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Dogs With Separation Anxiety

Dogs With Separation AnxietyIf you have a dog, it probably goes through separation anxiety when you are not around. A dog with separation anxiety starts to panic when it is left alone which can have your dog cause destruction to your belongings and taking a toll on the dog’s physical and mental health. When your dog digs in your backyard or urinates on your rug it is not revenge for being left alone; it is because the dog is bored or it is in a state of panic. The solution to this problem is dog training for separation anxiety.

The Causes of Separation Anxiety

A traumatic experience can cause your dog’s separation anxiety, maybe the dog once got lost in unfamiliar surroundings or a major earthquake occurred
time in the dog’s life. A death in the household, a person or another pet, can sometimes trigger the separation anxiety. Some breeds of dogs are just genetically predisposed, and it is unavoidable.

What Does Separation Anxiety Look Like?

When you are not at home, a dog with separation can do one or more of the following things:

-Constant, whining, barking, or howlingDogs With Separation Anxiety

-Chewing furniture or pillows, destroying plants, scratching at windows and doors

-Defecating or urinating indoors

-Intense pacing

-Trying to escape a crate or room causing self-injury

-Excessive panting or dilated pupils

Dog Training for Separation Anxiety

If you are starting with a puppy, you are in luck. When you have a dog early on in its life, you can teach the dog that your departure is a good thing:

-Try leaving Kongs stuffed with cottage cheese or peanut butter for the dog to dig into when you leave

-Leave small treats hidden in the dog’s crate or around the house. Tuck the dog’s toys in places where it knows to search. That will give the dog something to do and helps to eliminate boredom

-Make the dog tired. Make sure that your dog receives a lot of mental and physical exercise and that you spend time with the dog. When you leave, your dog will be content to relax or sleep

Using a Crate for Dog Training

A crate can be utilized as a great dog training tool for dogs with separation anxiety. A dog who has been properly introduced to its crate tends to feel secure and safe in it. There are cases of dogs feeling more secure in their crate rather than in a big open house. Every dog is different, though, so it is important to observe what options comfort your dog more.

In conclusion, unfortunately, there is not much you can do for a dog that has separation anxiety. If you are going to leave your dog alone and are worried about doing so, it is a good idea to put your dog in dog boarding. That is where TLC Pet Boarding comes in. The best way to take care of your dog that has separation anxiety is not to leave your dog alone. That way, your dog will not get bored or anxious, thus relieving any stresses that the dog might have. TLC Pet Boarding is prepared to take care of your dog with separation anxiety not only by keeping it occupied but also with proper dog training. You can count on us!