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
- 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.
- Exercise your dog：Daily exercise can be help- ful in reducing stress and anxiety.
- Use Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP)® in your house.
- 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.
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
- 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.