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Causes of Separation Anxiety
A dog may experience separation anxiety. The first thing to consider for a new puppy is the fact that they are going through a lot of life changes at once: leaving siblings and a mother, going to a new home, living with new humans who may look and smell different. If you suddenly find yourself in a new home with people you don’t know, you may act a little out of place.
It is not unusual for your puppy to whine, bark, and be a bit nervous when left alone until they are comfortable with their new family. It doesn’t mean you should wait and see if the symptoms improve. This is an issue that is easier to prevent than it is to treat, so it is important for a pet parent to take steps to make sure the symptoms don’t develop into separation anxiety.
Other changes, such as a new person added to the home or a regular member of the household suddenly leaving, can also cause these symptoms.
An altered schedule can cause separation anxiety in your puppy, especially if you bring your puppy home during a break when you had lots of time to spend together such as a holiday or summer vacation, and then you go back to work or school without training your puppy to remain calm when left alone.
Here Are Five Tips to Help Ease Separation Anxiety
Take your dog for a walk before you leave the house.
Take your dog for a walk. To make the walk even more difficult, use a dog backpack. Reward your dog with food and water. All dogs can benefit from hydration. While you are away, leave your dog in a resting state.
No eye contact, no touch, no talk.
Don’t make a big deal when you leave or come back. You are telling your dog that the time apart is unimportant. It is business as usual. Depending on the severity of the dog’s anxiety, you may need to practice the rule for up to an hour before you leave. When you get back.
Say goodbye to your dog before you leave.
It’s hard to practice “no touch, no talk, no eye contact”. Tell your dog that you will miss him before you leave. This display is for you, not your dog. Your dog won’t be hurt if you don’t say goodbye.
Stay calm and assertive!
Leave the guilty, nervous, and concerned feelings behind when you are ready to go to work. Let your dog know that everything is going to be okay by projecting the confident energy of a pack leader. Separation anxiety in dogs can be alleviated by a calm and assertive leader.
Leave your dog alone for five minutes.
Leave your dog alone for five minutes and then for twenty minutes and an hour. Continue to increase the amount of time you spend away until you can leave for eight hours without any dog problems.
Leave your dog with an audiobook.
Studies show that audiobooks can calm dogs and reduce their separation anxiety. The sound of a human voice can help reduce stress.
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Comfort Place and Attention
When you leave, your dog needs a place to stay. Praise and reward her when she goes to her bed. When she is lying in her bed, give her lots of attention and love. You should make this the only place where she gets this kind of attention while going through this program. She will find it comforting to be in her bed.
Do not give your dog attention when she demands it. She will pet your hand if you ignore her. Give her your attention, not hers.
velcro dogs are often referred to as separation anxiety dogs because they follow their owners everywhere. Break this bond is the first step in treating anxiety separation. This is hard for some people, but remember, you are trying to reduce the anxiety your dog feels when she is alone, and this is the first step.
If your dog can’t be alone in another room when you are home, you can’t expect her to feel okay about being alone in the house. Make her stay in one room while you are in another to discourage her from following you around the house.
You must start slowly to teach a solid down. If you want to give your dog a food treat, start slowly increasing the time she must stay there. At first, add time in seconds. She will stay in a down for 30 seconds. You will be able to leave the room when you move one step away from her. She needs to return before she gets upset. If she gets upset and you return to her, you are reinforcing anxious behavior. Go back to nine steps away if she gets upset.
If your dog loves her crate, put her in a room, shut the door, and leave the room for a short time. Slowly increase the time you are out of the room, starting with a few seconds.
Before you leave, give her a stuffed Kong toy.
There are no words for it. She will start to associate it with her anxiety if you only give it to her during the exercises. If we can get her to eat and play with the toy when you are gone, she will be less anxious.