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Puppy Separation Anxiety Cure

Updated on May 29, 2010

Tips To Deal With Puppy Separation Anxiety

Does your puppy misbehave when you are not around? Does your puppy craves for your attention and wants to spend most its time around you? Does it get frantic when it fails to find you? If your answer is yes to the above questions, then it is likely that they are suffering from puppy separation anxiety. You are not alone either; almost every puppy owner has to face this problem with their pup.

Puppies suffering from separation anxiety show symptoms such as digging in the lawn or scratching doors and windows, destroy your belongings, chew your footwear, spread filth all around your home, barking at by passers unnecessarily and whining. Puppies indulge into these activities as soon as the owner moves out of their sight. Another symptom is hyperactivity shown by your puppy upon your arrival even after a short period of going away.

This sordid behavior of the puppies makes it difficult to have them around and puppy separation anxiety is not only a problem for the puppies it might even upset the owners and it also acts as one of the main reasons which forces owners to give up their pups. But you don’t have to give up on your puppy so soon because just like every other problem, this problem has a solution too.

You can begin with visiting a veterinarian. Because bad behavior is not caused by separation anxiety alone, it can be a disease or a change in character. Once it is proved for sure that your puppy is suffering from separation anxiety, you can either opt for medication suggested by the veterinarian or you can choose from many puppy separation anxiety reduction tactics such as-

Arranging for regular arrivals and departures, each with different time intervals, as this will teach your puppy about your absence and help it in adjusting accordingly..

Keep your puppy occupied and distracted away from you by luring it with toys etc.

Provide some one on one attention to your puppy by playing or exercising with it. It should keep your dog happy.

Keep your arrivals and departures as discreet as possible. And upon your arrival, don’t pay attention towards your puppy for sometime, which should teach it some discipline.

Never encourage your puppy when they are misbehaving. Instead you can treat them with incentives when they act calm and composed. This should encourage them to behave properly in future.

By effectively using the above given tips you should be able to end puppy separation anxiety for good.


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      Shannon 7 years ago

      Thank you for the tips :) I wonder if anyone know of a good book that can help you with separation anxiety in puppies?

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      I've only had my puppy for 2 days now but I CAN'T walk out of the room even for a second. She stays in a crate when I'm unable to supervise her and she's comfortable in the crate as long as I'm right there. In the night, she cries constantly whether I'm there or now.

      Recently, she's started barking when I leave the room and I don't come back until she's crying because I don't want to reinforce the behaviour but... I'm scared to leave the house. My landlord will be upset.