Your dog is a wild, spinning, and a frantic bundle of energy when you get home from work. You are greeted by your dog in your bedroom. She has destroyed your expensive shoes. Your neighbor complains to you that your dog is causing havoc in the neighborhood by howling all day. This is likely to be the case if your dog suffers from separation anxiety.
These are five tips for having dog separation anxiety training
Before you leave the house, take your dog on a walk.
Start your day with a brisk walk with the dog. To make the walk more challenging, you can use a dog pack that has additional weight. Reward the dog for its calm, submissive energy with food and water. All dogs can benefit from some water, even though they need to rest before eating. This is where you can leave your dog to relax and be calm while you're away.
No talk, no touch, no eye contact
Don't make too much noise when you leave the house or when you return. Doing so will communicate to your dog that it isn't difficult for you to be away. You may need to practice this rule for five minutes or more depending on how anxious your dog is.
Before you go, say goodbye to your dog
If your dog is having difficulty with the no-touch, no talk, or eye contact rule, don't forget to say goodbye. Remember that this is for your dog, so don't be afraid to leave.
Be calm and assertive
When you're ready to go, let your worries, guilt, and nervousness go. Instead, let the dog know that everything will be fine by projecting the confidence of a leader to him. Dogs can be less anxious about separation anxiety if they have calm and assertive leaders.
Start small, leaving your dog alone for five minutes.
Allow the dog to be left alone for five minutes, then increase this time to 20 minutes and finally to an hour. You can increase your time away over a week to reach 8 hours.