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how to Deal With Puppy Separation Anxiety in The Right Way?

Many puppies dislike being left alone and are prone to getting what may seem like a case of separation anxiety. In such a scenario, it’s important to take immediate action so to nip this behavior. It is important to do that before it becomes a constant problem that is difficult to eradicate. If you want to learn why puppies develop separation anxiety? and understand the dynamics that trigger this behavior are important steps to help overcome this quite common problem.

It’s Common For New Puppies

It’s normal for a little dog to miss his mother and littermates the first day he is in his new home. He may also miss the many familiar sights, smells, and sounds of his former home. The little dog may feel worst at night when everything is quiet. He’s closed in a crate in an unfamiliar place without the reassuring presence of his siblings and mother.

Probably the doggy will cry, bark and paw at the crate. It’s not a bad idea to have the puppy sleep in its crate next to the owner’s bed the first few nights so the owner can reassure the new pup as needed. Adding a few water bottles filled with warm water and wrapped in a blanket can help mimic the warmth of the mother dog. Some dog owners also add a stuffed toy and a ticking clock to mimic the mother dog’s heartbeat. Breeders may recommend using DAP diffusers to ease the transition. As the puppy then gets accustomed to his new surroundings, these additional items can be removed and the crate can be gradually moved farther away from the owner’s bed.

Probably the doggy will cry, bark and paw at the crate. It’s not a bad idea to have the puppy sleep in its crate next to the owner’s bed the first few nights so the owner can reassure the new pup as needed. Adding a few water bottles filled with warm water and wrapped in a blanket can help mimic the warmth of the mother dog. Some dog owners also add a stuffed toy and a ticking clock to mimic the mother dog’s heartbeat. Breeders may recommend using DAP diffusers to ease the transition. As the puppy then gets accustomed to his new surroundings, these additional items can be removed and the crate can be gradually moved farther away from the owner’s bed.

Common Symptoms

Separation anxiety begins immediately as soon as you leave your puppy alone. It is different from just plain boredom which manifests after an hour or two. The common symptoms of partition uneasiness or anxiety include:

  • Peeing and Defecating Inappropriately
  • Crying, Barking, and Howling
  • Destroying Objects
  • Fearfulness
  • Discouragement or Depression or Aggressiveness

Prevention and Treatment

Often puppy separation anxiety puts roots because dog owners inadvertently reward anxious behaviors. For instance, when a puppy is closed in the crate and whining, dog owners feel compelled to open the crate. By doing so, dog owners fail to realize that they’re rewarding the anxiety or attention-seeking behavior. Of course, it’s important to rule out whining because of a physiological need such as thirst, hunger, cold, or a need to take him out to the potty.

Calm behaviors can be rewarded by opening the crate only once the puppy is quiet. The dog knew that his quiet behavior makes his dog owner open the crate; whereas, his boisterous barking makes his owner leave. This exercise can’t be practiced enough. When the puppy is quiet, the owner comes closer, when the puppy barks, the owner steps back. When no more barking takes place, the owner finally approaches and opens the crate. Should the barking continue, the owner steps bark, and if the puppy fails to stop barking, the owner leaves the room patiently waiting for the puppy to be quiet again.

Encouraging Puppy Independence

It’s always a good idea to teach the puppy that good things happen when he must be crated or left alone. Teaching the puppy to eat his meal alone in the crate or giving a stuffed Kong to enjoy in a room without the owner’s insight is a good idea. Once the puppy becomes silent, the dog owner can then open the crate or let the puppy out of the room. Desensitization to pre-departure cues and absences should be practiced gradually in a controlled setting. At first, the owner should leave the puppy alone with a food item for no longer than a few seconds. Afterward, the owner may practice for a minute or two, and then for increasingly longer periods of time utilizing longer-lasting treats.

Fortunately, the dog whining when the owner leaves the room. It is a rather short-lived phase if the dog owner is diligent in rehearsing the above exercises. Failure to work on that may cause a clingy puppy who doesn’t learn self-control and becomes anxious when left alone. Even if the pup doesn’t become anxious, he may learn that pushy, attention-seeking behaviors. This means the dog is doing what gets the owner springing into action, ready to take care of his whims.

Final Thoughts

As to behavior consultant Aidan Bindoff, separation anxiety may be the second most over-diagnosed behavior issue in dogs right after dominance. Often, what looks like separation anxiety, in reality, is just boredom, lack of exercise, or just plain puppy play. Real separation anxiety in puppies and dogs manifests in distress and a complete state of panic. It’s best to record the puppy’s behavior as left alone. Also having a professional take a look so to figure out if it’s actually separation anxiety or something else. After all, it does no good trying to implement behavior modification for separation anxiety when that’s not really the problem.

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