Separation anxiety in dogs

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Did you know that dogs express stress in various ways? From panting or shaking to aggression and excessive barking, these are all different ways your pup may display their anxiety.

This week we are so excited to have our partner, Vetted PetCare, share some pawesome tips on how to prevent your dog from developing separation anxiety!

Here are 5 Tips and Tricks to prevent separation anxiety.

  1. Avoid an over enthusiastic greeting when entering your home.
    Greeting your dog with an excited and high pitched tone only encourages a hyperactive state.
  2. Take your pup for a walk before you go.
    A lot of anxiety is tied to an under-stimulated body. Take your dog for a walk before you leave the house to get rid of any unused stored energy.
  3. Avoid a goodbye right before you leave the house.
    Try saying goodbye long before you walk out the door to eliminate possible stress
  4. Start small
    Try leaving the house for 10-15 minutes at a time, and gradually increase time away from your home.
  5. Puzzle toys
    Hide snacks in a puzzle toy in your home to occupy your pup’s mind while you’re away.

If you’re worried your dog has separation anxiety, be sure to contact us. We can help through our training programs or your pup can spend the day at Fitdog, among friends!