by Rachel Howe
Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety. One of the top reasons dogs are given up or put down are because of their anxiety problems. They show it through barking, digging in the garbage, and creating messes inside the house. There are many reasons why dogs suffer from it. Lack of leadership and knowledge of dog separation anxiety cures are the top reason dogs suffer from anxiety. Another big reason they show anxious behavior is due to lack of exercise.
Here are some recommended dog separation anxiety cures:
1. Show your dog who is the leader. Dogs are naturally social animals, and when they are left alone they may show their anxious behaviors through messes or excitement when you come home. If you haven't established that you are the leader, their anxious behaviors may be worse when you leave.
2. Simply taking your dog for a walk before and after work can reduce the extra excitement and energy your dog builds up staying at home alone and, in turn, reduce the likelihood of negative behaviors. Just grab your dog’s leash and make sure they have dog id tags and you’re good to go.
3. Give your dog something to do when you’re gone like a chew toy or bone. When your dog has something to do, they are less likely to worry and suffer from separation issues.
Make sure that you don't greet your dog as soon as you get home. You want them to think that leaving and returning home are a natural part of the routine. Wait a few minutes before you decide to play with your dog when you arrive home and avoid making it known that you are leaving like saying, “bye” to your pet.
5. Practice these tips with your dog’s daily to improve their behavior and tension when you are away from home.
Below is a helpful video that covers dog separation anxiety cures: