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Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Among all the dog problems, separation anxiety is one of the most discussed and most asked behavior issue when it comes to dogs.

It is because separation anxiety makes dogs do the worst of things just because they can’t understand the way they feel whenever their owners leave them at home.

That’s why today, we are going to discuss the roots of separation anxiety and how to deal with this recurring problem.

What Is Separation Anxiety?

Separation Anxiety is a condition where dogs feel stressed or upset when they see their owners leaving them or when they are left alone by themselves.

This leads to different reactions such destructive behavior. Noted destructive behaviors caused by separation anxiety includes excessive chewing, anti-social behaviors, soiling, etc.

What Are The Causes of Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety is brought on by many factors but the most notable of these is stressful situations such as unanticipated changes in the home and departures.

Dogs get anxious when there are sudden changes in the home such as a new dog or moving to another house. They also get stressed when their owners leave them suddenly or they make it obvious that they’re leaving them alone inside the house.

These things trigger their negative feelings that lead to unwanted behavior. If left unnoticed, these behaviors may escalate and lead to more complications.

How Do You Prevent Dogs from Having Separation Anxiety?

Separation Anxiety is not an incurable issue in dogs. The trick is to address the issue before it happens. Here are 3 steps you can use to prevent separation anxiety in your dogs.

1. Train your dogs to go inside the crate

Crates are there for a reason. They are made to ensure the safety of your dog and your valuables around the house. Moreover, crates are spaces where you can train your dogs to be familiar with the crate as it is where they’ll go when you’re going out for work. To know more about Crate Training, you can follow the steps here.

2. Be unpredictable in your departure routines

Dogs can easily spot patterns so if you see them get anxious when you put on your tie, then it means they’ve already figured out you’re leaving. Play with their imaginations by staging “fake” departures and they’ll start disregarding you the next time you leave for work.

3. Distract them using dog toys

Dog toys are effective tools you can use to distract your dog’s attention when you’re readying yourself to leave.  Take out that Kong and fill it up with your dog’s favorite treats. Throw it a good 5 to 10 minutes before you leave so you can make sure that your dog doesn’t see you dash out the door.

Separation anxiety is a negative feeling dogs have whenever they feel alone. Dogs can’t help feeling this as they are emotionally and physically attached to you, their owner.

So, make sure you address their feelings well and take out their discomfort by doing the necessary steps to make them feel at ease with themselves when you leave them alone.

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About Cliff Santos

Dog Trainer, animal lover, entrepreneur, co-founder and former owner of a successful dog training company, and founder of Dog Training on Demand. On a mission to bring dog training back to balance and, help you live the life you envision with your dog, while putting a smile on your face along the way. Find me on: Google+ , Twitter ; Find DTOD on: Google+ , Twitter - See more at: DogTrainingOnDemand.com

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