For half a million years now, dogs have become man’s choice of best friends. In fact, some people are even treating dogs like humans as well – providing them with clothes and luxuries. A few even go out of their way to insure their dogs or even enroll them to trust funds. None of these is wrong because every owner and dog lover just want to give their dogs with the best this world can offer. What can possibly be wrong is unwittingly but accidentally fostering separation anxiety in them. If you are wondering how your gestures can be a means to ingraining separation anxiety to your very own dog, below are 5 ways and solutions.
Gesture #1. 24/7 companionship
If you and your dog are inseparable, you are making your dog dependent to you. You don’t have to keep him alone to prevent separation anxiety but a little alone time will help your dog become comfortable when you need to be out. Also, you won’t feel so bad about leaving him alone in the house, whimpering or even howling in sadness. Give it an alone training exercise like chewing on food-stuffed and playing. This will make him independent enough in cases you need to be out for a while.
Gesture #2. Smothering with attention
Too much attention can also have a bad effect on your dog. It can get used to pampering that when you are away and incapable of providing the same lavish treatment, your dog will surely feel the huge difference. The result is anxiety every time you are leaving it home. To prevent that, make sure that you blur the difference when you are home and away. Allow your dog to have alone time while at the same time, you also allow yourself to have time of your own.
Gesture #3. Too much sharing
Providing your dog with its own crate to sleep on or have some downtime is important. It will keep it from separation anxiety when you are away and not able to spend some time with it on your sofa or bed. Getting used to spending shut eye with you can get your dog accustomed to you and sleeping alone can become traumatic.
Gesture #4. Giving too much
It may be a happy feeling to provide everything for your dog to the extent of allowing it to join you in the dining table, but you are just nurturing separation anxiety in your dog. Teach your dog to wait for its cue and how obedience can be rewarded. Train it to abide by your rules and to follow command to earn a good meal and the likes. This will build its confidence as well as reduce the feeling of helplessness.
Gesture #5. Teaching it to keep its attention on you
Your dog is just like you. It needs more than your affection for its emotional wellness. Let your dog pursue other interests that will provide it intellectual, social, and physical stimulation to reduce anxiety when you are away.