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More family time at home can be a joy for humans and pups alike: it means more pets, more playtime, and more attention and activities throughout the day with our four-legged friends. Unfortunately, negative behaviors can quickly surface if we humans abruptly leave our dogs alone or crated more often as we return to our normal routines. A little preparation, however, can avoid or mitigate potential issues and keep the good vibes going when your schedule shifts.
Dogs are creatures of habit – if their humans are around the house more regularly, they become conditioned to expect our presence. When kids return to school and adults return to work, pups do not understand why they are being left alone more often. The ensuing confusion may manifest itself in Separation Anxiety, a complex behavioral issue.
What Does Separation Anxiety Look Like?
There are several indicators of Separation Anxiety, including:
Separation Anxiety cases range from mild to severe, but even minor ones can have a negative effect on your dog’s well-being
You don’t need to be away from home to reacclimate your dog to alone time – you can practice separation while still around the house today! This simple, effective method teaches pups to be comfortable being left alone. Introducing the following exercises at least a week before schedules shift (more time is always better!) can quickly return dogs to normal:
If you practice these exercises, you can ensure that your pup is comfortable, well-loved… and not glued to your hip.
Dogs love to be entertained – who doesn’t? – and you will not always be there to amuse them. Boredom can lead to destructive behavior, but it doesn’t take much to engage your dog, even while you are away.
Your dog needs a “home” at home – a special space to call their own.
Stress, excitement, and pent-up energy mean dogs may overreact to normal situations, like family members returning home after school or work. Advance training can help kids, adults, and dogs alike manage their enthusiasm and avoid mishaps.
Effective communication – delivered in a language dogs understand – is the secret to happy pet owners and equally pleased pups. Bark Busters trainers are just a call away to answer your questions, offer support in person or via video conference tools, and provide advice on any issue – so you can live a happier life together with your dog!