 years ago. The Rescue’s vet believed Ping to be about 2 years old. Ping was found in an foreclosed home, scared and hungry. He spent a week in the public shelter and was pretty tramautized by the situation and needed special attention, so KC’s Pug Rescue got him out of the shelter.
I saw Ping’s story (the rescue had named him Mickey) and saw how much help he needed and i just fell in love. At this time in my life, I was going through some of my own trama and I felt like I needed him just as much as he needed me. I thought we could help each other. Within days he was at my house and in my life.
Ping was a very sweet and loving little Pug, but he had SEVERE Seperation Anxiety. I reserched how to treat Seperation Anxiety and decided to take some time off from work so that I could work with Ping on it. I decided to do the “Planned Departures” route, which was very simple and made sense.
- Say a “safe phrase” consisitently when you leave (I use “Ill be right back!”).
- Leave for short periods. (starting at a few minutes working your way up to a few hours).
- When you come home say another “safe phrase” (I use “mama’s home!”).
- Ignore your dog as he freaks out that youre home. Put away your groceries, do what ever you would do as if he is not even there.
They key with Planned Departures is to completely ignore your dog as he howls, cries and jumps up on you for attention when you come home. If you make coming home the BEST thing ever, then thier anxiety is triggered when you leave. You are ALWAYS going to come home and your dog needs to understand that its “no big deal” when you come home.
I seem to be spending quite a bit of time on Pings Seperation Anxiety and Planned Departures, but… it really created this bond between Ping and I. Everytime I would come home during our training period, Ping would just look at me like “omg thank god she is home”. There was just such fear in his eyes, it broke my heart. I made it my mission to make sure that Ping understood how much he meant to me and that I would never abandon him. Ping grew into a healthy and confident dog. His Seperation Anxiety today is a thing of the past. Ping knows now that he is a member of my family and he’s never being left behind.
Weve spent the last 13 years together as any Dog and Human do, enjoying movies, walks, belly rubs, treats, play time and snuggles. Ping had a tramautic abandonment at a time when I was going through some stuff, and we both helped each other heal. There is something about Rescue… its like Ping knows I rescued him and is just the sweetest and most loving dog. Ping looks at me as if I hung the moon and stars.
He and his Pug “brother” Deoji are the light of my life, and I love them very much.
The reason I created this blog, was not to talk about Pings upbringing or life, but to document his disease and what worked for us and what hasnt. Maybe someone out there will google thier own dogs symptoms and stumble across this blog and ask thier vet about Canine Cognitive Dysfunction.