6 guidelines to correct separation anxiety in dogs
To solve the problem of Separation Anxiety Syndrome in dogs it is best to put yourself in the hands of a professional, but first we can try to modify the behavior by following some guidelines
Before leaving home we usually follow a routine: turn off the lights, put on our coat and shoes, take the keys ...). They associate these actions with our departure, so that anxiety is triggered before we leave when they see that we are preparing. To avoid getting nervous early, it is advisable to perform this ritual at different times of the day without leaving home later, to avoid that association.
2. When leaving home
Try don't pay too much attention before leaving, if you give pampering and caresses will believe that you will take him with you and when you leave you will not understand why you have not done so. This behavior is inherent to their nature, since their wolf ancestors show affection when they go hunting together while when they go out alone they don't even say goodbye. Therefore, if you do not say goodbye on leaving, you will understand that it is Because you're going alone
To have him entertained during your absence you can give him a lasting treat or a toy that he likes when leaving home, you will favor a positive association: the dog will associate your march with something positive for him. When you return home it is important that you remove the object so that you do not get used to it or if you will not lose interest and, therefore, the effect it generates.
4. Upon returning home
When you come home, even if it costs you, wait until you relax to pay attention, then we can play with him and reward him with our caresses and words of affection. Wait until he calms down because otherwise he will think you are approving his behavior.
5. Without punishment
Do not punish him for what he has done in your absence. Dogs are not able to associate punishments or rewards with the action taken once it has passed. If you return home and you find any damage or something inappropriate and you scold the dog will not understand why he is being punished, you will only get to confuse it.
When he gets home he takes the leash and takes him for a good walk and to the park so he can run, play and socialize with other dogs. Excess energy accumulated during the day generates stress and anxiety in the dog, and worsens its behavior. That is why physical activity will help you to waste that energy and relax when you get home.
If these measures do not work, consult your veterinarian, he may recommend some calming treatment for anxiety in pets.