Do you often find yourself in a situation when you just can’t get enough of your furry friend? Now, imagine the same happening with your pet all the time. That might not be a big deal for you, but it is definitely in the doggie world. Yes, separation anxiety is very real.
Dogs love to be pampered, ALL THE TIME. If you are raising a puppy, then it is very normal for you to deal with some behavioral issues and of such is separation anxiety. According to prominent vets, separation anxiety is mostly found in young dogs. For those who aren’t familiar with the condition, it means that your fur baby isn’t comfortable being left alone for long periods of time.
Before we dive into how to help your pup cope with separation anxiety, it is very important for the parents to know that PLEASE don’t punish your dog for chewing or soiling your rugs or cushions while you are away because it might be bad behavior for you but a coping mechanism for your pet, so relax and tackle the situation patiently. Anyway, without further ado, let’s get started with some tips that can help dogs deal with separation anxiety.
Discourage clingy behavior
Pups tend to cling to their parents and want their mommies and daddies to stay and cuddle with them literally every time. And you being you just want to sniff and snuggle with your pet whenever you get a chance. That’s where the problem begins. Try developing independence by allowing your dog to stay in his kennel or in another room even if you are at home. Yeah! We know it’s a bit tough to resist those cute puppy eyes, but it is for his own good. This will help your pup battle excessive attachment.
Eventually, once your doggo gets used to your absence, you can start leaving for longer periods, and your pup will be just fine.
Keep them entertained with treats and games.
The best way to reinforce good behavior in your pup is to keep him entertained with treats and games. For instance, try offering treats that your dog loves such as bully sticks for dogs or beef jerky whenever you come back home after working hours. This will create a positive impression in your pup’s mind that you will come bearing gifts.
Also, before you leave your dog home alone, you can keep him busy by letting him play with his favorite toys and games. This will not only keep your pup entertained while you are gone but will also channel the energy in the right direction. That’s what you always wanted. Right? Something to keep his mind from missing his parents.
Start with low-key departures and arrivals.
Dog parents tend to create a huge fuss about leaving or entering the home, and that can create a wrong impression in your pet’s mind that you are too happy to meet and too sad to leave him. And that will just worsen the situation.
Yes, you read that right! You don’t have to make a big deal when you leave or return to your pet. Try portraying that the time apart isn’t a big deal and swap your “goodbye” with “we’ll meet soon,” and you are good to go.
To sum it all up
Young dogs are needy. All they want is to cuddle, snuggle and play with you. That might feel cute at first but could be a huge problem for you afterward. So, use the tips mentioned above and help your pup cope with separation anxiety with lots of love and firm training sessions.