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.

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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!
 
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