Separation anxiety is a major behaviour issue that could have a big impact on both yours and the doggie’s quality of life. By understanding the issue, you can prevent it from happening or treat it effectively. Below is a short list of the potential different solution that can prevent or treat the separation anxiety. One or a combination of the solutions below have been identified by many dog owners as being very effective in helping to solve their puppy or older dog’s separation anxiety issue.
- For puppy: kennel training will help
- When you are home, keep the puppy in kennel at times while you are home. The puppy can hear you talk and clean. This really helps with separation anxiety.
- From time to time feed puppy or give treat in the crate to associate positive things with the crate
- Try to leave a shirt you have worn in the crate will help with anxiety as well
- Use a sheet to cover the kennel if needed
- Squeaky toys and chewy will help
- For us personally for the the first few month we prevented the puppy to go upstairs to protect her joint. This actually helps with separation anxiety as when we are working upstairs, she is downstairs by herself so she is used to not having us around all the time
- Socialization with people and other dog – dog daycare or hotel once a week is a good option for socialization. The key is to make sure the dog is getting used to you not always around.
- Huge Teddy Bear
- Stuffy toys
- Another doggie
- Exercise: have enough physical and brain exercises that are age-appropriate for the dog or puppy will help the dog to settle down if you are not around. It will help with socialization as well as the dog will get to see other dogs on the streets so they are not only focus on you all the time.
Make sure you consult with your vet prior to using any of the medication options below. I would recommend talking to a behaviour trainer first if you are to go with any medical or supplementary solution.
- Trazodone for the day that you are away or even daily. This works really well for many people. It could be life changing for both the doggie and owner and it is a common medication used in shelter as well.
- CBD treat
There are also behavioural dog trainer that can really help. Identification of the problem is the key. If you stay positive and patience, there are many people that can support you during this process.