Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can be defined as a problem behavior that shows itself through symptoms such as excessive salivation, barking, whining, destroying items in the home, attempting to escape from the crate or room, eliminating in the room or crate, scratching at walls, doors and floors, and even jumping through windows.
I have found that in most cases, the foundation of proper crate training has not been developed. By allowing the dog to experience short periods of time inside the crate, even a few seconds at a time while you are home, he/she will become desensitized to you leaving him alone in the crate. By running through the drill/routine of leaving only to return in a few seconds (in the beginning), minutes and eventually hours later they will eventually become desensitized to the event. No eye contact, talking to or touching the dog during this time is critical – when you’re leaving as well as returning!
To help your dog adjust to being alone in the crate, provide treat toys like Kong’s stuffed with peanut butter and treat balls. Favorite toys given to the dog during these short separation periods can teach the dog something good happens every time you leave.
Remember, a stair step approach and taking baby steps is crucial in overcoming this very difficult problem behavior.
Also, A TIRED DOG IS A GOOD DOG! Please remember that the proper amount of exercise is paramount in helping curtail all problem behaviors!

 

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