Dog parents all over the world know that our dogs are heartbroken when we leave them alone at home. We’re heartbroken too, after all, even we suffer from separation anxiety.
Dogs can sometimes express their feelings by shredding everything in the house – from carpets to furniture, to walls and pillows… everything. It’s not their fault, they’re just suffering from separation anxiety, but there are some things we can do to help them deal with the situation better. Here are some ways to help your dog deal with separation anxiety. Here’s Part 1, in case you missed it!
1. Leave Behind Delicious Treat
Your dog needs to learn to associate your leaving with a delicious treat. You could try leave them with a delicious treat every time you leave the house for a few hours. Your dog should be occupied for a good 30 minutes, so it’s best to use food puzzles to keep them entertained. Soon he’s going to be less anxious about you leaving and more looking forward to a delicious treat.
2. Know Your Dog’s Anxiety Triggers
If your dog gets anxious when you wear your coat or jingle your keys its because they know you’re about to leave them for a few hours. In order to prevent them from becoming anxious, wear your coat and shoes and sit for an hour or two watching TV, or grab your keys and stick around at home for half an hour before you leave.
3. Getting Your Dog Used To Staying Alone For A Few Hours
Never leave your dog alone for several hours without letting them get used to being alone for several hours. Start by leaving them alone for 5 minutes and gradually increase the time. This way you’ll allow them to get used to you not being there for a few hours.
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