Tips for Handling Separation Anxiety

Photo: Zendritic

Photo: Zendritic

Find it hard to leave home because your pooch starts barking like it's the end of the world, or worse, you come home to find everything destroyed? We have some great tips for you today that outline how to deal with separation anxiety in dogs, but remember, it takes lots of patience and consistent training to make your pup feel safe when you're away.

Calm, Cool and Collected
When you leave the house, make sure you do so in a calm, nonchalant manner. The more hassle you make of leaving the house, the more you'll stimulate your dog's anxiety. It's a good idea to refrain from to talking to your dog, touching him, or making any eye contact while you quietly slip out the door. 

Say Goodbye Earlier than Later
A good fifteen to twenty minutes before you leave, spend some time with your dog saying bye, giving her all the attention she needs. Rather than get her excited with a game of tug,  you should try sitting down with her, giving her love through petting and rubbing so she'll be in a calm state as you get ready to head out. Once you're done with the one-on-one time, try to avoid eye contact, calling her name, or any other type of stimulation so you can more easily head out the door in a calm manner.

Start Small
To train your dog to be comfortable while you're away, you need to start out small. Practice leaving for two minutes (with all the steps above), and then five minutes, gradually working your way up to thirty minutes.

Tired Dogs Are Calm Dogs
The best way to make sure your dog is calm when you leave? Take him on a long walk before to make sure he's good and tired, then when you say goodbye to him in advance and put him in a calm state, he'll likely doze off while you leave.

Most of all, have patience with your dog and don't give her negative feedback for feeling anxious. Separation anxiety is a sign of fear and not disobedience, so instead, try to be understanding, gentle, and diligent in your training and your pooch will overcome their fear more quickly.

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Published on by Beatrix Chan.

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