Home Alone: Alleviating Your Dog’s Stress When You Are Away

If your dog seems to stress when you leave the house for work or school, there are several things you can do to make her feel more relaxed.

Here are some quick tips for making good-byes a good experience for your dogs:

  • Leave a television or radio on to keep your dog “company.”
  • Don't make a big deal out of arrivals and departures. Keep greetings and good-byes very calm and emotion-free.
  • Give your dog something to do when you leave, like a puzzle toy or a frozen Kong.justice jackie schmitz
  • Make sure your dog has plenty of exercise and play before you leave.

Note: If your dog exhibits behaviors that are more than a few barks or soft whining, he may be experiencing separation anxiety, a behavioral issue that causes extreme distress when away from his owner. Symptoms of separation anxiety include excessive barking, pacing, destructive chewing, soiling in the house, digging and scratching at doors or windows, or trying to escape his crate. If you suspect your dog has separation anxiety, please consult a certified canine behaviorist to evaluate her.

For more tips and training advice, enroll in the AKC GoodDog! Helpline – a seven-day-a-week telephone support service staffed by experienced dog trainers

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