- 5 minutes before leaving and entering the house pay your dog no attention – DON’T make you leaving the house and returning home a big deal.
- Instead of giving your dog breakfast as normal, give him/her dry food in a large kong. Do this 5 minutes before leaving. This can keep your dog stay distracted and has something to interact with.
- Leave an old item of clothing either in your dogs bed or on your sofa etc that smells like you to comfort him/her. Even leave your dog with a pile of dirty laundry (your smell comforts him/her as this is separation anxiety).
- React calmly to anxiety attacks. Remember the bigger your reaction the more he/she believes there is a reason to be anxious.
- Don’t scold dog for any damage they may have done, he/she is already in an anxious mode and is behaving this way because your dog wants you to come home.
- Ensure your dog has “interactive” toys like kongs. Over 80% of single dogs don’t play with toys when left alone. So ensure they are either interactive or bones your really enjoys chewing. When home, remove these particular interactive toys/treats/bones. Your dog
- must see these items as a treat for when you leave the house, something to look forward to.
It is common for many dogs of all ages to suffer from separation anxiety. This can cause a lot of concern for owners and even damage to their property. There are behavioural modification you can do though to ease your dog’s anxiety.