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HOW TO STOP SEPARATION ANXIETY IN DOGS



The golden rules:

1 - Exercise your dog well before leaving him.

2 - Don't make a big fuss of your dog when leaving or returning.

3 - Prepare engaging activities and toys to occupy your dog when you are away.

4 - Provide a safe den - perhaps a crate, or bed in a secure corner - somewhere your dog is accustomed to feeling safe and comfortable.

5 - Try changing your pre-departure routine. Your dog may have gotten used to getting stressed when he sees you near the front door, for example, or putting on your coat. Try going out the back and putting your coat on outside.

6 - Enroll in obedience classes. A good training regime will help your dog practise being still and quiet, and will make him feel more secure in general.

7 - Give your dog something he really, really loves just before you leave - for example, a stuffed KONG toy. This way, he will come to associate your departure with something pleasant rather than with something stressful.

8 - Make your dog hunt for his lunch - hiding bits of his kibble, or bits of cooked sausage, in bits of newspaper and hiding them around the house for your dog to find will keep him engaged and happy

SEPARATION ANXIETY TOOLKIT

The best dog toys to help with separation anxiety.
THE FOOBLER
(Amazon.com)
The Foobler is a terrific interactive treat dispensing toy which works on a timer. At regular intervals, which you can adjust, a bell will ring and more treats/kibble will be released into the outer chamber. As your dog knocks the ball about, these will emerge and can be eaten. The timer means this can occupy your dog all day. Read full review here.


KONG WOBBLER
(Amazon.com)
The KONG Wobbler is another excellent treat-dispensing toy, which can be filled with treats or with dry dog food. It requires energetic bashing to dispense the food, but is easy for dogs to learn and can keep them exercised and amused for some time. Read full review >here.


THROUGH A DOG'S EAR
(Amazon.co.uk)
Background music can help a lot of canine separation anxiety sufferers relax. "Through a Dog's Ear" is clinically demonstrated and very well reviewed.


'TRAIN YOUR DOG POSITIVELY'
(Amazon.co.uk)
This excellent book by the renowned Victoria Stilwell focuses on overcoming behaviour problems such as separation anxiety.