5 Ways to Ease Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety!
8 May, 2017
Guest Blog by James Green
For the majority of dog owners, being out of the house for prolonged periods of time is the norm. For those dog owners that aren’t able to bring their precious Fido’s along with them to work, many of them are faced with the dilemma, agony and distress of having to leave a dog that suffers from separation anxiety at home all alone.
If you ever find yourself in this situation, here are 5 tips that will help to put an end to your dog’s separation anxiety with a little bit of commitment and consistency on your part.
1) Exercise: One of the most basic, yet most effective, methods you can apply to put an end to your dog’s separation anxiety when you’re away from home is giving them the proper exercise they need beforehand.
By giving your dog a demanding session of exercise before you head out of the house, you’ll end up depleting your dog of energy for the rest of the day so that they don’t even have any energy left to bark, go on a destruction spree around the house or do whatever else they usually do to voice their frustration because you’re not home.
As the saying goes, a tired dog is a good dog!
2) Toys Galore: Since you are your dog’s best friend, you know more than anyone else what kind of toys they like to play with, what “clicks their buttons” and what items around the house entertain them the most.
Before you head out of the house, make sure you’ve left those toys and items in a place that’s easily accessible for your dog to play around with and entertain themselves by themselves till you’re back home.
3) Cut The Drama: Dog trainers suggest that one of the worst things a dog owner could ever do to a dog that has separation anxiety is making a big issue out of things before they head outside the house.
A simple goodbye turns into 10 minutes of one huge affection show that seems to never end, which does nothing for your dog but help worsen their anxiety case.
Instead of all of this, don’t make a huge scene and just say a gentle but loving goodbye to your dog and go on your way.
4) Alternative Company: For some dog owners, they may find out that leaving their dog alone at home is just not working out the way it should be, no matter what tips suggested by experts they implement.
If that’s the case with you, have you ever considered registering your dog in some sort of doggy day care that may be operating somewhere near you?
If you can afford it, tons of dog owners do this all the time and it makes for a way less stressful experience for both the dog and the owner that would have otherwise spent the entirety of their day wondering how their dog is holding up all alone.
5) Two Dogs Are Better Than One: Just a quick note before we get into this one, this doesn’t necessarily work all the time.
With some dogs it works like a charm, while with others this isn’t exactly the case. Many experts recommend that you add a second dog to your household so that they become good buddies with your first dog and, hopefully, they keep each other company during the time you’re away from home.
While this has worked perfectly well for many people, as we said, this one’s a bit of hit or miss really, as there’s always the chance that the two won’t get along very well.
If you’re looking to implement this tip and are really giving it consideration, then consider adopting your second dog from a shelter because you can always take your dog along a few times to the shelter beforehand and see how they interact with the dog you’re considering adopting.
If you sense very good chemistry early on, then that’s the brightest green light you’re ever going to get to go ahead!
Do you have any tips of your own you’d like to share? Perhaps you’ve your own successful story of dealing with a dog that has separation anxiety and turning things around? Make yourselves heard in the comments section below! We’d love to hear what you’ve got to say.
James Green is a dog blogger and writer, having contributed to several different dog blogs and informational websites about pets before, but most of his work can be found on Ultimatehomelife.com. Besides focusing on informational content that aims to make the lives of average dog owners much easier and less complicated than it often times is, James enjoys much of his free time taking care of and giving unlimited affection to his little Chipoodle named Jerry.