How to Cure Your Dog's Separation Anxiety

Calm:

Our advice? Leave and greet your dog the way you leave and greet your parents or spous -- calm and matter of fact is perfect. Avoid long, drawn out, emotional partings because those only make matters worse for your dog. A good rule? Act the way you want your dog to act, he'll follow your lead.

At the other end of the spectrum, skip yelling. As frustrating as this problem is, if you yell at your dog when you come home you'll increase his stress about your coming home, making the anxiety more intense. Prevention is key, not punishment.

Lastly, keep your routine the same seven days a week. If you give your dog 100 percent attention on Sunday, expect an increase in separation issues on Monday. Do him a favor and make his life predictable.

Most dogs with separation anxiety can be helped. Our motto? Your dog can change, but you have to change first. Een though it's the dog's problem, only you can teach him a new way.

Have questions? Speak to your veterinarian. Vets are a wonderful resource for medication, behavior protocols and local dog training advice, which might help you and your dog get past this problem. Also, we invite you to stop by our free message boards at www.mysmartpuppy.com , where a team of friendly professionals can give you customized coaching.

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