Your dog is your best friend, and it’s up to you to make sure he lives a long, happy, and healthy life. You and your four-legged friend have a special connection, and sometimes your pal might experience separation anxiety when it’s time for you to leave the house. It’s normal to feel worried and even stressed out about your dog’s well-being if he seems nervous, but there are ways that you can help your dog deal with separation anxiety. Keep reading to learn what you can do to help your dog overcome his fear and nervousness when you leave the house.
Visit the Veterinarian
Many dogs experience separation anxiety, but it’s important first to make sure that there are no underlying medical issues that are causing him to act out or behave badly. Urinating in the house could be a sign of a condition such as a urinary tract infection or bladder stones, so take your pooch to his veterinarian to ensure that his physical health is in good standing.
Offer Positive Associations
If your dog starts to shake, whine, bark, or pace when you get ready to leave the house, you might try offering him a positive association with your departure. Instead of just being left alone, try giving him a toy that dispenses treats. This will not only give your dog a job to do to keep him occupied, but will also show him that it’s not a bad thing when you leave the house. If he develops a positive association, it could help calm his separation anxiety.
Dogs are sensitive creatures, and pick up on the signals and emotions you give off. If you get stressed out at the thought of leaving your dog alone, he may pick up on this and get more anxious. When you leave the house and come back, stay calm and offer simple goodbyes and hellos instead of excited greetings.
At Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale, we understand how important your pet is to you and your family. We use the latest veterinary technologies to provide high-quality medical care for your animal. Call us at (480) 800-4559 to schedule your dog’s next vet checkup.
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