Dog Training Video on Separation Anxiety
These tips will support you in helping your dog with separation.
Unfortunately, we can't be with our dogs 24/7, there will be times we have to leave them to go to work, to pop to the shops, or even in an emergency.
We generally recommend not to leave dogs any longer than four hours in any one go. So, what are the signs of separation anxiety?
You might find you're coming home to destruction and your dog has chewed things that you'd rather they wouldn't, you might have complaints from neighbours about your dog vocalising, or you might hear them barking or howling as you leave or as you return, or you might find your dog has toileted when they've been left alone when they're otherwise toilet trained.
So, what can you do to help?
First of all you need to establish the cause - is your dog scared or are they just bored? Make sure your dog is getting enough physical and mental stimulation and make sure they're not being left for any longer than a social species would be expected to cope alone.
Teach your dog to settle when you are at home with them. Install a baby gate at home and teach your dog to settle with a barrier between you.
Never leave your dog for any longer than they can cope.
Try a dog appeasing pheromone to help them feel more secure. Gradually build up the length of time that they're separated from you.
If you're still having problems it's really important to speak to your vet. Changing emotional responses takes time - as with all training, patience and consistency is key.
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