A dog’s love for his owner is unique and unconditional; for this reason, every moment spent apart cause anxiety. In this article we are going to talk about one of the most common behavioral problems: separation anxiety. More than 15% of dogs suffer from it.
There are clear symptoms characteristic of the order: destroyed dog beds, perforated blankets, continuous sobs and attention requests. Our four-legged friends were born to live in a pack: for this reason, they don’t like living alone.
Do you recognize the symptoms? Help your dog!
If you have a strong relationship with your dog, it’s possible that problems arise when you leave him home alone. In serious cases, problems may arise when you're just in the order room.
The distance apart causes an anxious reaction that manifests itself in terms of constant agitation: in this case, dog tends to destroy objects, cry inconsolably, make a mess on the floor and even harm themselves.
These are all sign of distress that we tend to interpret - incorrectly – as misbehavior and this leads to punishment. It’s very important to recognize this and find the real reasons for his behavior: as owners, we have to prevent this so their emotional situation doesn't worren.
One of the things that can help your dog is another little friend: if they grow up together it’s less likely that they will suffer from separation anxiety.
8 rules to help your dog at home
You have to scold your dog the moment he misbehaves: don’t wait hours to correct he behavior!
The extreme excitement and hyperactivity when you get home or the refusal to drink or eat are warnings of a change in your dogs’ emotional state.
Dog training takes patience and perseverance, and requires help from whole family.
Here some suggestions:
- Don’t say goodbye to your dog when you are leaving home: don't pet them, don't speak sweetly.
- If he is too happy when you return home, you have to ignore him during the first 5 minutes.
- Repeat the following actions throughout the day until he gets used to these sounds: take your keys, put your jacket on, open and close the door.
- Give to him peace of ming such as full water and food bowls, the dog bed always in the same place, a toy or a ball to play with. This kind of things helps your dog feel safe at home and do something when you're away.
- Be methodical: you have to organise daily walks and meals (if it’s possible always at the same hour). It’s important to have a daily routine.
- Give him a new friend! New little friend can help your dog stay relaxed without you. They can feel useful by watching after something: in this case, you can try with dogs and cats but also with hamsters, parakeets and fish.
- When your pet is good, reward him using positive reinforcement to help him better understand his mistakes!
Some attention may be not useful in correcting bad behavior. Sometimes pets act out from trauma or a difficult past experience. You can talk to a behavioral specialist that will most likely suggest you use a pet therapy for you and your dog.
The simple rule to remember is: don’t be so emotional with your dog and set limits for his own good.