Dealing with Separation anxiety

Dogs are animals that are ingrained to live all their lives in a pack and hence they long for companionship and togetherness. They can’t help it, this is how god made them.

If they can’t get that companionship, they tend to go into a dangerous situation called separation anxiety.

The symptoms are:
Eating shoes, pillows.
Digging up things
Normal things which you may relate to bad behaviour.

But this can be something severe.

So read on how to deal with your dog’s separation anxiety:

Departure cues:

This is where you get your dog to be comfortable with departure cues, so he doesn’t feel uncomfortable.

You can start by dressing up as you do before going away, then stuffing things in your suitcase and then leaving the house only to come back in few minutes.

Dealing with these first few minutes is very important as this is where the anxiety kicks in.

Rewarding him:

Just when you are about to leave, give your pet a small reward like a sweet to make him associate the separation with a reward.

Or you can get him a toy he can play with. Make sure you choose something he can’t eat and choke on it.

Or a food puzzle that will keep him busy.

Make sure whatever you do, develops into a routine so he associates your going away with good things that happen to him. Or he doesnt get the time to think of the fact that he is alone.

Return:

And when you return, make sure it is not a fanfare.
This is to imbibe to your dog that your going away and return is a normal thing and he gets accustomed to it.

Final words:

If the severity of separation anxiety is too high, make sure you consult a dog behaviourist as soon as possible.

Your dog learning to live as an independent animal in your absence is a key part of him growing up.