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Tips on How to Handle Separation Anxiety in Dogs

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Separation anxiety is a pretty serious matter not only for your dog but for you, too! At first, you start stressing about whether your neighbours will be mad about all the barking. Then, you worry if the dog is going to make a mess out of your place while you’re gone. Finally, you feel bad that the dog is anxious in the first place.

Today, we’ll share with you some tips that can help you overcome your dog’s separation anxiety problem.

Try talking with a professional trainer or your dog’s vet

Seeking advice from a professional isn’t usually the first resort, but in some cases, it is the right thing to do. A vet might prescribe medication to temporarily fight your dog's anxiety. Also, you might want to work with a professional trainer. They might be able to come up with a strategy on training your dog to deal with being left alone better.

Know what acts as a “trigger”

In order to cure something, you must know the cause, right? That’s why you must learn what triggers your dog’s anxious behavior. It might be the sound of the keys when you pick them up. Or, it might be the moment when you start preparing to go to work. Try to pinpoint the triggers and then work towards making them less powerful until they stop triggering the anxiety completely.

Tire the dog out!

We must note that physical exercise isn’t going to magically solve your problem, but it can be pretty efficient in reducing it. If you try hard to wear your dog down with exercise, it’ll take your absence as a chance to rest.

  • Take your dog for a long walk.
  • Make sure you give them many chew toys.
  • Try to leave treats so that the dog can get them while you’re gone.
Set an example

This is a very important piece of advice — you need to be calm about leaving. You should never be the one to become emotional about it. You probably feel sorry for the dog. Well, don’t be! Or, at least, don’t show that you’re sad about leaving. The more anxiety you show, the worse it will feel! So, make sure you’re the one to set an example for your dog.

Separation anxiety is rarely that big of an issue, and it’s something you can easily overcome. However, if your dog shows signs of serious destructive behaviour, we’d recommend talking to a professional. Nevertheless, we certainly hope you’ll benefit from the advice we shared today!

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