How to deal with the separation anxiety in dogs

When you left your pet, it can be frustrated. In fact, some dogs can feel frustrated while left on their own. In order to comprehend what your et is really feeling, you have to look over the reasons behind its frustration. It is only after that you can see how to cope with the problem.

Causes of separation-related behavior

There are some pets that have some strange separation-related behaviours as a result of boredom caused to lack of appropriate physical and mental stimulation. But some dogs may suffer from a deep-rooted anxiety. It generally happens to dogs that are emotionally attached to someone that goes away. As a consequence, the animal may feel fear, frustration and anxiety too.

If you really want to implement the right raining to your companion in order to improve their behavior, you have to understand the main causes of the problem. The thing is that not all the dog may adopt the same attitude in front of the same situation. Always remember that each dog is unique as individual and it needs a specific training.  You just have to take the dog’s limit into account so that you can reduce oxidative stress and the stress level it may have.

If you recognize he signs of stress and you know how to manage stress levels, you can make sure that your dog will be happy. Among the main signs that may show that your dog is stressed, there are the excessive panting, the tail between legs, the lip licking, the ears pinned back, the paw raises but also the yawning and the pacing.

Guees what causes the anxiety

To know the real causes of triggers for separation related behaviours of your dog can be complex, because the majority of behaviour occurs while your dog is left alone, but not when it’s with you. So if you want to know what happens when you are not here, you’d better set up a camera that will help you to see what it is dog is doing when you’re not with it.

This way, you will easily identify the special environmental tips that may be contributing to your dog’s reaction. For example, there can have the sound of people that passes the house, the cars and trucks but also the sound of the neighbour’s dog.

Start the training

To begin with, you will have to search for the time when your dog is happy to be left on their own. You can try this by leaving the room and shutting the door behind you. You can also use a baby gate to prevent it from getting out with you. At this time, pay close attention to your dog’s stress and observe any of the first signs that it may show. When you have identified how long your dog is happy to be alone for, you can start to practice leaving them, using this period time first.

Help it to develop more confidence

If your dog is fearful and anxious it is not with you, it can derive from a problem with their confidence. Exactly like humans, the more we reward our dogs and increase their confidence the happier they will be to be left alone.

But you can also reduce your dog’s anxiety by training him with some classic training to help increase its self-confidence. For example, you can teach it fun new tricks or practice behaviours they already know such as sit, down or paw.  Each time it shows an independent behavior, try to give it some reward. A gentle praise or a snack can be enough.

Build its independence

If the anxiety of your dog emerges even when it is left alone only for a short period of time, it is on its independence that you should work on. Once it will learn how to settle alone, it will increasingly gain in independence. In order to fulfill that training, you can fill a food toy such as a Kong and put it by your feet while you are watching TV. If you do that for few weeks, it will gradually place it further away from you. Behind that training, your dog will know how settle down and manage different activities without you.

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