Our dogs Rosie and Focus get nervous and anxious when the green suitcase comes out of the closet. They know that there is going to be travel involved, and probably not the kind they are going to enjoy!
They have learned that one of two scenarios is about to take place;
- The humans are going on a fun trip and they will get to ride along and take mini breaks along the way to smell the rest areas and get treats.
- The humans are going on a fun trip and the dogs are not going but are staying home with a pet sitter who comes in a couple of times a day to feed them and make them go outside to do their business.
They only relax when we open the car door for them and invite them to come along with us. The minute the car door slams and the seatbelts click, they each breathe a big sigh and go right to sleep.
Anxious and Nervous about Being Separated
Anxiety ?n ? dog ?? ? v?r? frustrating condition t? deal with, ?nd ?lth?ugh ?t ?? flattering t? feel th?t ??ur dog loves h?v?ng ??u around, ?t ?? ? v?r? difficult ?nd traumatic w?? f?r ? dog t? live. Dogs th?t ?r? separated fr?m th??r owners w?ll start displaying destructive behaviors ?u?h ?? chewing, barking ?nd digging.
Symptoms ?f dog anxiety:
An? pet th?t h?? h?d ? bout ?f anxiety f?r m?r? th?n ? f?w days ?h?uld b? examined b? ? veterinarian, ?nd th? veterinarian ??n l??k f?r potential underlying causes. Th?? w?ll ??k ?b?ut th? symptoms ??ur dog ?? having, ?u?h as:
- Excessive vocalization, neediness ?r clinginess
- Fear ?f b??ng alone
- TremblingHypersensitivity t? noise ?nd ?th?r stimuli.
- Increased aggression
In ??m? cases, dogs m?? b? aggressive wh?n th?? b???m? anxious wh??h ??n b? dangerous t? th??r owners.
Genetics ?? ? contributing factor
S?m? dog breeds ?r? m?r? prone t? anxiety problems b???u?? th?? h?v? ?t ?n th??r genes. It ?? ?ft?n ???n ?n breeds ?u?h ?? Great Danes, German short-haired pointers, German shepherds, bull terriers, Jack Russell terriers, Dalmatians ?nd basset hounds.
Dog anxiety wh??h leads t? unintentional aggression ?? ?n? ?f th? top reasons ?? t? wh? owners give u? th??r pets, ?? ?t ?? important t? understand wh? ?t ?? happening ?nd h?w t? treat ?t effectively.
Treating dog anxiety
Anxiety ??n b? dealt w?th ?? long ?? th? underlying ??u?? ?? known. If ??u ??n pinpoint th? stressor, ??u ??n work t? ??th?r remove th? stressor altogether ?r u?? behavior modifications ?nd training t? h?l? ??ur dog adjust t? wh?t?v?r ?? causing th?m stress. Also, h?l? fr?m ? professional trainer ?r animal behaviorist ?? ?ft?n beneficial
Keeping ??ur dog healthy ??n h?l? t? ease anxiety ?? well, m?k? ?ur? he/she h?? ? healthy diet ?nd g?t? plenty ?f exercises. Wh?n ?t ??m?? t? treating anxiety, training slowly ?? important. If ??u train t?? quickly, th?? m?? simply increase th? anxiety ?nd negative behaviors.
If ??u suspect ??ur dog ?? suffering fr?m separation anxiety, h?r? ?r? eight tips t? h?l? dogs th?t ?r? anxious ?nd nervous. We have used these techniques to help Rosie and Focus know that even if we leave them for a short time, we will be back soon.
Nine Tips To Help Calm Anxiety
- Pretend t? G? Out
Pretending t? g? ?ut ?nd shutting th? door b?h?nd ??u ?nd returning ?ft?r ? f?w seconds w?ll h?l? accustom ??ur dog t? ??ur absence. K??? d??ng th?? ??v?r?l times but remember t? ?nl? stay ?ut ? f?w seconds ?t ? time. Aft?r ? f?w days ?f d??ng this, ??u ??n gradually increase th? time spent ?ut b? ? f?w seconds.
- Crate Train Y?ur Dog
Th? majority ?f dogs l?k? crates ?? th?? ?r? den animals ?nd th? crate functions ?? ? den ?f sorts f?r m?n? dogs. Th?? enjoy th? safety ?nd comfort ?f th??r crate ?nd w?ll enjoy t?k?ng ? nap ?r ??m? quiet time ?n it.
Providing ? dog th?t suffers fr?m separation anxiety w?th ? crate m?? h?l? h?m feel m?r? comfortable ?nd secure but n?v?r close th? door wh?l? he’s ?n h?? crate ?r h? m?? panic wh??h w?ll increase h?? anxiety.
Place ??m? chews ?nd toys ?n th? crate t? k??? h?m busy ?nd include ?n ?ld T-shirt ?f ??ur? t? provide h?m w?th ??ur scent ?? th?? m?? h?l? calm him.
Because we did not start with crates, we assumed we could not crate at a later date. Our Vet told us that it is still a viable training method even for older dogs.
- K??? th? Radio On
A? dogs ?r? pack animals, th?? don’t l?k? b??ng alone. Social animals ?u?h ?? dogs ??n b???m? nervous ?r anxious wh?n ?l?n? ?nd leave th? radio ?n m?? h?l? th? dog feel l??? alone. K??? th? volume ?t ? reasonable level ?? ?n? wh?n th? radio program turns t? ?n advertisement ??ur dog isn’t scared ?ut ?f h?? wits w?th ?n increase ?n volume. Playing soothing music m?? ?l?? h?l? ??ur dog t? relax.
- Don’t administer harsh punishments
Physical punishment doesn’t work ?nd ?n ??m? instances m?? aggravate th? problem more. Th?? ?? b???u?? ??ur dog ?? n?t “acting out” t? upset you. Sh? ?? experiencing stress ?nd anxiety b???u?? ?h? n??d? t? b? properly trained h?w t? deal w?th th??? anxious feelings.
- Don’t ignore th? problem
Th? symptoms ?f dog separation anxiety won’t g? away. In fact, th?? ???m t? g?t progressively worse ?? th? dog matures, ?? ?t ?? b?tt?r t? nip th? behavior ?n th? bud b?f?r? ?t b???m?? ?v?n m?r? problematic.
So, ?f ??u notice th?t ??ur puppy ?? experiencing dog separation anxiety symptoms, don’t ignore them. Instead, start retraining h?r now.
- Develop ?n individualized program f?r ??ur dog
Th?r? ?r? numerous behavior modification training programs specifically f?r dogs w?th dog separation anxiety, ?nd ??n?? th?? condition affects dogs differently, ? ?n? size fits ?ll approach ?ft?n doesn’t work.
Instead, ??u h?v? t? develop ? ??rt??ul?r program th?t takes ?nt? consideration ??ur dog’s age, breed, anxiety tolerance level, motivational triggers, etc. Also, ??u m?? h?v? t? utilize anti-anxiety medications combined w?th behavior modification therapies f?r maximum benefits, depending ?n th? severity ?f th? issue.
- Engage ?n basic dog obedience training ?nd don’t spoil her.
Th?t is, don’t give ??ur dog t?? mu?h attention wh?n you’re home. Instead, encourage h?r t? play b? h?r??lf ?? mu?h ?? ?????bl? ?nd administer praise wh?n ?h? does. F?r instance, ?f ??u w?nt t? give h?r ? treat th?n m?k? h?r d? ? command l?k? sit b?f?r? ??u give ?t t? her. Th?? establishes ??u ?? th? pack leader ?nd ensures th?t ?h? understands h?r place ?? th? l?w?r pack member.
- Don’t m?k? leaving ??ur dog ? big deal
Don’t sit th?r? waving t? h?r f?r hours ?nd don’t t?ll h?r goodbye ? hundr?d times. Simply exercise h?r b?f?r? ??u leave, give h?r ? special treat, ?nd th?n leave w?th?ut making ? fuss. Then, wh?n ??u ??m? home, k??? ?t l?w key ?? well. Th?? w?ll demonstrate th?t ??ur leaving ?? n?t ? bad th?ng ?nd ?? ??m?th?ng th?t ?u?t happens. On? great trick ?? t? act l?k? you’re leaving ?nd th?n n?t g? ?n?wh?r? t? g?t h?r u??d t? b??ng left alone.
- Get a PetCube
The Petcube Camera is an interactive pet camera that lets you watch, talk and play with your
animals when you are away from home. You use your smartphone to connect with the camera.
It is an amazing device that is connected to an interactive laser toy and your pets can hear your voice and enjoy regular playtime and exercise. We first saw this at the Super Zoo Pet Show in Las Vegas last year and our pets love it and so do we.
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