Return to School Blues
Children and dogs are typically best of buddies. This is why so many dogs are in a state of agitation when their small-sized classmates return to school after summer is over. This can cause dog separation anxiety. which is a mental disorder that manifests in crying, barking, crying or defecation and other signs of destruction when the dog is at home alone.
Here are five easy steps that veterinarian behaviourist Lisa Radosta recommends for how to reduce separation anxiety in dogs.
1. Do not ignore the dog
Pay attention not to your dog’s behavior when he is following the family or you members around the home. Numerous attention seeking behavior, such as dog and dog separation anxiety could easily be addressed by simply ignoring them.
2. Play it Cool
Make sure that you hide all exit signals from your dog , so they don’t begin to connect them with your departure or that of your children.
3. Beware of Meltdowns
Be sure that your dog doesn’t experience an out-of-control emotional response. This means that he must not follow you to the door when you are about to go home. Instead, put him in a crate that has an activity that is fun in the time before you and your family members are getting ready to go.
4. Make use of the Crate to house your dog. Crate
Place your dog in the cage for between 10 and 15 minutes every day while your family is at in the house. The time spent in the crate should be enjoyable and not a punishment. So, the time spent in the crate won’t be associated with the departure of your family.
5. Have Fun!
Associate the departure of your family members with something amazing, like the rare canine treats that only he gets at this time of day. Always insist that your dog sit prior to you interacting with him. This establishes a regular well-structured interaction between both of you puppy and helps him learn how to attract the attention of you.