Separation anxiety is one of the more challenging behavior modification problems you can run across if your dog suffers from this terribly disturbing affliction. This is really tough on your dog, not to mention the stress it can cause you also, the dog owner.
Dealing with a dog that has separation anxiety is fundamentally very simple, yet it can be very time consuming for you if you have a dog with a higher degree of CSA. There are a lot of tricks that you can try to help out a dog with milder versions of separation problems, I’m not going to list them here because most dog training and behavior sites will have them for you.
Some of the things you will read on those sites will be beneficial to some degree for your dog, while other remedies will not have the desired effect you were hoping for.
A dog that has severe separation anxiety is not going to be fooled into thinking that you haven’t left your home, by any of the tricks that are taught on other sites.
- Some of those tricks being stuffing some sort of toy with tender little treat morsels, so your dog will busy himself with, as you walk out the door.
The problem with this is, separation anxiety is a fear based behavior and a scared dog will not eat.
- Another trick being, giving your dog an article of clothing that has your scent on it.
Unless your dog is being boarded somewhere else other than your home, this is probably not the best advice considering your scent is all over your home anyway. An article of your clothing is not going to be much help.
There’s lots of other little tidbits of advice like the two listed above that will help with mild to moderate forms of separation anxieties, so I hope you don’t dismiss these as ineffective methods.
What I’m hoping for is if you don’t have the desired results in relieving some of your dogs anxiety issues, you try another approach instead of throwing in the towel.
I’ll address what you can do if your dog has severe CSA in a future post.
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