How to help a dog with separation anxiety?
During the summer the dog owners usually have to leave their puppies at home alone or leave them at professional boarding services. Even if you search for the best kennels, pet sitters and walkers, even if you leave your dog for a short period of time, it results difficult and usually you miss them a lot. However, the dogs usually miss their owners even more.
You should bare in mind that leaving your dog alone might have serious impact on its health and behaviour. If you notice that your dog looks weird after you are reunited, be careful as it might have suffered from separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is one of the leading reasons why people give up their dogs.
Usually, the separation anxiety happens when your dog is left alone for more than 8 hours (that is why it does not happen too often in professional boarding centres). In many countries leaving your dog alone is covered by law and is limited to 4-6 hours. However, do not get paranoid – if you have to leave to work, etc, here are some tricks to follow:
Take your dog for a longer walk before you leave so it gets tired and will be aggressive. Make leaving and arriving home routine and unexcitable: it is not recommendable to make a big deal when leaving home or coming back.
Try to find something to keep your dog busy while you are gone – it might be something to chew so it does not start to eat your furniture! Leaving the radio or TV on might be a good way to make your dog feel like there is someone else at home.
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