Cures for Dog Separation Anxiety
Check out these ideas and choose an easy remedy for dog separation anxiety
separation anxiety training and
dog behavior problems
If your dog has
separation anxiety, it's hard to
come home every day because you don't know what you will find -
chewed up furniture, papers and garbage strewn on the floor and
other types of destruction.
No matter how bad the situation
is, don't lose hope. If you need a remedy, you've come to the
Read on to find some of the best ways to cure dog
separation anxiety and you'll find an easy remedy for dog separation anxiety
that you can use for your dog.
Dog Separation Anxiety Remedy - You leave and the goodies come out
When you give your
dog special treats and toys upon leaving, your dog begins to see
your exit as a good thing. Over time, your dog will even look
forward to you leaving home because he wants to get the special
treats and toys. Leaving special things for your dog to play with
also keeps him occupied while you’re away. If your dog isn’t bored,
he won’t turn to destruction.
The first things
that you’ll want to do are purchase and prepare some special toys
and treats for your dog. Go to the pet store and pick out a few toys
and treats that your dog will enjoy. If you feel like this is
starting to get expensive, take a few minutes and think about how
much it will cost you to buy a new sofa or a new pair of tennis
shoes, then you’ll see that buying a few new dog items is really a
bargain. You don’t need to go overboard, just get a few new toys and
a few treats.
We highly recommend
using a toy called Kong. It is a rubber toy with a hole in the top
and a large space inside where you can stuff treats. You can
purchase a Kong at nearly any pet store. It is very effective in
keeping your dog busy. What you’ll want to do is put some treats
into the Kong and then fill the top of the hole with peanut butter
or soft cheese (whatever your dog likes best.) Your dog will have a
blast licking the peanut butter out of the Kong and then he’ll keep
busy trying to get the other treats out of it.
You’ll want to get
the toys and treats together before you’re ready to leave. Use
whatever combination of toys and treats you prefer, but a good mix
is a Kong, a few small dog treats and a stuffed or rubber chew toy.
It’s a good idea to alternate the stuffed or rubber toys so that
your dog does not become bored with them.
Remedy Step by step
you’re ready to leave the house, collect all of your dog’s special
treats and toys.
Without any fanfare – this means no goodbye kisses or cuddles,
sorry! – place the toys and treats on the floor by your pet.
you’ve given everything to your dog, leave immediately.
Sound easy? It is.
Just remember to do the method exactly as stated. If there are any
tricks to this method, it’s that your dog only receives these
special toys and treats when you leave and that you leave
immediately after you give the toys and treats to your dog without
any fanfare. A short while after you return home, collect the treats
and toys and put them in safekeeping until you need to leave your
This method works
very quickly because it doesn’t take your dog very long to figure
out that when you leave, treats and toys come out. Usually within
two days of using this method, your dog will begin to look to you
for his special treats and toys when you leave.
Easy Remedy for Destruction - Don't give your dog free reign
In many cases, the
best defense is a good offense, and this method uses that principle.
Instead of letting your dog find your prized possessions to destroy,
keep those items out of his reach by putting them away and keeping
your dog in designated areas of your home. If your dog tends to go
into the kitchen garbage or finds your shoes in the closet while
you’re gone, eliminate the possibility for destruction by simply
preventing your dog access to these areas.
Method Step by step
you leave, don’t give your dog free reign of the house. Close doors
and use baby gates to isolate your dog to one or two rooms in your
house, like the living room and the front hallway. While denying
your dog free reign of the house, you should not isolate your dog by
closing him into one room for the day. He will feel frustrated by
being enclosed and will react with more destruction. Keeping just a
few rooms “off limits” will do the trick.
you come home, you can remove the barriers and let your dog go where
your dog gets used to being alone, you can begin to open the closed
off areas of the house to him one by one. If he’s been denied access
for a long time, he may not even realize that he has the option of
going into those rooms because he’s so used to staying in the other
rooms of your home.