Separation Anxiety - Helping Your Puppy Cope

Points to Remember

  • Some puppies can only be left alone for a few minutes before they panic.
  • Your puppy knows that you have left him alone. He doesn’t know when, or if you’ll return.
  • Be positive. Recognize your puppy’s fears and always reassure him when you are planning to remain at home.
  • Teach your puppy to lie down, sit and stay on command. Obedience is often the key that will help him overcome his separation anxiety.
  • When you leave the house for long periods of time, leave the radio or TV playing. Always leave it on the same station. Your puppy will adopt the announcer into his pack and will remain calm when he is alone.
  • Your puppy knows when you are going to leave by your body language. Desensitize him by putting your shoes on and taking them off several times; by picking your keys up and laying them down several times and heading for the door and changing your route several times. Your puppy will soon learn to ignore these things and will be calmer when you leave.
  • If you try all of these things and nothing works, take your puppy to a professional trainer that specializes in puppy behavior. It won’t take long for him to pin-point the problem.
  • As a last resort, ask your veterinarian to prescribe a medication for your puppy that will ease his separation anxiety.

Once you have helped your puppy overcome his separation anxiety, he will be less stressed—carefree and enthusiastic about life in his pack. You and he will form a firm bond that will create a wonderful long-lasting relationship.

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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.
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HI Are you offering mobile pet grooming? How much you charge extra for traveling David
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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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