Is it a common occurrence for you to return home after work to find that your pooch has chewed up the baseboards or soiled the house? Does your dog bark excessively every time you leave home? These types of behaviors may be signs that your best friend is suffering from separation anxiety. Regardless of whether or not your dog has been trained and socialized, he or she may still develop separation anxiety, particularly if they are overly-attached to you.
How to Help Your Dog Overcome Separation Anxiety
It is key to help your dog feel more comfortable being alone. After all, dogs are sociable animals and thrive when they are around both their two and four-legged friends. Here are a number of solutions you can try to help relieve your pet’s distress:
- Try using Adaptil, a pheromone collar or diffuser that releases a relaxing odor that your dog can detect and gain comfort from.
- If you dog is accustomed to body contact and touch, try using a Thundershirt, a wrap that applies gentle pressure, which can be reassuring and calming to the nervous system.
- Give your dog a kong stuffed with peanut butter, a pig’s ear or a tasty treat. Chewing is a great stress reliever for dogs.
- Ask a family member or neighbor to visit your dog while you are out.
- Take your dog with you to work sometimes.
- Sign your dog up for doggy daycare.
- Arrange a playdate with another dog.
- Consider getting a second dog; two dogs can be company for one another when you are absent.
- Crate train your dog so they have a ‘safe place’ where they can feel secure and comfortable.
Stella Ruffington’s Doggy Daycare provides kennel-free daycare services for dogs of all ages and sizes, and kennel-free boarding for overnight guests. If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, we can provide a safe and enjoyable space for him or her to play and socialize with other dogs, while you continue your daily activities. Our team of dedicated dog lovers and care givers will keep your pooch busy during their stay so you don’t have to worry about any destructive behavior occurring at home.