Preventing Separation Anxiety in Adopted Dogs

Posted on April 7, 2009 under Dog Insurance

Hopefully, the dog you adopt had periodic separation from its mother. Puppies raised with their mothers’ constant attention and in close confinement, such as in puppy mills, tend to retard the puppies ability to cope with separation later in life.

Symptoms of Separation Anxiety

Hyper-excited greetings
Following owner from room to room constantly
Checking in frequently with owner
Seeking physical contact constantly
Acting sad when owner is leaving
Prevention

-Do not greet until the dog sits, then give calm and loving greetings – not excited ones
-Do not reinforce constant following
-Do not say good-bye to the dog when leaving, make leaving a non-emotional experience
-Feed treats inside a toy as a positive distraction when departing

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