Separation anxiety in dogs can lead to a LOT of problems either down the road or right now. Your dog can learn bad behavioral skills that can be hard to counteract, however there is a way to help treat separation anxiety. Though not foolproof, I will teach you 3 easy tips to help reduce separation anxiety in dogs.
Before we look at ways to treat it we must look at what we are fighting. Separation anxiety is a mentality problem where your dog faces increased anxiety as soon as you leave their side. Sometimes this can become so severe that the dog will lose their mind even if they can see you doing yard work right outside.
Separation anxiety can lead to your dog having destructive behaviors while you are away. Some of the more common behaviors include chewing on anything and everything, peeing/ pooping inside, constant barking, digging, escaping the house or back yard, and aggressive actions. None of these are desirable and can lead to your dog possibly getting hurt. If you notice your dog whining scratching or barking at the door behind you as you leave this may be a sign that your furry friend might have separation anxiety.
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Now that we have covered some of the basics about separation anxiety let's get into the three easy tips to help reduce separation anxiety in dogs.
Many times you leave your dog may be fearful of something, either the thought of you not coming back, or the fear of being alone. Either way this can be helped by giving them a space where they feel comfortable. A real orthopedic dog bed can do this! If you get your pup a real orthopedic dog bed like our Comfort deluxe memory foam dog bed then put an old t-shirt or blanket on it they will be able to cuddle up next to something that has your scent. Having an orthopedic bed during this is important as well, most dog beds don't give proper support so dogs won't stay in them for long periods. An orthopedic bed can give your dog support to stay comfy next to your comfort item making them less prone to having an outburst of anxiety.
A growing trend in the dog supplement world is CBD or cannabidiol, a substance found in the hemp plant that is associated with an impressive amount of beneficial properties. One of which is the production of serotonin, a compound released by our brain that is a calming agent. CBD oil is perfect for dogs due to the ease of use, and because proper distributors and manufacturers are now producing this product it contains less than .03% THC which makes it safe for dogs to consume! Simply give your dog the recommended dosage a half hour before you leave and your dog should have no problems for the entire day thanks to the miracles CBD can produce.
Separation anxiety in dogs is becoming so common that most trainers can help your dog learn that there is nothing to be afraid of. Through a positive reinforcement based training program your dog can go from separation anxiety to sleeping calmly throughout the day. This may take some time and effort but it is proven to work if properly executed. Simply limit the amount of time you are away from your dog. First just walk out the door then back in and if your dog doesn't react give them a treat. Repeat this by going further and further for longer amounts of time until you can go the entire day without an incident.
Separation anxiety can be tricky and not all solutions may work for any given dog. It is important to try however as it will give both you and your dog some much needed peace of mind. As with anything it is a good idea to contact your veterinarian about anything as they may be able to help on a further level. If this helped please share this post so others can benefit.
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