Dog separation anxiety happens when your dog becomes stressed every time he or she is left alone. Usually the dog paces, whines, chews, or scratches doors and windowsills. They make housebreaking mistakes, bark and exhibit any other attention-seeking behavior. In reality, it doesn’t matter if you’re gone for five minutes or five hours, your dog stresses the moment you leave…
You definitely want to avoid emotional departures and homecomings. You have to convince your dog that when you leave, and you come back… no big deal! What you want to do is ignore your dog for 5-10mins before leaving and after returning to your home. In addition, when you do greet Fido try to make sure he remains calm. Slow petting can help your dog to remain calm.
You definitely want to crate train your dog with separation anxiety. You have to teach him to be content in his crate. Use positive reinforcement by dropping little treats or pieces of dog food in the crate. Gradually increasing the period of separation as your puppy learns to cope.
Engage in a multitude of positive interactions with your dog with separation anxiety. These interactions should consist of a healthy balance of activities like, walks, training, play, and affection. Constantly showering Fido with un-earned affection and treats does not provide emotional balance, and deteriorates pack structure. Have your dog earn affection by sitting nicely, waiting patiently, or performing various commands.
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