Here are five tips to help ease separation anxiety:
- Before you leave the house, take your dog for a walk.
- No touch, no talk, no eye contact.
- Say goodbye to your dog long before you leave.
- Stay calm and assertive!
- Start out small by leaving your dog alone for just five minutes.
- Leave your dog with a good audiobook.
Can separation anxiety in dogs be cured?
There is no easy way to resolve the problem once Separation Anxiety has developed. It will not go away on its own, and most often a complete “cure” is never experienced. But, there are many things an owner can do right away to begin to ease the symptoms. Separation Anxiety can range from minor to severe.
What causes separation anxiety in dogs?
Separation anxiety is triggered when dogs become upset because of separation from their guardians, the people they’re attached to. Escape attempts by dogs with separation anxiety are often extreme and can result in self-injury and household destruction, especially around exit points like windows and doors.
Which dog breeds have separation anxiety?
Dog breeds which tend to have lots of separation anxiety include:
- The Labrador Retriever.
- The Border Collie.
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
- Jack Russell Terrier.
- German Shepherd.
- Australian Shepherd.
- Bichon Frise.
How do you crate train a dog with separation anxiety?
Put your dog in a room or crate (if she loves her crate), shut the door, and leave the room for short bits of time. Slowly increase the time you are out of the room, starting with a few seconds and building up to 15-30 minutes. Give her a stuffed Kong toy, or other chewy that takes time to consume, before you leave.