Last time, we touched on two great methods to begin getting your dog’s separation anxiety under control: getting your dog started with obedience training early in life, and staying calm as you leave the home. In this installment, we will look at two more things to keep in mind as you tackle this issue with your furry friend:
Before leaving the house, it is important that your dog is well-exercised, both physically and mentally. Be sure to spend the necessary time each day to do some physical exercise, such as playing in the yard, going on a walk or run, or agility training. It is also important to stimulate your dog mentally. Some obedience training each morning before you leave will help instill your dog with the confidence needed to be home alone.
Consistency is key when it comes to dog training. Once you have drawn up a game plan, it is important to stick to it. Any variance will confuse your dog and potentially cause major setbacks. Inconsistency is one of the most common reasons we see for failed training attempts. With a well thought out game plan, and consistent follow-through, you are sure to see results, in time. Remember, changes are not going to happen overnight.
Dealing with separation anxiety can be a long and stressful process. If you find that you need some extra help, our Greenville dog training experts are here for you. We have the knowledge and experience to work with you on a personalized training plan for you and your dog.Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your first training session!