Here are some puppy training tips to relieve separation anxiety.
Many puppies suffer from separation anxiety. Most new puppies don’t like being on their own. It’s natural and normal! With proper puppy training you can relieve separation anxiety and help your pup grow into a confident, happy adult dog.
Dogs love to be around people, which often is the reason why many owners find it difficult to train their pet dog to be alone. But it is generally nothing practice and time cannot take care of. To make the most of training, concentrate on making your puppy feel secure, communicating correctly, and keeping your dog occupied.
Set up a secure area for your puppy
A permanent location for your dog’s water, food and bed ought to be established in your house. In case you have not done this already, select a quiet spot with safe surroundings. When you have already chosen an area, you can make your puppy feel much more comfortable by covering their crate (if they have one) with a sheet and putting toys on the bed. When they are alone, this area will act as a “safe spot” your canine friend can go to to be able to feel at ease while you are away from home.
Communicate with your puppy properly
It is not natural for dogs to be alone, because in the wild they are always in packs. Therefore, the very first few times you leave your home, your puppy could find it scary to be alone. But, not all pet dogs react exactly the same; some breed of dogs do better being alone than others. To be able to know how your pup feels and the best way to communicate with them, you will have to do some research on the breed. Border Collies for example, were carefully bred to work with sheep and don’t do well when their herd can not be located. In this instance, the dog owner is part of the herd and the canine will most likely have difficulty dealing with separation from his family if training is not provided.
Keep your dog busy
Providing your puppy with something to do while you are gone can be extremely helpful. Destructive behavior such as chewing, for example, is usually brought on by anxiety. You can refocus your dog’s anxiousness by providing them something safe to chew such as a suitable sized Kong. It will distract your pup while alone and will also help reduce anxiety and stress. Avoid feeding your dog rawhide’s, dental chews, and other treats when unsupervised. Small toys, tug-a-war ropes, and other dangerous things ought to be well hidden until you come back.
Other ways you can help your dog deal with staying home alone include:
- Exercise your pup just before departing to get rid of excess energy.
- Leave some music on for your puppy; the sound and voices will be calming to them.
- Play with your dog prior to leaving so that they know you love them and will not abandon them.
- Train your dog before leaving to remind them of the house rules and avoid bad behavior.