Some poor pups have separation anxiety, causing them to feel lonely, helpless, and overwhelmed when their owners leave for work or go out. This anxiety can result in destructive behavior, such as busting through walls or doors, tearing up furniture, or slinging food and water throughout the house.
However, to avoid this destructive behavior, you can combat separation anxiety by following the following steps to better train your pup.
Ignore the Meltdown Until Your Pup Has Calmed
When you get home, does your pup jump up and down, run in circles, yip and bark, and generally make a rambunctious mess of your living room? Ignore it. Sure, it’s your first instinct to get down on their level. But your pup needs to realize when it’s time to be calm and when it’s time to release their energies. When your canine has calmed down, then you can commence snuggles and greetings.
Teach Your Pup a Word or Action That Lets Them Know You Will Come Right Back
Dogs are quick learners and amazing at following simple words and instructions. Establish a word or action that lets your canine companion know that you are coming back. Make a routine on your way out the door that lets your pup know that you are going out too.
For instance, before you leave, make a show of narrating your intentions. Say you are going out or going to work, grab your coat and anything you need, pat your dog on the head, use the keyword to let them know you are coming back, and leave.
Scent Their Bed or Crate with Clothes That Smell Like You
Your pup is used to your scent. So, give them something comforting to sleep on when you’re away. Tear up an old shirt or socks to put in their bed or crate. Or, use your favorite deodorant under the cushion of their doggie bed to give them the scent of you without allowing them to roll around in it.
Leave a Television or Radio to Keep Your Pup Company
Sometimes dogs need noise to feel comfortable, especially in a house with kids. If you and your family head out the door, turn on a radio or television to give your pup the illusion that someone is still at home. Or, better yet, use Olympus dictation equipment to record your voice and replay the same