Dogs are such loving creatures. They love to cuddle around, wag their tail around your presence, demand pats and some treats along the way, and that’s why we love them. Sometimes, their love translates into something excessive like extreme clinginess and a behavioral problem of being too much of an attention-seeker.
There are cases that you’ll witness your dog experiencing anxiety attacks just because they miss you or you left for work. You leave the house with dog excessively barking at the front door or going back home to see the mess they have made (furniture and shoes chewed out) but, this behavior can be solved.
How would you deal with a dog’s separation anxiety? Here are some of the tips you could follow.
Exercise the dog before going to work or leaving your home
You can minimize the excess energy dogs have by making sure that they enjoyed a one-hour walk or playtime. After the activity is done, treat them with water or a breakfast meal to level their energy down. The goal of this activity is to leave them in a state of calmness and rest.
No contact of any sort when you come home or leave
The reason why most dogs think that leaving or coming back home is such a momentous event of a day is that you create the perception by reinforcing the action with cuddles, pats, and belly rubs. The next time you want to deal with a dog that has separation anxiety, try leaving the household with no excessive contact. Act like it’s just ordinary for you to leave. The same is done when you come home.
Say your goodbyes moments before you actually leave the dog
Dog owners might have a hard time exercising the “no contact” step since they’ve bonded with their dogs and leaving them without a hug seems hard to do. If this is the case, you can bid your adieu long before you leave the house. Hug him and play with him an hour before you’re off to work.
Be assertive and at the same time calm
The “alpha” stance is useful for this step since you need to assert calmness and dominance upon your dog that is behaving inappropriately when you try to leave. Provide assurance that nothing is going to harm him whenever you are away and that everything is smooth sailing.
Take small steps by trying to leave your dog for at least five minutes first
To help to cope up with the dog’s anxiety about you leaving him alone for a full eight-hour duration, try to let him be for 5 minutes first. Let him do his doggy business, run around the house or leave him with his toys. If this goes successful, leave him alone for a longer duration. Say full 10-minutes with no interaction.
Provide him with entertainment resources like squeaky toys or an audiobook
Instead of letting your dog chew shoes or bite unto the furniture, you can purchase dog toys that he likes/ In this manner, he’ll never be bored or at least entertain himself while you are away.