Are you always feeling apprehensive about what your dog is going to do when you are away from home for any reasonable period of time? If your pet destroys things and even attempts to hurt herself then you may need to pay a little close attention to this article on dog separation anxiety. Have you returned home to find that your dog chewed up furniture, shoes, pillows? Does she poop inside the house? Have you received reports that your dog barks persistently when you are away? If these happen with your pet then you most likely have a case of a dog behavioral problem known as separation anxiety on your hands.
Identifying the problem is one thing whilst handling it is another. Some pet parents wrongly conclude that their dog is being disobedient or has gone bad whereas others resort to punishment to whip the animal into line.These methods almost always fails to achieve desired results. The problem is that the dog is being anxious due to the absence of it’s owner and this is rooted in the psychology of the animal.It would require a commitment to showing understanding as well as giving more love and determination to help your pal overcome her behavioral challenges.
Step By Step Program To Ease Dog Separation Anxiety
The excellent program from the MSPCA described below will help you teach your dog to be okay when she is alone. Have patience. It often takes several weeks or months for dogs to completely get over separation issues. Crate training is an option, however, some dogs that are anxious when alone are more anxious in a crate. If you decide to crate train your dog make sure you put time into conditioning her to absolutely LOVE being in the crate before you leave her in there for the day.
Daily training sessions will help to build your dog’s confidence. Have at least one or two five-minute training sessions every day where you work on basic commands (sit, down, come, stay) and/or tricks (spin, shake, speak, roll-over). Remember – training should ALWAYS be positive, especially with anxious dogs. Use food treats as rewards (not as bribes). Performing behaviors on cue for food treats is a great way to build self-confidence in your dog.