Preventing Separation Anxiety in Puppies

Preventing Separation Anxiety in Puppies

Preventing separation anxiety in puppies may prove to be one of a puppy owner’s most important tasks. It is a serious problem that is much easier to prevent than to treat, so start with prevention.

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Here are a few ideas for you to think about …

Teach your puppy to be alone.

It may seem silly to some of you, but failing to do so results in a dog which cannot handle being by himself, setting the stage for devastating separation anxiety.

Keep greetings and departures low-key.

Highly emotional comings and goings ramp up a dog’s arousal level. Then it’s harder for him to be left alone. Some owners simply leave without saying goodbye at all.

Help your puppy associate your departure cues with good things.

The idea is to teach your pup to associate the signs of your departure with feeling good. Some owners save special, high-value toys and treats to help this process along.

Follow a “Nothing in Life is Free” protocol.

It is important for puppies to learn they must “earn” the things want. Make your pup sit before you feed him, or he goes out to play, or gets petted. Do not give valued resources like food, toys, attention and exercise for free just because he’s cute!

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