Caring for Your Furry Pal: Dealing with Dogs and Separation Anxiety

October 9, 2017   /   byHealthier Societies  / Categories :  Trends
A dog resting on the floor

A typical day in the life of a dog owner is coming home to nonstop complaints from neighbors about their barking dog. They find poop somewhere in the house and more chewed-up furniture. More often than not, they think that their dogs are just bored or mad at them for being away the entire day. But of course, as a vet, you know that is not the case.

As you fill out prescription labels for veterinarians, educate your clients that this is not normal dog behavior. Bad behavior in dogs is a result of fear. Stress, anxiety, and fear are usually signs of canine separation anxiety.

Be More Watchful

As soon as your clients observe a change in their dog’s behavior, advise them to bring their furry pal to see you. It will allow them to cross out other causes, such as a urinary tract infection. Canine UTIs cause dogs, specifically those that are potty-trained, to leave their bowels anywhere. You will have to test for other behavior problems, such as noise phobias. After that, you can go ahead and treat separation anxiety.

Manage Separation Anxiety

Have them begin by training their dog to get used to “departure signs”. These exercises aim to show pets that goodbyes are not a big deal because their owner will come back. For example, owners can do their morning routine of getting ready for work, such as dressing up, and then sit on the couch and watch TV. Another recommended exercise is for owners to pack their bags, bring it to their car and come back.

The idea is to lower their dog’s memory of those activities linked to their owners leaving. Owners should practice this as much as they can until their pets become calmer whenever they do those activities.

Another way to change the way dogs view departure time is giving them a favorite toy or treat that is only available every time their owners leave. This will keep them distracted and occupied for some time.

Through this training, dogs can associate positive memories whenever their owners leave the house. The ability to remain relaxed and confident while their owner is gone is an important skill for a dog to learn.

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