Put your dog in a crate!! What dog owner likes to hear those words? Crating a dog seems rather cruel considering they are such active animals.
Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety to the point where they can do a lot of destruction to your home. They can chew up all their toys and then start on your furniture.
They can attempt to paw their way out the window - destroying the screen and the window covering on the way. They can pee and poop all day long - leaving a nice trail for you to clean up when you get home.
And the reason for this behavior? They are anxious being left behind and only want to make sure that you area aware of their feelings.
Most owners get as stressed about their dog's behavior as the dog is stressed about the separation.
There are ways to deal with this.
One of these methods is to teach your dog to enjoy being in a crate while you are gone. I know, the thought of containing your dog often sends dog owners over the edge. But your dog can be taught that this is the best thing for him.
Here are some secrets for making this a good experience for both of you.
1. Always give your dog a treat and something to chew on while in their crate. However, that is the ONLY time they are to have access to either of these. My dog gets a hollow bone with peanut butter in it. This doubles as a treat and a chewy. When I get home the bone is taken away until next time I go out.
2. Let your dog you mean business. Do not beg, coerce, make promises to your dog. The dog goes in the crate, the door closes and locks, and you leave.
3. DO NOT make eye contact with the dog. Doing that lets him know that you are upset about leaving him. That is not a good idea - even if you are.
4. DO NOT make crating a long and drawn out affair. Wait until you are ready to go, put the dog in the crate, and leave.
5. Ignore all the barking and whining that your dog may do. He is trying to get your attention. Once you are gone, he will settle down. And if he doesn't, at least he is confined to one area and cannot cause any damage to your home.
6. When you return, let the dog out of the crate and then walk away. Coming home should not be any bigger of an event than your leaving. Again, no eye contact or allowing your dog to jump all over you.
After you have crated your dog a few times, he will learn that this his place while you are gone. In fact, your dog will develop a feeling of security and know that he is safe while in his crate.
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