Suggestions to Help Your Dog Deal with Separation Anxiety

Guest Blog By Aimee Laurence

6 Tips To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

If you have a dog, you’ve probably at some point experienced them running around and jumping, overfull of energy and excitement at your return to the house after work. However, do you also notice that they chewed through your shoes during the day? Or that your neighbors report your dog was barking and howling all day? If that’s the case, it’s quite possible your dog has separation anxiety.

It's not normal that dogs are away from their pack, and it doesn’t happen in nature, that’s why they can get stressed. Some of the most frequent ways dogs show separation anxiety when their owners are away is by digging or scratching at the door or window, showing an attempt to reunite with the owner, chewing to a destructive extent, howling or barking, and urinating or defecating.

This is caused by different reasons and could happen in some dogs only and not others. You might notice it if your dog is left alone for the first time, or being left alone after a lot of human contact. They may also experience this when they have a traumatic event happen to them, like spending time in a shelter or kennel. It could also be caused by a change in routine at the house, such as a family member moving out or another pet dying.

The good news is, there are some things you can do to help your dog handle their separation anxiety, like treating arrivals and departures like minor things, not big events. You can also leave some clothes at home that smell like you. Use the same word every time that lets your dog know you’ll be back, and more.

Here, we explore 5 useful tips that you can try with your dog.

1. Go for a walk.

If you’ll be away for a while, take your dog for a walk before you leave in the morning. Joshua Whittle, a pet blogger at SA Writing Services and Assignment Help, says to “make sure it’s vigorous and brisk and then be sure to reward your dog after when they are calmer and tired, with food and water. That means your dog will have used up a lot of energy and will spend your time away quiet and resting.”

 

2. Treat arrivals and departures calmly.

As previously mentioned, you need to make the departure at the start of the day and the return some average, calm moments. You don’t need to make a big deal of it or your dog will start thinking that time apart is a big deal. That means when you return, don’t touch your dog, talk to them, or make eye contact, for at least a few minutes, and up to an hour if their separation anxiety is stronger.

 

3. Say goodbye a while before you leave.

If you find that you’re struggling with the last rule, you can share affection and say goodbye to your dog a while before you leave. This is only for you though, as your dog won’t realize it if you leave without saying goodbye.

 

4. Be calm.

When it’s time to leave, you have to be calm and avoid feeling guilt or anxiety at leaving your pet behind. Yes, you may be concerned but you don’t want the dog to feel that too. Kelly Jones, a writer at State Of Writing and Revieweal, says to “let them know everything will be fine by showing the similar confident and assertive behavior of a pack leader. This will ease the anxiety at separation that your dog might be feeling.”

 

5. Start with shorter departures.

When you’re just starting out getting to know your dog, you want to start small by leaving for only five minutes. Then, you can leave for a bit longer, like a half-hour, eventually working up to an hour. Keep increasing the time you’re away in small increments until you feel like you can leave for a full workday without your dog feeling anxious.

 

6. Play an audiobook.

Audiobooks can actually calm your dog and help them feel less separation anxiety. Hearing the sound of a human voice in the house will make them feel better about you being away. If other tactics didn’t work, this may be a good place to start.

Author Bio:
 
Aimee Laurence, a tutor with
State Of Writing and UK essay writing services, shares her lifestyle and pet tips with her readers.

She’s a dog lover who will spend hours hiking in the mountains with her two rescue dogs, Shaffer and William.

Aimee also works in HR as a freelancer for the platform Essay Help Services.

 

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