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Dog Separation Anxiety: Causes and Solutions

Dog Separation Anxiety: Causes and
Solutions




Dog separation anxiety is one of
the most common problems that
new pet owners face. Ever had your
dog bark and bark and bark when
you leave the house, leaving you
wondering if they’re doing this
endlessly for hours while you’re
gone? (Your dog may even mess
with things in your home, destroy,
or worse, possibly endanger
himself or herself while doing so.)
Knowing how to deal with dog
separation anxiety is one of the
most important aspects of any dog
training plan, and the first step to
deal with this behavioral issue is
finding out what’s behind it.

What causes separation anxiety in
your dog?
• Dogs are pack animals, and there is a direct attachment
between them and their masters. Because of this, when you
leave your home, your dog may feel nervous at the thought of
your impending absence.
• When you give your cute and cuddly friend too much
attention before leaving the house, and then give them lavish
attention once again upon your arrival back home, and this
routine goes on day after day, over and over, this can actually
reinforce separation anxiety in your dog. Why? Because your
dog associates this type of lavish affection with you leaving
him all alone, probably for hours at a time.

REDUCING YOUR DOG’S SEPARATION
ANXIETY
• To reduce such anxiety in your dog, you will first need to start changing your
morning routine. Case in point: if your dog starts to exhibit anxious ehavior
when they hear your alarm going off, it means that they have associated the
sound of your alarm with the fact that you will soon be leaving the house.
• To prevent your dog from making this association, for the first while during
their dog training or re-training, try deviating even slightly from your normal
routines.
• Wake up at slightly different times… dress earlier than usual… take your
keys down before you leave and then wait for a couple of minutes instead
of immediately heading out the door… These little deviations will often
reduce your dog’s anxiety.

REDUCING YOUR DOG’S SEPARATION
ANXIETY
• Many people are surprised to learn that
petting their dog before leaving and
upon arriving home only encourages
separation anxiety. As tempting as it
may be to shower your new puppy with
hugs before you leave the house, you
must avoid this routine in order to
disassociate your dog from your coming
and leaving. This way, your dog will not
take as much notice when you leave.
Take 10-15 minutes to ignore your dog
when you get home and, as tough as
this may be to do, do not give in when
they’re making sad noises.

REDUCING YOUR DOG’S SEPARATION ANXIETY
• If your dog grows restless the moment you step out of your door,
practice leaving the house for a short time and then come back.
Seeing you coming back shortly after you leave changes your dog’s
expectations of how long you’ll be gone and when you’ll return. This
begins to ease their anxiety until they become used to you leaving
the house for longer periods of time.
• Some people may think that this kind of training is a bit harsh as it
involves withholding some affection from your dog even if they are
practically begging for it at times.
• However, the complete opposite is true. Only by using this type of
dog training technique from the very beginning can you really help
your dog ease his anxiety and experience emotional comfort while
you are away.
• And remember that reducing or eliminating dog separation anxiety is
one of the healthiest gifts you can give both your dog and yourself.

REDUCING YOUR DOG’S SEPARATION
ANXIETY


An important note: prolonged, severe,
and stubborn anxiety problems need to
be addressed with care and given special
attention – most preferably with the
help of a professional such as your
veterinarian or a professional dog
trainer. Many times, though, by
following the simple techniques above
and sticking to the concept of reducing
your dog’s feelings of abandonment
when you leave the home, the issue of
dog separation anxiety can be resolved
very effectively.


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