When Your Dog Suffers From Separation Anxiety....
Separation anxiety can be a stressful and challenging issue for both dogs and their owners. Here are some tips and tools that may help your dog to better deal with separation anxiety:
- Gradually increase separation time: Start by leaving your dog alone for a few minutes and gradually increase the time you spend away from them. This will help your dog get used to being alone and reduce their anxiety.
- Create a calm environment: Create a calm and comfortable environment for your dog by leaving soft music or white noise on in the background. Consider using a crate or designated area for your dog when you are not home.
- Establish a routine: If possible, establish a consistent routine for your dog that includes regular exercise, feeding, and of course, playtime! This regularity will help your dog feel more secure and less anxious.
- Use positive reinforcement: Reward your dog with treats, calm and gentle praise, and attention when they remain calm during separation. This will help reinforce positive behavior and reduce anxiety.
- Avoid reinforcing anxious behavior: Avoid rewarding anxious behavior, such as excessive barking or destructive behavior. Instead, try to redirect your dog's attention to a calm activity or toy.
- Consider seeking professional help: In severe cases, consider seeking the help of a professional dog trainer or behaviorist who can provide additional guidance and support.
- For extended time away, consider a doggy day care or playgroup or explore boarding options with a local trainer.
- Talk over medication options with your vet. There may be both homeopathic and other vet recommened options that may help soothe your dog while you are away when the other methods are not working.
Remember, dealing with separation anxiety takes patience and consistency. According to the experts at the American Kennel Club, there is a high success rate in helping dogs overcome the stress of being left alone. With the right approach, you can help your dog become more confident and comfortable when left alone.
As always, chews happiness!