My Dog Has Separation Anxiety – Help!

My dog has separation anxiety – what do I do? Dogs with an abuse history or nervous dogs are more likely to have separation anxiety. Barking, whining, chewing objects or cowering are all signs of anxiety. The good news: it is curable for the majority of dogs. Our certified trainers are equipped to handle this issue. Lack of confidence is the biggest culprit and we show you how to build confidence in your dog.

Separation anxiety is a learned behavior, although some breeds such as German Shepherds or Malinois can be more prone. Rescue dogs are more prone to this issue based on past stressors. Defeating this behavior involves training both the owner and the dog. A learned behavior can be addressed with training, patience and effort.

Small Steps and Stay Consistent

Dogs are different and we tailor our approach to match YOUR dogs specific issues. Some dogs become anxious as soon as their owner is not in their immediate line of sight. Other dogs display separation anxiety when their owner physically leaves the house. Other cases show dogs become stressed after a specific period of time has passed. Even though different root causes and symptoms are shown, it is best to have an expert work with you.

Dogs with separation anxiety need more separation.  Place them in their crate or in another room throughout the day, even when you are still home.  This helps your dog acclimate to being “alone” and separated from you even while you are home. Start small and increase the duration and frequency. This will build your confidence as well as your dogs. Make it a positive experience, such as giving them a favorite toy or treat. Stay consistent and have patience. Contact us at (805) 335-2144 or if you have additional questions.

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