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When we leave for work in the morning, and we pen Starla up for the day she is excellent. She knows the phrase go to work, so she goes into the kitchen, sits on her blanket and waits while we put up the gate and leave. If we go out for a few hours on the weekend, she's just as good. Again we'll use the phrase go to work and she will take her spot on the blanket in the kitchen. When only ONE of us leaves, though, to take out the trash, or grab something out of the car or to go grocery shopping or whatever---even if it's just to step outside to pay the pizza delivery guy for ten seconds she GOES NUTS and starts crying and scratching the door. She continues to whine and semi-howl and is inconsolable for about an hour...sometimes a lot longer...even when one of us is there (and it doesn't matter which one has left and which has stayed). We've even tried the one who is leaving to use the phrase go to work so she would be a little more at ease but we're thinking that this may confuse and upset her because normally when we say go to work we BOTH leave, and she's not understanding why we are not BOTH leaving. Does this just come with the territory or is there anyway to help her not get so upset when just one of us has to leave?