Learning how to treat your dog when leaving and arriving at home is important. This everyday event has repercussions in many areas of dog training and living harmoniously with your dog.
If you don’t get this right, your dog could develop many undesirable habits – both physical and mental! If not corrected at an early age, these bad habits will follow your dog into adulthood. Potential bad behaviors include chewing, barking, aggression and anxiety to name only a few.
How NOT TO treat your dog when leaving and arriving!
Don’t get excited and make a big fuss over your dog. Don’t burst through the door laden with special treats and effusively greet your dog. This only alleviates your guilt, but it’s a disservice to your dog.
Your dog uses his or her psychological alarm clock whenever you arrive. Your dog will eventually learn to anticipate the happy moment, along with the treats, fuss, excitement and inevitable play session. This eagerness can quickly turn into over-eagerness, which in turn can lead to frustration, and then destructiveness, whining or barking when you are later than expected.
A well-balanced dog should learn to become comfortable during your absence. After all, it’s not possible to always be there.
How TO treat your dog when leaving and arriving!
Calmness is key when leaving and returning to your home. Instead of all the fuss and excitement, treat your dog as if it is a normal occurrence. Stay cool, stay calm and your dog will eventually respond in kind.
If your goodbyes and hellos are dramatic and prolonged, your dog senses that things are not normal. It puts your dog on edge and exacerbates potential anxiety issues. If you add pleading, begging and apologies into the mix, things can really get out of hand.
It’s quite normal to feel a little guilty and apprehensive when you leave your dog alone, but transferring your feelings to your dog only makes matters worse.
Dogs are smart! Don’t underestimate your cute fur-ball’s ability to manipulate you!
Your relationship with your dog should not revolve around greeting and leaving. Rather focus your energy on other aspects of your day together.