Just like human beings become distressed when lonely, dogs develop separation anxiety due to loneliness. They exhibit frantic behaviors like chewing up things, scratching the carpet and constantly barking when left home alone. Dog separation anxiety may not only severely harm the dog it also psychologically affects you! Let’s face it, if your dog has separation anxiety, you’re constantly worry about the welfare of your dog and the potential for damage when they are left alone. Do you neighbors keep complaining about your barking dog? Are you afraid to leave your dog alone?

Yes! Your dog can be left home alone for long hours if psychologically prepared. Human beings go to great extents to explain to their children that they have to work and thus will sometimes be forced to leave them alone in the house or under the care of somebody else when they are gone. This enables the children to adapt to this trend thereby ensuring they are not distressed. The same should be done to dogs. Remember dogs are social animals and thus need be shown affection. This can be achieved by following the simple steps outlined below.

Get Your Dog Used To You Leaving

Accustom your dog to doors opening and closing so that it remains calm when you open the door to leave. For instance always close and open the bathroom door in presence of your puppy from the first day you bring him home.

Create a Work, Play and Exercise Routine

This will improve your bonding experience with the dog and thus the dog will understand that it is time for work when left alone in the house. Also create brief separation moments from your dog when in the house with him. You can begin by hiding for 5 minutes then gradually increase the separation time by a time lapse of 10 minutes.

Crate Train Your Dog

Teach him to use his crate and make him believe that it is a safe haven. This will enable him to feel comfortable and secure when in the crate. Also give your dog toys that he can play with especially when you leave him alone.