Separation anxiety, also known in the world of dog training as owner absent misconduct, is one of the most common problems occurring in the world of dog training. Separation anxiety can manifest itself in many different ways, including chewing, destroying the owner’s property, excessive barking, self-destructive behavior, and inappropriate urination and bowel movement.
Dogs suffering from separation anxiety whine, bark, weep, weep, howl, howl, dig, chew and scratch at the door while their family members are away. Well-intentioned owners often unknowingly encourage this misconduct by rushing home to calm the dog, but it is important for the well-being of dog and owner that the dog learns to deal with longer separation times.
How the owner leaves the house can often contribute to problems with fear of separation. A long and tedious farewell period can aggravate the situation by making the dog feel even more isolated when the owner finally leaves. These long types of farewells can excite the dog and then give him a lot of excess energy and no way to work them off. These excited, isolated dogs often work off their excess energy in the most destructive ways, such as chewing a favorite carpet or piece of furniture.
Excess energy is often confused with separation anxiety because the results are often the same. If you think that excess energy can be the problem, try giving your dog more exercise to see if it eliminates the problem.
If separation anxiety is really the problem, it is important to address the root causes of that anxiety. To avoid separation anxiety, it is important for the dog to feel happy, safe, secure and comfortable while the owner is away for the day. For example, it is important to give the dog many things to keep him busy during his absence. This means that it is equipped with many toys such as balls or chews. A pet companion is often also effective in relieving separation anxiety. Giving the dog a playmate, such as another dog or cat, is a good way for busy pet parents and pets alike to cope with the stress of being alone.
Putting aside planned play times during which the pet receives your undivided attention is another great way to relieve boredom and separation anxiety. Playing with the dog and getting enough attention and exercise is a proven way to avoid a stressed and anxious dog. A happy dog who is well trained and conditioned will usually sleep happily all day and wait patiently for his owner to return.
It is important to plan one of these daily game sessions before you leave the house every day. It is important to give the dog a few minutes to calm down after the play before you leave.
For dogs who already have separation anxiety and related misbehavior, it is important that they gradually get used to their departure. Practice leaving and returning at irregular intervals, several times a day. If you do this, your dog will get used to your departure and help him realize that you are not leaving him forever. Dogs that have been lost before, or those that have been brought into shelters and resumed often have the biggest problems with separation anxiety. Part of the treatment for this problem is to teach the dog that your departure is not permanent.