Separation Anxiety

You can’t leave the house! You can’t even pick up your car keys or put on your coat. Doing so will send your dog into a panicked frenzy. If you do leave, even for a short time, your dog may bark, chew, soil, or attempt to escape.

There are many possible causes for separation anxiety including genetics, early learning and owner behavior. Your dog is a social animal that relies on the pack for protection. Dogs that lack proper socialization and training, or a history of abandonment or unusually long confinement are more likely to exhibit this type of behavior.

There are steps you can take to lessen your dog’s discomfort.

Never say good-bye.
When you’re going to leave don’t make a fuss. Just walk out the door. Leave the hugs and kisses for when you return.

Crate Train Your Dog
A pet crate, when properly introduced, can become your pets favorite place. Dogs are denning animals and enjoy the safety and security of a closed space. Crating your dog will also ensure that you return to an undamaged house.

Leave him a favorite toy
Save a favorite play toy for your away time. Give it to your pet just before you leave. Keep it out of sight the rest of the time.

Leave the TV On
Tune the TV to an animal channel. The sounds will keep your dog company.

Change your exit routine.
If picking up your car keys signals anxiety for your dog, pick them up routinely throughout the day when you are not leaving. Move them from room to room making them jingle. Practice leaving and come right back in the house. Do this repeated timed to de-sensitize your dog to the routine.

Obedience train your dog.
Enroll you and your dog in group obedience classes. Working with other dogs and learning what is expected of him will not only socialize him better, but will give him more confidence.

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