ADDRESS CHANGING BEHAVIORS
The adjustment period will be hard on you and your pup! You may start to notice signs of Separation Anxiety, like howling and continuous barking, whining, destructive behavior, trembling, or salivating.
BELOW ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP ALLEVIATE YOUR DOG’S ANXIETY AND THEIR SYMPTOMS:
- Long walks or runs will provide the dog with mental stimulation and exercise.
- Agility, nose work games, playing fetch in the yard, or obedience classes are additional ways to provide physical and mental stimulation – consider a PAWS Chicago Training Center class.
- Create a comfortable space in their crate before leaving them alone. Always provide the dog with something to chew on or a fun puzzle toy.
- Leave on a radio, TV, or white noise machine can help to drown out some of these noises.
- Keep to a regular routine as much as possible.
- Research daycare or dog walkers to provide your dog with comfort if you’re gone for 6+ hours.
If your dog is exhibiting separation anxiety behaviors and is extremely anxious, reach out to your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist immediately. They can provide you with tools and medication to address these behaviors and create a more comfortable transition for your dog.