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Dealing with separation anxiety

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It is not terribly common, but it is heartbreaking to have a pet that does not cope well with being left alone. In most cases it is triggered by the departure of a specific individual. Some of the ways dogs react to this anxiety are: scratching point of exit, chewing, barking, whimpering, pacing, panting and some even lose control of their bladder or bowls. Most of the time the anxiety is caused by a traumatic experience, that may have occurred in your pets past. Sometimes something as simple as getting your pet a “friend” will solve the problem. However in most cases it seems only human attention will relieve this fear.

There are ways to help relieve this stress to your pet. Here a some of them. First of all, you can talk to your vet who may prescribe a medication that can be given to your pet a certain amount of time before your departure. Please remember it may not work completely and, depending on the animal, may wear off before you return so it is best to combine it with another technique. You can also try using aroma therapy plug-ins designed to calm pets which, again, works depending on your animal. Another option you can try is what trainers call the “safety signal” method. You are going to give your pet a special toy that they only get when you leave. You give them the toy, pretend to leave, then take away the toy when you return. As you increase the amount of time you are “gone” your pet will begin to understand, when they receive this toy you are not really gone. Therefore you can actually leave without your pet realizing they are alone. This method can take a lot of time and may not work on all animals. You can also do this by taking your dog to a day sitter so the house becomes the “safety signal”. It is always best to discuss any options with your vet and even consult a professional trainer who can help you design a plan that is specified to your dog. Brought to you by: OvernightPetTags.com

2 thoughts on “Dealing with separation anxiety

  1. It is a lot of strain on us pets when the humans leave us alone – I agree with that so much! When mom leaves me in the morning, she gives me her t-shirt that she slept in the night before to wallow in all day and sleep with. Then I have my toys. It’s just not separation anxiety for dogs – even us pigs have it too. I look forward to reading more of your blogs. XOXO – Bacon

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