How to prevent separation anxiety?

To prevent this behavior problem, you should try to increase self-control of the dog. Is done incrementally, by habituating it to face short periods of solitude, that it extends little by little, in ensuring that it shows no signs of anxiety.

The first step is to teach him, if he does not even know base orders of obedience: «Sit!”, «Lying!», «rest!» and «come! As the main cause of separation anxiety is the close link between the dog to his master, which allows him to do whatever he wants and have him at any time of the day. Theobedience, as all the other exercises that we suggest you develop is used to rebalance the reports while allowing the master to take things in hand.

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When it will be able to properly execute these orders, you need to Learn how to not follow you around, at home or in the garden. Take it with you in a room or in a corner of the garden, sit down to read ordering him to “Sit!” or “lying! After five minutes, stand up, move away without getting out of his field of vision.

If the dog reacts correctly, reward him for a treat; If it shows signs of agitation (it will rise and walk fro in the room or the garden), try again from the beginning, without reprimand or punish him.

Then repeat the same exercise in two minutes you friend. It is important to start over several times this year, gradually extending the period during which it remains only.

It may be useful, in the morning or afternoon, toignore the dog for an hour. Approaching to receive hugs, it not, look do not touch and talk If he insists, return it brutally a conspicuous gesture. This exercise serves to reduce the attachment of the dog for his master.

If he sleeps on your bed, get used to spend the night at your side but in a basket for dog. Afterwards, move the basket in another room (the kitchen for example). Keep the dog can be used to reduce the attachment he has for his master. If it becomes anxiety, do not return, but exercise of authority learn him walking up and down the bed whenever you ask it.

It is also important that there be a specific location where it can fold, which will be bounded by a blanket or a towel. When you decide to let it rest on your bed, show him his corner telling him: ‘to the niche!’: your faithful friend will have to comply with the order, or else it will be out of bed.

It is very useful to him prepare a place her in the House, with his basket, its Bowl and toys, where he can feel secure and take refuge when it is only. To build a niche in the home, use the corner of a room (for example in the kitchen if you live in an apartment), whose walls will provide both sides of the niche, while you can make the other two with mobile wooden panels or a fence.

Get used to sleep and to eat at this place, and if he accepts, enclose it in before going out. A ‘staff’ space helps him stay quiet during your absence and make it for the box to be pleasant, welcoming with all his affairs. It is also useful to stay with your dog to play or even to read, while sitting, your friend lying at your feet. By using these schemes, the enclosure, first associated with a place of isolation, will turn into safe and comfortable refuge.

The training continues by the simulation of a departure : challenge your dog to sit or lie down, then start to dress you in doing all the things you usually do before going out, quickly greet the dog and walk through the door. It is important to do not too linger during the farewell, to not be anxious.

To understand how your dog behaves in your absence, stay silently on the floor for a few seconds, then enter when you hear more noise (to control, you can mount a peephole on the door).

Avoid to return when the dog barks, because thus you reinforce the behavior you want to see the contrary disappear. Once you have confidence, you can start to be away for longer, for example to go to the newsagent or do errands.

To understand if he manifests his anxiety in howling or barking, let a tape recorder turned on during your absence. This can be useful to find out if it is your departure that triggers panic or a noise like the doorbell or the arrival of the lift.

Let him make long anti-stress walks in the countryside, play with it and let it run freely; This will unload its tension and strengthen the ties that bind you, without increasing the dependency.

It can be very useful to find an “anti-stress” (a toy, a bone to pick or a radio on) that comforts him in moments of solitude, by thus feel less alone. The problem of separation anxiety can be avoided by ‘giving’ a companion.

Separation anxiety is a very delicate behavior problem may be treated successfully. In any event, notice of a behaviourist will help you apply what you suggested for best results.

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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone

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