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