Dealing with a puppy’s separation anxiety is a challenging task for most puppy parents. With work and other daily responsibilities, it can be hard to find a way to calm your puppy down every time you leave for work. But don’t worry—there are a number of ways you can help remedy this problem. Let’s take […]
Dealing with a puppy’s separation anxiety is a challenging task for most puppy parents. With work and other daily responsibilities, it can be hard to find a way to calm your puppy down every time you leave for work. But don’t worry—there are a number of ways you can help remedy this problem. Let’s take a look at 5 tips you can use to ease your puppy’s separation anxiety:
Keep your pup calm when you’re getting ready.
You can keep your puppy calm by staying calm and assertive yourself in front of them. Avoid showing signs of guilt or sadness as it’s easy for your puppy to pick up on this and
trigger anxious behavior. You can also try practicing getting ready with your pup through the use of positive reinforcement and conditioning. Just pick a time to do an activity that’s part of your “getting ready” routine and practice keeping your furry friend calm.
Take your pup for a walk before leaving.
A good way to help your puppy’s separation anxiety is by taking them out for a walk. A long walk can help your puppy relax and allows them to use up their energy. You can make the walk more rigorous by switching between walking and running. If your puppy is a little older, you can also have them wear a doggie backpack that puts extra weight. Make sure to bring enough water and food for your fur-baby’s strength.
Say goodbye to your puppy.
Before leaving your house, you can show your puppy some affection through cuddles and kisses. You can also tell them “goodbye” and that you will miss them while you’re out. Doing this repeatedly helps your puppy know that you’re leaving. If you’re unable to keep calm as you’re getting ready, telling your pup goodbye can help you stay relaxed (and guiltless!).
Give your puppy something to do.
Whether it’s a specific TV channel or a toy, giving your puppy an activity before you leave keeps them distracted from their anxious behavior. Kong toys, for instance, requires that your puppy work to fish out their food or treats. Apart from distraction, this activity provides a lot of mental stimulation and enrichment. If your puppy has a severe form of separation anxiety, a Kong toy or other objects may not be enough to keep them busy.
Teach your puppy independence.
Independent behaviors can be taught through several different exercises, such as playing games involving distance and giving your puppy their own space. When you teach your puppy independence, it can boost their confidence when you’re away. It shows them that they don’t need to be at your side all the time.
If your puppy has severe separation anxiety and none of these tips work, you may need to consult with a puppy behavior specialist. While separation anxiety is dependent on each puppy, you can definitely help keep your fur-baby under control.
Your puppy may also be showing signs of boredom rather than separation anxiety. Check out our blog, Is Your Puppy Bored? to find out.