Dogs are the best companions that you can have and while they may love you to bits, they might literally love you to bits! Why is that a problem? Well, you know how you get so attached to someone that when you don’t see them for a whole day, you tend to get anxious? Well, that’s how dogs feel about you except this happens all the time with them. It’s called separation anxiety and it can result in a lot of problems like chewing, barking, digging, howling, trying to escape, destroying the furniture, and so much more.
It’s one of the most common problems that pet parents tend to face with dogs. However, it’s not a hopeless case. Here are some tips and tricks to help you deal with your pup’s separation anxiety:
1. First of all, understand how severe your dog’s anxiety is and carry out this step accordingly. It’s important that your dog knows that you won’t be gone for long which means you don’t have to make a big deal out of it. How do you do that? Well, you don’t meet, touch, make eye-contact or even talk to your pet before leaving. That will be a done deal.
2. Secondly, always make sure you say goodbye to your pet so they’re aware that you’re leaving. This might sound contradictory to the first statement but it’s really not. No contact or talking before leaving means do not give your dog a pep-talk about how much you’ll miss them. As much as you might not believe, dogs do understand you and your sentiment which means, they might take it start throwing tantrums. A simple goodbye would not create that effect.
3. Make sure you have your dog’s favorite toys and audiobooks out and ready before your leave. In most cases, people even leaving a video call on just to make sure they are able to communicate and watch over their dog’s from wherever they are. This allows the dog to see them and feel less alone. The toys and audiobooks can help to keep their mind diverted until you get home.
4. Fourth, it’s important to make sure that they know you’re in command. When leaving, you need to use assertive tone to ensure that your dog understands who the boss is. Dogs are like kids, if you give them enough attention, they tend to get their way. Separation anxiety can turn into a tantrum and you need to be assertive once you are walking out the door.
5. Lastly, you need to make sure that your dog is calm and resting before you leave. That can be done by taking them on a rigorous walk. Some people prefer to make sure that their pup is carrying a bag with slight weight in it so they tire out the time they get home. This builds the bonding and once you give your dog water and they get hydrated, they tend to go off to sleep.