Tips to Minimize Your Dogs Separation Anxiety

Tips To Minimize Your Dogs Separation Anxiety

Many dogs have gained separation anxiety after getting used to having their humans home with them more often over the past few years. Now that life is returning to a sense of normalcy and people are returning to the office, our dogs are left at home to deal with separation anxiety. They don’t understand why all of a sudden we aren’t at home every day with them. While you’re away, your four-legged friend may show signs of distress, such as barking, destructive chewing and even potty accidents or episodes of self-harm. These signs can all be due to separation anxiety.

Separation Anxiety In Dogs Can Be From Different Scenarios Such As:

    • Being left alone for the first time or when used to constant human contact.
    • Suffering a traumatic event, such as time away from you at a boarding kennel.
    • A change in your dog’s routine or the loss of a family member or another pet.

Here Are Some Tips To Help Minimize Your Dogs Separation Anxiety:

  1. Keep arrivals and departures low-key. Ignore your pup for the first few minutes after you get home. 
  2. Leave some recently worn clothes that have your scent on them.
  3. Consider trying an all-natural calming product such as Hemp 4 Paws Hemp Seed Oil. A natural health alternative for pets made with organic cold-pressed hemp seed oil and CO2-extracted hemp terpenes. These products are THC-free, so your pets can experience all of the health benefits of the hemp plant without any psychoactive effects. Ask your Feeds’n Needs Experts for more information on this great product on your next visit!
  4. Give your dog a special toy or treat each time you leave. Only give it to them when you’re gone, and take it away when you get home.
  5. Create a crate routine. Practice keeping your dog in their crate for short periods while you are home and gradually lengthen the time. 
  6. Practice leaving your house for short periods. Not being home, even for a brief amount of time, can help maintain a sense of normalcy and help prevent your dog from becoming too dependent on your presence. 
  7. Confine your dog in a safe place, such as a room with a window and toys that will keep them busy, and never leave them in total isolation.
  8. If you’re really concerned about your dog’s behaviour while you are out of the house, try a pet cam to help give you some peace of mind. Look for a model with two-way features that allow your dog to see and hear you. This trick is helpful for some dogs, while for others, it can make their anxiety worse not knowing where you are but being able to hear you.
  9. Desensitize items such as putting your shoes on and picking up your keys. Try putting on your shoes and then sit down at the table. Or pick up your keys and watch TV. Do this over and over many times a day.

What NOT To Do:

  1. Punishment is never effective in trying to help separation anxiety. It can worsen the situation.
  2. Getting your dog a companion usually doesn’t help an anxious dog because their anxiety results from their separation from you, not just the result of being alone.
  3. Crating your dog without being crate trained. If you do not crate train your dog and try to crate them to help with separation anxiety, they will still engage in anxiety responses inside their crate. They may urinate, defecate, howl/bark or even injure themselves in an attempt to escape.

Don’t rush things when helping your dog minimize their separation anxiety. Only you can tell if your dog is ready to be left home alone for more extended periods. Make sure your pup gets lots of exercise daily. It’s important to challenge your dog’s mind and body. A tired, happy dog will be less stressed when you leave them home.


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Emily Ernest

Store Manager, Port Williams NS