My dog suffers from separation anxiety. Do you have some tips to help me get it under control?
Having fostered a dog with separation anxiety, I know how challenging it is. There are some tips that can help. Go through the motions of leaving (put your shoes and coat on, pick up car keys) but don’t actually go anywhere so your dog learns to ignore these cues. Make your departures very low key, and don’t get all excited to see your dog when you return. Train your dog to get used to your departures by going out the door for a few seconds then returning. As they learn to cope with this, you can gradually increase the time you’re away. A comfortable den or “safe place” can help to make your dog feel secure. Adaptil collars contain pheromones which may ease anxiety. Food dispensing toys such as the Kong Wobbler will keep your dog busy when you’re away. Some dogs benefit from music or the sounds of the television.
Separation anxiety is distressing for both your dog and you, and there’s no one fix for all dogs, they’re all individuals. You’ll get the best results by seeing a veterinary behaviorist who can prescribe medication to reduce anxiety and design a behavior modification training plan that’s suitable for your pooch.
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