When to start separation training puppy?

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Finding the threshold

I have seen owners struggle with anxiety separation training. Why? Many start past the dog’s threshold.

Within 10 seconds of you walking out of the house, your dog will start to panic. Your dog is already in panic mode if anything more than that.

Find your dog’s threshold for separation.

You can use a free app or a wireless device to leave the house if you set up a camera. You can watch your dog’s behavior on a mobile device.

There is a As you close the door, start a stopwatch and watch your device as you walk far enough away so that your dog can’t hear or see you. When you leave, take note of what he does. If you notice pacing, circling, whining, barking, howling, digging, yawning, jumping on the door, urination/defecation, lip licking, and other signs of fear or discomfort, watch for it.

Continue to watch for 5 to 10 minutes. Taking detailed notes while you are away will allow you to see the full range of your dog’s behavior.

There is a It takes a long time for these anxious behaviors to start, no matter when you close the door or leave. Are you at your threshold several minutes after?

Gradual desensitization

If you know your dog’s threshold, you can begin to desensitize them to longer and longer absences.

In a period of time up to 30 minutes, practice going to the door and stepping outside the house. If my dog started to panic when I walked out the door, I might start with the steps below.

Walk to the door and open it. Do not step outside. Walk away from the door.

Step outside and close the door behind you. Return immediately.

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Go to door and turn it. Do not open it. Release and walk away.

If you want to do something “natural” like watching a minute of T.V. or washing a dish, stop for at least a minute between steps.

Don’t give your dog too much love during your pauses. You don’t want to ignore them completely, but sitting down for a play session between steps is going to make your next step more difficult.

Pre-departure cues

If your dog is able to be alone for a few minutes before they start to panic, you can be sure that they are aware that you are leaving.

desensitizing your dog to the little things before you walk out the door is a part of getting your dog comfortable with your absence. Actions like this are called pre-departure cues.

Put your shoes on.

Pick up your keys.

The door needs to be locked.

Some pre-departure signs may scare your dog more than others.

When you begin working them into your training, be sure to only add one per day. It will be easier for you to identify the cues that cause your dog’s anxiety.

If you have had a couple of days with the previous cue, you will want to hold off on adding a new one.

Finding the threshold

I have seen owners struggle with anxiety separation training. Why? Many start past the dog’s threshold.

Within 10 seconds of you walking out of the house, your dog will start to panic. Your dog is already in panic mode if anything more than that.

Find your dog’s threshold for separation.

You can use a free app or a wireless device to leave the house if you set up a camera. Your dog can be watched on a mobile device.

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There is a As you close the door, start a stopwatch and watch your device as you walk far enough away so that your dog can’t hear or see you. When you leave, take note of what he does. If you notice pacing, circling, whining, barking, howling, digging, yawning, jumping on the door, urination/defecation, lip licking, and other signs of fear or discomfort, watch for it.

Continue to watch for 5 to 10 minutes. Taking detailed notes while you are away will allow you to see the full range of your dog’s behavior.

There is a Whether it is the moment you close the door or before you leave, it takes a long time for these anxious behaviours to start. Are you at your threshold several minutes after?

Gradual desensitization

If you know your dog’s threshold, you can begin to desensitize them to longer and longer absences.

In a period of time up to 30 minutes, practice going to the door and stepping outside the house. If my dog started to panic when I walked out the door, I might start with the steps below.

Walk to the door and open it. Do not step outside. Walk away from the door.

Step outside and close the door behind you. Return immediately.

Go to the door and turn it. Do not open it. Release and walk away.

If you want to do something “natural” like watching a minute of T.V. or washing a dish, stop for at least a minute between steps.

Don’t give your dog too much love during your pauses. You don’t want to ignore them completely, but sitting down for a play session between steps is going to make your next step more difficult.

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