Severe Dog Separation Anxiety
Severe cases of separation anxiety are more difficult to take care of and will take more time to treat. You may also take your dog or puppy to the veterinarian to see what he or she recommends. You still want to start out with the solutions that were described in detail for mild separation anxiety, as well as read up on the reasons why your dog puppy may have developed separation anxiety disorder. It is important that you learn the possible causes of dog separation anxiety and that you get the help you and your dog deserve. Furthermore, if you have an older dog, it may take longer to break her habits and create healthier ones. Older dog separation anxiety may be more severe, but remember that the faster you get on board to try to fix her problem, the better it will be in the long run.
Desensitizing Your Dog
The primary treatment for these cases is using a process that involves desensitization techniques. It will allow your dog or puppy to get used to being left alone and not get worked up. Like mentioned above, get your puppy used to not always being near you when you are home. Also, do not pay any mind to attention-seeking behavior, such as barking, whining, or jumping up; she might think it is perfectly fine to behavior in this manner to get your attention. Slowly increase the time you are apart making sure that your dog or puppy does not show any signs of anxiety. Be sure you still plenty of time together for exercise, basic training, and just plain fun.
Another sign of separation anxiety is that your dog or puppy will not go outside without you. You want her to get used to being outside while you are inside the home. Start out by leaving your dog outside only for a few brief seconds and then going out or letting her back in. You have to make sure that your puppy shows no signs of separation anxiety while the two of you are apart. You could try giving your dog a treat or a chew toy to keep her distracted and keep her from trying to immediately come back to you. Remember that when you are reunited with your dog that you should greet her and pet her only if she calm. Try to gradually lengthen the time that she spends outside without until she is comfortable being outside without for a good period of time, such as 30 minutes.
After your dog has learned that she does not have to constantly near you, figure out if there are any triggers that cause her to become anxious. For example, when you grab your coat or put on your shoes, does she immediately start whining or trying to jump on you?Perhaps when you grab your car keys, she immediately begins to tremble. She may have grown accustomed to the routine you normally go through, even something simple as brushing your hair or applying make-up. You want to keep in mind all the triggers that cause anxiety in your dog or puppy and maybe write them down if this will help you. Your next step is to begin with the activity you do first, such as putting on your shoes. Put on your shoes and then sit down to watch television. Take off your shoes and set in their normal place; then repeat this action again. Put on your shoes and walk to another room of the house and simply sit down. Your dog may seem to get anxious at first, but when she sees that you have not continued your normal routine and have not gone anywhere, your action will soon go unnoticed. Now, you can move on to another trigger, like putting on your coat. After putting on your shoes put on your coat and sit down or do things around the house. Try picking up your car keys and just carry them around your home as you clean up or read the newspaper. Next, after your normal routine, try opening the door and then closing it again. If your dog or puppy gets very anxious and worked up stop and take a step back. Soon your puppy will begin to these actions as normal day-today occurrences and not get stressed out. It may take a couple of weeks, but you will see that your dog will probably begin to ignore your actions.
Next, step outside without closing the door and step back in. When you see that your actions have no effect on your dog's behavior and she is completely calm, you can begin your absences. First step outside and close the door and come back in after 2 seconds. Repeat this several times and see how your puppy or dog reacts. If she is calm, you can increase the time to 3 seconds. Gradually, you want to increase the time you step outside ad shut the door. If your puppy shows signs of anxiety, such as barking or whining, decrease the time by a couple a seconds to an amount that she can handle. Remember to take your time; this is a long process that requires a lot of patience. Every once in a while, practice a shorter absence, so that your dog does not think that your absences will get longer each time. This can bring on anxiety in your dog, the very thing you want to avoid. Eventually, you will be able to stay on the opposite side of the door for a longer period of time. After your dog can handle a couple of minutes, try walking around the block and then coming back. Afterwards, you can upgrade to starting the car and going around the block and come back inside. When you come back inside, remember that you should greet your dog if she is not calm. You want to come in quietly, perhaps take off your shoes, walk into the kitchen and then greet your dog or puppy. Be sure to practice as much as possible. Try going out for a short period of time, such as taking out the garbage, as well longer absences, such as going to the store for milk. If your dog can handle absences of 30 to 90 minutes, she can probably handle longer periods of time by herself. The length of time it takes for you to treat your dog's separation anxiety depend on how severe her problem is and the amount of time you allow for practice.
Anti-anxiety Medications for your Dog
You may also take your dog or puppy to the veterinarian to see what he or she recommends. She may prescribe anti-anxiety medication for your dog or puppy. My personal belief is that you should use these drugs as a last resort or if absolutely necessary. You may find that by following the above solutions, you can help with the treatment of your dog's separation anxiety. There are also other resources that can give additional tips and solutions for your dog or puppy. If giving medications to your puppy is a path you do not want to go down with, then you can benefit from one these sources: (Kingdom 6 Day Course). Remember you want your puppy to healthy and comfortable! You want to make sure that he is safe in your home and that she does not go around destroying your home. However, there are cases when medications are necessary unless you want to give your lovable pet away. Two popular medications available for your dog include Clomicalm and Reconcile. Remember to get a prescription from your vet and follow instruction accordingly; this is important to ensure your dog's safety! Keep in mind that you will need to start behavior modifications described above along with the medications. Be sure you know how long your puppy needs to be on the medication before it starts to take effect. Do not begin behavior modification until then! It may be difficult for you to have to give your dog medications, but remember that it is in her best interest and I would do it if I had to.
Separation anxiety is a serious disorder that must be attended to immediately in order to keep it from getting worse. Remember to be patience and work through it with your dog or puppy. Aside from this article, we have provided other material that can help you find separation anxiety solutions suitable for both you and your dog. In them you will find even more help from great professionals that will ensure that your puppy is on the right track to being happy and healthy. And most importantly, help you save time and trouble with your puppy by avoiding future behavior problems and bad habits.
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