Reducing Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety
Are you greeted by an anxious, hyperactive dog that spins, jumps, and has bounds of energy when you walk through the door? If this scenario seems familiar, it is likely that your dog is experiencing some separation anxiety. In order to reduce Canine Liability and anxiety in your pet, consider the following recommendations.
Walk your Dog
Before leaving for work, walk your dog so he can get his energy out. If you don’t have a lot of time in the mornings, consider using a weighted backpack to put on your dog to use up more of their energy in a smaller amount of time. Once back inside, reward your pup with food and water.
No Touch, Talk, or Eye Contact
In dog behavior expert Cesar Milan’s famous words, don’t touch, talk to, or give eye contact to your pet when you are leaving. Don’t make a big deal when you leave for the day or when you return, so you are communicating to your dog that the time apart is no big deal, says Cesar’s Way.
While it may be difficult to remain assertive and calm knowing your dog will likely become anxious when you leave, do your best to demonstrate the behavior you wish to see in your pet. This way, your dog understands that there is no reason to be worried, reducing anxious behavior.
Take Baby Steps
Depending on the severity of your dog’s anxiety, start out by practicing leaving in small increments and slowly build up to a whole day. Leave your dog alone for 5 minutes, then 10, then 30, and so on. If your dog responds positively and seems relaxed, increase the intervals more. And vice versa; if your dog is struggling to cope, continue to do small increments.
It is important to note that dogs that are anxious are more likely to defend themselves and their owners. While these behaviors may be common and seem relatively harmless, they should be addressed in order to prevent potential issues in the future.
In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches or causing them to fall. Injuries to other animals are also included. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.