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Separation Anxiety Solutions

By Friday March 23rd, 2018Blog

Your dog has been diagnosed with separation anxiety. The following steps should be implemented as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to reduce this anxiety.

Resolving the Problem

  1. Reward calm, relaxed, independent behavior fromyour dog when it is spontaneously offered by praising him/her:Ignore attention seeking behaviors when you are home;Practice having your dog separated from you at home by doing things like: – Closing doors;  Having different sleeping areas.
  2. Exercise your dog:Daily exercise can be help- ful in reducing stress and anxiety.
  3. Use Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP)® in your house.
  4. Pair departures with a special reward:give your dog a favored distraction several minutes prior to your departure– Examples include long lasting food treats such as a food puzzle toy or a favorite toy.

Avoid

Arousal associated with reunions

  • Have your belongings prepared so that your departure from home iscalm
  • Do not engage in emotional greetings or departures

Long anxiety ridden times alone

  • Use doggie daycare, pet sitters or take your dog to work if possible to reduce his/her timealone
  • As your dog improves, start to leave him/her home aloneagain

Punishing your dog if you return home to find evidence of destruction/house soiling

  • Punishment may make the behaviorworse

other Considerations

  • Somedogs that suffer from separation anxiety also have claustrophobia and crating them exacerbates the signs of anxiety. If this is the case for your dog, avoid using the crate
  • Getting a canine companion for a dog  with separation anxiety is not a successful intervention in the majority ofcases

If these solutions are not successful, consult your  veterinarian about possible drug therapy in conjunction with behavior modification.