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How to help your dog
with separation anxiety
8 out of 10 dogs suffer from some form of separation anxiety today.
Here is our guide to understanding what it is, signs, and how to help your dog.
What is separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety occurs when our dogs or pups are separated from us, and they become distressed, anxious or destructive.
Dog are sociable animals and if they are not taught that a little time on their own is ok, it can cause them great upset and anxiety.
RSPCA says that it is estimated that 8 out of 10 dogs suffer from some sort of separation anxiety.
Signs your dog or puppy is suffering from separation anxiety
Does your dog do any of these when you are about to leave them or return from leaving them alone?
How to help your dog or puppy with separation anxiety
1. The first thing you need to do is help your dog feel safe and comfortable being on their own
This takes time and patience, but it is so important that you commit to this stage, so that they grow to understand being alone is ok.
Get some tasty treats - chicken or chopped sausage and chose the place you would like your dog to stay when you go out.
Head to the place and put your dog's bed down.
2. Now you are going to teach your pup/dog to stay in their bed.
Take every stage slowly and go at their pace.
Stay calm and remember this is all new to them and we want them to enjoy this and feel relaxed too!
Remember to only reward them when they are in their bed and NEV ER punish them.
They are learning something new and they all learn at different paces.
If your dog is struggling, go back a stage.
3. Now you want to start to move slowly and gradually out of the room and rewarding your dog on your return.
If at any of these stages you see your dog beginning to become distressed, go back a stage and practice and repeat until they are relaxed again.
Other ways to help your dog cope when you leave them
If your dog is still showing signs of distress maybe think about getting a dog sitter in, who can be with your dog while you are out. They come to your home and stay with the dog.
Get professional help from a qualified dog behaviorist. They are trained to help you, help your dog, with gentle, positive, training techniques.
Alternatively you could try doggy day care. Your dog gets to spend the day with other humans and dogs while you are out. This environment isn't for every dog, so do your research.