Just like some of us can’t handle a clingy child or girlfriend, when your dog becomes so attached to you that it freaks out when you are out of sight, you have a problem on your hands. Commonly known as separation anxiety, left untreated this can become a debilitating issue that will not just affect the health of your pet, it can have a huge impact on the relationship between you and your pet and other loved ones in and around your family. As challenging as this is to have occur, there are ways to beat this habit.
1 – If You Want To Eliminate The Clinging, Don’t Do It Yourself
It’s a lot easier said than done, we get that. But if you are bringing home a new puppy or a rescue dog, you have to resist the temptation to spend every possible moment with it. There will no doubt be an adjustment period where you and your family will be excited about the new addition to your household. Part of that adjustment is going to revolve around training and additional things that your new dog will have to learn as part of your family. One of the first should be to learn how to get used to not always seeing you around.
2 – Be A Calm Source Of A Chilled Personality When You Come Home
Working away from home is a good thing. But when you get back to the comfort of your safe place, remember to be calm and relaxed about how glad you are to be home and away from the craziness that revolves around an average day commuting to and from the office. The reason why you need to be relaxed is that your dog will pick up on your vibe. If you are excitable, anxious and a just plain loose cannon after a day of work, your dog is going to pick up on that and get all worked up about it. This can develop into separation anxiety over time.
3 – It Doesn’t Sound Glamorous, But Crate Training Can Help
Sometimes your dog just needs their own safe space to hang out. One perfect solution to this is with the use of crate training. Essentially, you are giving your dog a secure box that they can spend time in alone and adopt as their safe space to relax when you are not around. You will need to have a big enough crate to give your pooch room to move around freely and lay down to nap, if they so desire. Once your dog gets used to the crate, you can leave food, blankets and toys in it with them so that while you are away, your four-legged buddy can stay occupied.
4 – Maybe The Breed Of Your Dog Just Happens To Have One Of Those Wacky Genes In It
There is the possibility that the type of dog you have just happens to be genetically excitable. Hey, it happens. But you won’t know for sure unless you do a bit of homework on the subject. If by chance you happen to have one of those tightly-wound breeds, fear not. You’ll still be able to co-exist but it will take a little adjustment. Well, actually, most of the adjusting will come from your end, but all will be just fine if you take the breed personality into consideration and act accordingly.
5 – The Calming Tricks Used On Humans Work On Dogs As Well
Believe it or not, soothing music and a diffuser squirting calming mists of natural ingredients can help relax your dog. If these don’t do the trick, there are also a full line of calming supplements that have been specially formulated for dogs. You may have to try a number of various tricks ranging from speaking softly to dimming the lights. Hey, if it works, you may want to pay attention to what gives your pet a calming effect and keep that around as your secret weapon.
6 – Let The Dog Walker Deal With The Issue
While this may sound a little bit like a cop out, it really isn’t. If you are able to socialize your pet with other regular people in its life, this will go a long way in calming it down. Here’s where a dog walker can help. Not only will the dog walker be a new friend for your dog, this person will also be responsible in taking your pet out and giving it some exercise which will relax him or her. An afternoon of brisk walking, some playtime and all spent with a new friend can really help your pooch in dealing with not being around you all the time. The main focus on using a dog walker should be to provide interaction with another human to ‘distract’ your dog from getting worked up about you not being around. It keeps your dog from being alone and bored, as well.
7 – When In Doubt, Turn To A Good Dog Trainer For Assistance
If all else fails, a good trainer can be the best medicine in dealing with dog separation anxiety. In other words, if you can’t get to the root of the problem with any of the suggestions listed here, you may have better success with a professional. If the trainer can break your buddy of this problem, remember to follow the instructions of the trainer in order to keep your relationship healthy and strong between you and your pet.
Remember, This Isn’t The End Of Your Relationship
Probably the most important thing to remember as you work with your puppy or dog in their separation anxiety is that this really isn’t a major hurdle. If anything, once you are able to get your pooch into the place where they are not worried when you are away may actually help to strengthen your bond with each other. Keep a positive attitude and the situation will not be viewed as a problem. It’s just a matter of time and effort. Your dog also has no clue that they are doing this so be calm yourself and patient as both of you work on resolving this issue.