Dog Separation Anxiety Training

Use these easy methods to train your dog and cure him of separation anxiety

Also see dog separation anxiety remedy and behavior problems in dogs

separation anxiety dogNow that you've figured out that your dog has separation anxiety, what can you do about it? 

Well, luckily there are several different options of training for separation anxiety in dogs.  You can use one training method or use a combination. 

These training methods have been tested and work for curing separation anxiety in dogs.  Just choose the one that works best for you and you can start working to stop your dog's destructive behavior.

Dog Separation Anxiety Training Method - Ignore 15

When you leave your dog alone, he is excited and upset when you come and go from your home. Ignoring your dog before you leave and right after you return home, your dog becomes un-phased by your comings and goings because they arenít very exciting. This separation anxiety training works because your dog learns that when you come and go, it is not a big deal.

Ignoring your pet may difficult. We interact with our pets so much that it seems cruel to not touch them or talk to them, even if itís just for a few minutes. But when you see that this method really works and actually helps your pet assimilate to you leaving him alone, youíll realize that itís one of the best things you can do.

Training Step by step

1.       When youíre getting ready to leave your home, be aware of the time and begin ignoring your pet 15 minutes before you leave. Ignoring means no petting, talking, playing or even eye-contact with your dog.

* Remember to completely ignore your dog for this method. Any contact with your dog will ruin the method and it wonít work for you.

2.       Continue to do whatever you would normally be doing, just do it without any attention to your dog.

3.       When itís time for you to leave, exit your home quietly, continuing to ignore your pet.

*You can use this part along with Part One; just remember that once the toys and treats are dropped, you must leave quietly without fanfare.

4.       When you return home, do not greet your dog.

5.       Ignore him for 15 minutes after you return to the house. Again, this means no petting, talking, playing or eye-contact.

6.       After the 15 minutes are over, you can relax and give your dog some attention. By this time, your dog may be sulking, but you can perk him back up by turning your attention to him and giving him all of the belly rubs and kisses that he can handle.

Youíll want to continue to Ignore 15 Method for many days until your dog is un-phased by your preparations to leave home. Once your dog seems not to care when you jingle the keys or put on your shoes, he has gotten used to your comings and goings.

Dog Separation Anxiety Training Method - Surprise, I'm back

Every time you leave your dog, he is unsure of if and when youíre coming home. This method helps your dog to realize that you will leave him often, but you wonít always be gone for a long time and you will always return home to him.

This part of the process is calculated and can take some time, but slowly your dog adapts to your comings and goings.

Training Step by step

Leave your home for different amounts of time and then come back as usual.

For example, to start with, youíll leave your home for five minutes and then come back to your dog. Youíll build up from five minutes to ten minutes and then from twenty minutes to forty minutes and then to an hour. Each instance, youíll leave your home for a different amount of time. Once you work up to leaving for an hour, go back to ten minutes and then go to two hours.

Below is a sample for mixing up the duration of trips from your home:   

         5 minutes

         10 minutes

         20 minutes

         40 minutes

         1 hour

         10 minutes

         2 hours

         20 minutes

         5 minutes

         3 hours

 Your dog will quickly realize that you do not always leave for a long time and that you always return home to him. Do this method over a few days and then just return to your regular routine of coming and going.