A dog suffering from separation anxiety will have the following typical symptoms.
· Nervousness and restlessness when the owner is out of the house.
· Non-stop barking when the owner is out and when the owner is not at home.
· Tearing up objects and furniture in order to relieve psychological stress when the owner is not at home.
· Excessive stress leads to inability to urinate and defecate in the house.
· Extreme anxiety leading to compulsive behavior, dogs will constantly lick or chew themselves, resulting in body hair loss or ulcers.
But it is obviously unrealistic for the owner to stay home with the dog 24 hours a day, and if the owner does not go out to work to earn money for dog food, the dog will have to go hungry. Since being alone at home is a must for dogs, it is the owner's responsibility to help the dog relieve the tension caused by separation from the owner and adapt to life alone at home.
The following I will talk about the specific solutions to avoid dogs suffering from separation anxiety.
Prepare a safe and comfortable nest for your dog in a secluded corner of your home. It is better to have a closed cage like an airline crate rather than a four-sided metal grid cage, as a closed cage can enhance the dog's sense of security. Put some old clothes with the owner's scent inside the kennel, having the owner's scent around will also make the dog feel at ease. Then kennel desensitization training (kennel desensitization training method will be explained in a separate article) with treats and toy rewards to get the dog used to resting alone in the kennel.
Separation desensitization training for dogs. Have the dog go back to the kennel and stay there, leaving a ball of leaking food for the dog to play with. Then pretend to go out, close the door and stay outside for a few minutes before returning to the house. If the dog stays quietly in the crate, praise him and reward him with a few more treats. Repeat this training over and over again and gradually extend