After a long day of work, you finally go home and your dog, as usual, is happy to find you.
He’s partying and follows you around the house. But, as each time, you leave it alone, you know that you will find something destroyed or broken in your dwelling. Whether it is the kitchen trash that he has spilled and distributed everywhere or a pair of shoes or slippers that he has chewed, every day a new stupidity. And if it’s not that, it’s your neighbor who comes to you to complain about the fact that your dog, during your absence, keeps barking. If you are in this case, there is a good chance that your puppy will suffer from separation anxiety. It should be known that some breeds are more susceptible to separation anxiety than others. This is also the case for dogs that have been abandoned by their masters or young puppies separated too early from their mom.
Our tips to help you reduce your dog’s anxiety
Ignore your dog when you leave and return as well.
Whether, when you leave or when you arrive, you must ignore your dog. Do not hug him when you find him because it is important to trivialize your return in order to make him understand that your absence is normal and harmless. On the contrary, if you let your joy to find it, it will only amplify his anxiety afterwards. The ideal is not to talk to your dog, not to caress him, not to look at him before leaving the house and ditto on your return, this for 5/10 minutes, or even more depending on the anxiety of your doggie.
Take a walk before you leave
It is recommended to do a dynamic walk with your dog before you leave. In fact, walking fast will allow your dog to spend well before you leave and as a result, he will be more willing to rest while you are away. If you have the opportunity to go running with him, before leaving, it will be even more effective than a walk. Once you have finished your trip, leave your dog in a quiet place that is good for rest.
Prepare it, at your absences, as soon as possible
The ideal is to get used to it, when you can do it, to your absence as soon as possible. Start exercising, leaving him alone for 5 minutes in a room and observing how he behaves. If he starts barking, send him a NON-firm. If he comes to calm down, congratulate him warmly. Once this first step is completed, leave your home 5 or 10 minutes and gradually, space this time of absence: 15 minutes, 30 minutes etc.
Do not punish him in case of foolishness
When you return, you find that he made a mistake like for example disembowel one of the cushions of the couch or eat the wires of the television, there is no point in punishing him, he would not understand why. Moreover, this Act is not voluntary, it is just that your dog is anxious and that he needs to evacuate this evil being.
If your dog remains anxious, other solutions are available to you. You can talk to your veterinarian who will administer a separation anxiety treatment or recommend testing pheromone diff-users for example. There are also homeopathic treatments to soothe your dog. You can also use a canine educator or behaviorist to help you treat your pet’s anxiety. Many solutions exist, just find the one that will be best suited to your puppy.