How to Stop Separation Anxiety in Dogs

How to correct separation anxiety in dogs

Knowing how to stop separation anxiety in dogs is an extremely important subject for some dog owners. It can be nerve-wracking if you can’t leave your house without your dog having major problems.

I have never had that problem with my dogs. They are probably happy to see me go.

But others are desperate for help. 

I read an article in Dogster.com that is written by one of the owners who needs help desperately. The article is entitled, “I Don’t Think My Dog Will Ever Get Over His Separation Anxiety” by Dan Kamys, the dog owner. He is obviously looking for how to stop separation anxiety in dogs.

Here is a quote from the article:

After a particularly bad breakup, I found myself in a rut. College and work at my dad’s business kept me busy enough, but the time I did have alone really got to me. We already had a dog, a little designer mutt appropriately named Chanel, but she was the family dog. I decided that the best way to get over my loneliness would be to get a dog of my own. So one day after work I bought Onyx.

From the beginning I knew Onyx was a little bit different from other dogs. He loved exploring, loved chasing Chanel (which was fine because she’s fat and needed the exercise), but he always made sure that someone from our family was always close to him. He’d climb up the stairs of our deck, but would always look back to make sure I was at the bottom.

At night, it was even more extreme. For the first month that I had Onyx, I slept on an air mattress next to his crate. No use, he kept crying the whole night. Eventually, I broke down and let him sleep on the air mattress next to me. Bad move, I know, but I couldn’t help it with the little crying black ball of fur, especially when it was 2 a.m. and I was tired.

You can read the entire article here. Mr. Kamys goes into the details of the severe problems he has with Onyx’s separation anxiety. It is a major problem for him.

I have studied separation anxiety in dogs for some time. This psychological problem seems to be most prevalent in rescue dogs. They have been abandoned by their owners and are terrified of it happening to them again.

Separation anxiety is a fairly common problem in dogs. There are ways to deal with this problem.

Some things that seem to help include soothing music that is played while the owner is at home and away; toys such as a kong that occupies the dog’s mind while the owner is away; and exercise (such as a long walk) just before the owner leaves the house.

Below is a video from one of my favorite trainers, Nigel Reed. He demonstrates how to deal with this behavior in a way I haven’t seen before. I hope you enjoy the video.

Dear readers, have you ever had to determine how to stop separation anxiety in dogs? What are your suggestions?

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