Dealing with an anxious dog when you need to be apart

Having a dog as a pet can be an incredible experience and is also very rewarding but there are occasions when your dog can become anxious, this is not the case of all dogs and the trigger to make them anxious will also differ from dog to dog. Much like human anxiety this can make the dog feel very stressed and scared. There are ways in which you can deal with these issues and help your dog to feel more relaxed. One of the key points that some dogs become worried and anxious is when they are separated from their owners. This is called separation anxiety and also occurs in humans.

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Separation anxiety in an animal can be particular tricky if you have to leave them for prolonged periods of time and so it is always best to seek the advice of professionals like the staff at Dog Day Care Surrey company nestledownboardingkennels.co.uk to ask for their suggestions in alleviating some of the stress during this time.

Here are some ideas for things that you can do in your daily life to help reduce the levels of anxiety in your dog if it is caused by separation.

  1. Don’t make a fuss about your leaving

Instead of making a big deal about the fact that you are leaving for work or popping out to the shops, keep your conversation and eye contact with your dog to a minimum. Making more of a fuss about the fact that you are leaving will only elevate your dog’s anxiety.

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  1. Walk it off

Before you leave to go to work first thing in the morning it is a good idea to take your dog for a walk. Not only because it gives them a chance to relieve themselves but also because a brisk walk will leave them feeling calm and relaxed as well as possibly a little bit tired so by the time you return to check on them at lunch time you shouldn’t find that your house has been ripped to shreds by an anxious dog with energy to burn.

  1. Leave behind some noise

Studies have found that leaving a radio on or an audio book playing gently in the background can dramatically reduce the anxiety that dogs with separation issues feel. It is thought this is in part due to the fact that they can hear a voice all day long and feel like them have some degree of company with them.