Dog Anxiety Training

There are several kinds of anxiety spells dogs can go through.  Separation anxiety is the fear of being left alone.  Just straight up anxiety where you see a dog panting, pacing and crying is just a fear of the unknown.  This is a common anxious feeling that humans get as well.  Below are some tips:

Separation anxiety questions to see if your dog truly has it:

Do you find that your dog hates to be left alone?

Does your dog get frantic to see you when they’re left outside?

Are you unable to leave your dog in another room alone?

Separation anxiety is an emotional commotion where your dog gets frantic when left alone, even for short periods of time.

We will show you how to wean your dog from constant attention by limiting physical contact. We show you how to work with your dog so that they must earn your attention. Slowly teach your dog to sit happily across the room from you.

 ANXIETY TRAINING TIPS

Teach your how dog to relax alone by leaving them in a room where they are comfortable and offering them a puzzle or toy to distract them from you leaving the room. Wait a short period of time and go back into the room with your dog for the first few minutes. You don’t want to enter the room if your dog is scratching or whining at the door, so to succeed, start out with only a couple of minutes and cut the duration of time you’re away from the room if necessary.

Crate train your dog so they will be in a confined and safe place while you’re away. Your dog will be relaxed and feel safe. Do this by teaching your dog to be in the crate when you’re present, while you come and go from the room several times.

When you come home, or leave don’t make a big fuss over your furry friend. Ignore your dog until they’re calm then a quiet hello and a brief pat will suffice. When you leave, don’t say good-bye or anything else. Practice going through your about to leave routine without actually going anywhere. Pick up your purse, jacket, keys etc., and ignore your dog. Walk to the door and then turn and come directly back in, not paying any attention to your dog. Soon those visual cues will not have meaning, and your dog will not react to them.

Leave a radio or TV on so the house doesn’t feel so empty. Classical music will help, too. Dog training classes also improves your dog’s confidence.

Give the solutions presented here ample time to work. It takes multiple weeks for your dog to learn a new behavior pattern and make it habitual. Several weeks invested in dog training will result in many happy years with your newly-adjusted furry friend.

Dog Chews everything: Inappropriate chewing

Many dogs are prone to chew. It is as common as barking or digging. Puppies, like young children, want to explore the world with their mouths. Dogs between 6 and 12 months old are getting their adult teeth and chew to relieve the pain of teething and itching gums. Adult dogs chew for many reasons such as boredom, loneliness or just because they enjoy it.

Teaching your dog to gnaw on the right items while stopping them from inflicting serious damage to your home can protect both your possessions and your dog.

When you catch your dog in the act, take the item away. Show them how to bring things to you and reward them for doing so. If you scream and chase your dog it becomes a game of keep-away. Give them something they are allowed to chew on instead. Praise your dog when they begin to chew on the proper toy.

 

 

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Chewing Continued….

Your dog will possibly chew out of anxiety while you’re away, and may unfortunately choose the wrong item, like the couch. When you leave, keep your dog in a crate when you aren’t able to supervise their activity. Give them special chew treats that your dog is only allowed to enjoy while being in the crate.

There is no reason to punish your dog once the damage is done. The damage may have been done several hours ago, and your dog doesn’t know what you are so upset about. Your dog will come to learn that when you arrive home you’re mad, and they’ll start looking guilty and cowering even when they haven’t done anything wrong. Ensure your dog gets enough exercise every day and lots of time with you, even if it is just lying at your feet. Loneliness, boredom and excess energy are often the trigger destructive chewing. Keep a regular routine. give your dog lots of appropriate chew toys. Try rotating out chew toys to keep interest high.