Canine Separation Anxiety Symptoms And Cures
Canine Separation Anxiety
Canine Separation Anxiety Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Canine Separation Anxiety Prevention

Preventing most dogs from developing separation anxiety is fairly simple. Barring cases of strong genetic disposition, small preventative measures tend to be quickly effective.

Many of the ideas used to prevent separation anxiety from becoming a problem are simply less difficult and in-depth versions of measures used to try to correct separation anxiety. As with most problems, separation anxiety is usually easier to prevent than cure.

Think of habits and behaviors that will discourage the development of separation anxiety as essentially the opposite of the behaviors listed in possible causes of separation anxiety. When introducing a new dog into the home simply follow these guidelines to avoid future problems with separation anxiety:

•    Minimize arrivals and departures. Pay extra attention to the dog an hour before you leave or after you return, but not immediately before or after. In other words, don’t make a big deal out of leaving or returning. Your dog will take the queue from you that separation is not a big deal. 

•    Set boundaries in the home.  A dog that has firm boundaries from day one feels secure in knowing he is not in charge and can therefore rest easy and let the pack leader (you) take care of business. It is a huge burden for a dog who feels he is in charge. He can’t control you or protect you when you are gone, and this makes him very nervous. 

•    Give your dog alone time. From the time you bring a new dog home, separate yourself from the dog for varying amounts of time. Use a back yard or a baby gate in the home to teach the dog that separation is to be expected and not feared. Don’t use separation time as punishment, or turn it into a negative time for the dog. Treat separation time as matter-of-factly as possible.

Individuals bringing young puppies into the home may find some of these concepts especially helpful. These measures combined with crate training will go a long way in teaching a puppy that his “den” (crate) is a safe place day or night, alone, or in his owner’s company.

These acclimation exercises will also aid in most puppies’ understanding of respecting the den in terms of the house-breaking process and destructive chewing.

Canine Separation Anxiety Symptoms And Cures