May 25, 2008

anxdogby Ehow Pets Editor:

 

Barking, whining, escaping, destructive behavior or, in severe cases, self-mutilation can be your dog’s way of expressing anxiety over your absence.

 

Things You’ll Need:

Dog Treats

Dog Dishes

Dog Leashes

Dog Toys

  • Step1
Consult your veterinarian to get a correct diagnosis of separation anxiety. Your veterinarian will help you with treatment or refer you to an animal behaviorist who can prescribe effective drug therapies to alleviate your dog’s anxieties.
  • Step2

Practice leaving your dog alone for short periods of time. Pick up your keys and leave for 1 minute.

  • Step3

Gradually increase the amount of time you stay away. This will accustom your dog to your absence.

  • Step4

Avoid overly emotional good-byes and greetings. Instead, pat your dog on the head and offer a quick good-bye or hello.

  • Step5

Keep your dog confined in a safe area while you are away. Be sure to leave a bowl of water and plenty of chew toys.

  • Step6

Exercise your dog for an hour each day in places other than your yard or home. This helps your dog feel comfortable in other locations and lets her blow off steam.

  • Step7

Praise your dog often to build self-confidence, rather than punishing her for exhibiting frightened behaviors. Punishment only increases anxiety and makes the situation worse.

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