6 Ways To Help Dogs Cope With Separation Anxiety

6 Ways To Help Dogs Cope With Separation Anxiety

Does your dog get nervous or upset when you leave him alone to go to work? If so, your cute pet’s ancestors may be partially to blame. Dogs are pack animals by nature, and are more or less conditioned to live, eat, and play with their furry friends. Your pet may get lonely when his human ‘packmates’ go away. He may then channel that angst into making mischief. We can help! In this article from River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel area, a veterinarian lists some ways to help your pet cope with separation anxiety.

Morning Routine

Every morning, take Fido for a long walk. Then, indulge him with a fun play session. This will burn off your canine friend’s excess energy, and hopefully tire him out a bit. Hopefully, when you leave for work, your pooch will head for his doggy bed and take a nice, long nap.

Dog-Calming Products

You can find a variety of products that help soothe nervous pets, such as treats, collars, and diffusers. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Toys!

Once Fido wakes up, he’ll look around for something to do. Offer your canine pal lots of safe, suitable toys. Look for things that will keep him occupied. Kong toys, for instance, can keep dogs busy for hours!

Buddies

This isn’t a one-size-fits-all suggestion: adopting a second pet is a huge decision, and not one to take lightly. However, if you are ready, willing, and able to get another dog, and you think Fido would like having a playmate, go for it!

Stimulation

Did you know that leaving a radio or TV on for Fido can help keep him from feeling lonely? The sound of voices and music will provide soothing background noise.

Training

There are some ways to encourage Fido to behave better when he’s alone. First and foremost: don’t make a big deal about leaving or coming home. Drawn out hellos and goodbyes will only make your furry buddy more anxious. Just ignore your dog for a few minutes when you leave or return. Also, don’t punish your pup if he does do something naughty. This could actually backfire and increase your pet’s anxiety. Ignore bad behavior, and focus on rewarding Fido for being good.

Please contact us, your Fox Chapel, PA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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