How to Deal with Separation Anxiety After the Lockdown?

01 May 2020 | by Ritwik Mishra | Posted in: Covid 19

After spending every day with your dog and nearly every minute with them the transition after the lockdown could be hard. You are going to want to know what are some of the best tips that you can use to help deal with the separation anxiety that your dog is sure to feel.

Here are some of the top ways that you can help your dog with any separation anxiety when you go back to work or just leave the home for a little bit after this.

How to Deal with the Separation Anxiety

You might not think that separation anxiety is a real thing, but it is and it can be hard on both the dogs and yourself. There are some signs that you should make sure that you know that would indicate separation anxiety, such as:

  • Defecation and urination in the home for dogs that are trained
  • Whining, barking and howling
  • Destructive chewing
  • Scratching or digging at windows and doors to attempt to get to the owner

Make sure that you are watching out for these signs and if you do, that you are aware of how to handle it. There are plenty of ways that you can try to handle that, including:

  • Not making a huge deal out of leaving or coming back home, which means ignoring the dog for a few minutes when you first come back home before calmly petting them
  • Leave some recently worn clothes that would smell like you with the dog to calm them down
  • Establish an action or word that you use every time that would signal the dog that you are going to be coming back soon
  • Using a product that would soothe the dog that you can purchase over the counter

However, there are also some dogs that would have more severe cases and you should be aware of how you can help them if the case is not being solved, including:

  • Leave out some toys to distract them
  • Loosely confine the dog in a room that has toys and windows

These are just some of the main things that you can do and there are things that you shouldnt be doing to the dog who is dealing with separation anxiety like punishing them, getting another dog, crating them, leaving on the tv or radio for noise and obedience training. Make sure that you are addressing the issue rather than causing more significant ones at the same time.

When you suddenly leave your dog for hours at a time after being together regularly, then it is highly likely they would experience some sort of separation anxiety. Ensure that you are thinking about this if you are seeing any of the signs that might show it and that you know what to do.

You should be reassuring your dog rather than pushing them, so ensure that you also know what you shouldnt be doing if there is a case like this that you are having to deal with.

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