Separation Anxiety In Dogs: A Few Ways To Prevent It | Dogalize
Many of us unwittingly foster separation anxiety in our dogs. Here’s how you can modify your own behaviour to cultivate a healthy sense of security in your dog.
1 – Limit companionship. Letting your dog get used to 24/7 companionship is bad for your dog. You may be available round the clock today, but circumstances can change unexpectedly. Help your dog become comfortable spending time alone. Get your dog used to spend time chewing his favourite toy. His time alone will flash past!
2 – Don’t smother your dog with attention when you are back. Lavishing your dog with continuous attention when together creates an unnecessarily big contrast effect when you are apart. Don’t be too clingy with your dog wen you’re at home. Doing so, he will feel worse when you go away.
3 – Get accustomed your dog to sleep alone. Making your dog sleep apart someimes is not cruel, it is simply a good habit in case your dog will need to spend the night without you at another home, the veterinary clinic, or a boarding facility.
4 – Build a sense of security and stability in your dog. You can do it by training your dog.Learning that there are predictable ways of manipulating their environment, such as being picked up by sitting on command, or getting to eat supper by staying “off” the dish until invited to “take it” probably decreases anxiety by building confidence and reducing feelings of helplessness. Structure such as this breeds a sense of security and stability.
5 – Provide your dog with opportunities to pursue interests other than you. Like us, dogs need much more than love for emotional wellness.Enabling your dog to pursue interests other than you—interests that provide physical, social, and intellectual stimulation— is a very healthy way to build confidence and independence.
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