Separation Anxiety - Helping Your Puppy Cope

Separation anxiety in dogs and puppies is an exaggerated fear of being separated from their pack, which are the humans that they live with. This causes a great deal of stress and it happens each time you and your family leave the house. There are some things that you can do to help your puppy cope with his fears. Lets take a look at puppy anxiety.

Signs of Puppy Anxiety

  • Barking, growling and whining.
  • Chewing on and/or destroying things such as shoes, slippers and furniture.
  • Eliminating or defecating in the house.
  • Scratching feverishly at the door when you close it behind you.
  • Vomiting.

Crate Training for Anxiety

A great way to help your puppy cope with separation anxiety is to crate train him. This gives him a place to go where he will feel safe and secure. The crate becomes his den and he will learn to be happy there while his pack is away.

Tips

  • Introduce your puppy to the crate.
  • Be sure it is large enough for him to turn around when he is fully grown. That way he can keep his den for his entire life.
  • Place the crate in a place where your puppy can enter and exit it comfortably.
  • Leave the door open and allow your puppy to explore his safe den.

If you follow these tips, your puppy will soon feel safe and secure in his crate and will retreat to it when hes feeling vulnerable.

Next more on your puppy and his crate...

Leave a comment on this article here!


Name/Email
Comments
Rank

Taylov
This is a great post. My little Chihuahua Teddy is having separation anxiety issues my wife and I are trying to work through. I read another great post on dog separation anxiety yesterday on my.arfie.com - take a look http://my.arfie.com/profiles/blogs/the-first-10-minutes-coping I think working with a dog to train him through the process is key., Leave the house for a bit to test him, try a webcam to keep an eye from the neighbors house. Somethings got to work - until then I'm gonna keep on trying :)
KonstantinMiller
Hi! I like your srticle and I would like very much to read some more information on this issue. Will you post some more?
Rebecca
For some dogs with severe separation anxiety issues, putting them in crates can make their anxiety worse. Some dogs with full-blown separation anxiety also are crate-phobic - often they associate the crate with their fear of being left alone. I highly recommend Patrica McConnell's book "I'll Be Home Soon" on how to prevent and treat separation anxiety. I've been dealing with this problem with my own dog for over 2 years now, it's been a hard, long and tough journey.
Adam Irwin
My dog Lil Hotdog has this same problem, I miss him so much
Caboose
This article is Garbage. Stop posting lies. Go die.
brianna
hi. i just lost my dog this past summer. i dont feel safe anymore because he was a germen shepard.
hin.david@yahoo.com
HI Are you offering mobile pet grooming? How much you charge extra for traveling David
5555lupe@ live.com
Can anybody help me. I have a 9 year old that barks and barks, if I leave the living room ,go to the rest room sammy follows me to take a shower he is there waiting for me to came out of the shower, I live in a studio that lets me have my dog. ( I use to live in a house but lost it) I had an other dog which died also not sure what is wrong. Please help me.right now look for an other place to live but need to take care of this problem first. thank you
Jon
This article really helped me understand what was going on. Thanks!
 

Doggies Den: Latest Articles

Etiquette at the Dog Park Etiquette at the Dog Park

DOG FUN There 's no doubt about it, taking your dog to the dog park involves a certain amount of good manners. Here's our guide to "keeping your nose clean" while your dog hangs out with his or her friends.


What to do for a Dog Bite What to do for a Dog Bite

DOG BEHAVIOR Getting bitten by a dog can be scary, and you may be tempted to run around in circles for a while, trying to figure out what to do. Here's our guide to help you manage the situation.


Dog Daycares- What to Look For Dog Daycares- What to Look For

DAY CARE Sometimes our schedules change and we need some help watching after our dogs. Or, maybe we want to bring some other k-9s into their daily lives. Here's our guide to what you should look for before leaving your four-footed family member with strangers.


How to Talk to Your Dog How to Talk to Your Dog

DOG PSYCHOLOGYCommunication is the first step towards establishing a trusting relationship with your dog. Improper communication can damage the relationship between a person and their dog. Dogs feel confused and anxious when they cannot comprehend why they're being disciplined, commanded, or shepherded around.


Canine Blood Banks: Your Dog's Life Saving Transfusion Canine Blood Banks: Your Dog's Life Saving Transfusion

HEALTHIf you’ve never had to face the horror of your dog needing a blood transfusion, you may never have given a second thought to canine blood banks.


Introducing Your Dog to a Cat Introducing Your Dog to a Cat

SOCIALIZATIONIt's easy to do. After you bring one animal into your home, without tremendous amounts of willpower, you may soon find the four-legged residents of your home outnumbering the two-leggers. So how do you make the introductions between your dog and your cat without their fighting, well, like dogs and cats?


Bonding With Your New Puppy Bonding With Your New Puppy

NEW DOG OWNERSDid you ever think about how valuable it might be to your puppy if you bonded with him or her? Bonding allows your dog to develop a special link to you and your family.


Grooming Your Gorgeous Canine Grooming Your Gorgeous Canine

GROOMINGWe all know that you could spend a fortune on grooming your dog, but what grooming tasks are truly important and what ones are not really necessary?


Doggies Blog Icon

Doggies Blog: Latest Posts

 Subscribe

Twitter- The Dog Den
     
 
 
Doggies den logo

Doggies Den:
Most Popular Articles