Canine Training: Separation Anxiety

separation anxiety

It is very common to leave home leaving back a dog with begging look that scratches the door. It even more common to come back and find plenty of damages, like the toilet paper done shattered, the shoes out of place, unmade bed, or worse, all your furniture bitten!

 

Urine, splinters, even pillow guts, all these things you can find when you go back home if we haven’t known how to avoid separation anxiety… How can we avoid it? Easy. With some Canine Training and very firmly.

 

The first step to avoid the Separation Anxiety usually the most difficult. Oh! okay, comes home a dog and everybody wants to pamper him and be by his side, Why not! At every hour we chase it, we have it near to us, we stroke him and we say lovely things. Of course, he loves it  and us, and if that could be like that always it would be great, but the reality is that human beings have lives outside, whether to work , go out with friends. Whatever the reason, after a while you have been with our puppy against your heels and suddenly we leave him alone, literally  we abandon them during a time that is eternal  for him even if it were five minutes. Clearly, he is used to be always with you, What you have to do now with this change you don’t like?

 

So the first step is, no matter what, giving your dog his space and  have our own. Leave a space  only for him and another one only for yourself, where he cannot enter. If he knows he can’t be with you is no trauma, if he is used to stay by its own in his house or bed or special room for him, your absence will not cause anxiety.

 

How can you get this space?  Remaining calm, and this is essential, without altering the dog or anything take him to a room where he has some toys he likes and close the door with you outside. They must be short periods of time and you must open  the door when he is NOT scratching or barking. Repeat this several times a day until it doesn’t bother him being there a while. He will learn to relax when he is alone,entertaining with his toys. Then start to go out of the house for short periods and you prolong them. Five, ten, fifteen minutes… So he will get used to your outings takes what it takes. But, I repeat, always with his toys in hand and also water.

Being alone  at home must be something positive for him, not suffering from the Separation Anxiety. It must mean a time to be calm, chewing  his toys, sleeping. give him some toys when you leave, so he can entertain, but don’t give him the same one, you don’t want him to associate it. A very useful tool so he can entertain is a toy in form of a ball or bone in which you can put chewy things inside it, so that the dog can bit and play with it by taking out the treats… It is entertainment that can last for hours and keep him with his mind busy

 

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