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Top Tips to prevent separation anxiety

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As many of us are currently working from home, our dogs are not getting their usual time alone built into their day. To help prevent this becoming an issue and causing separation anxiety when it is time to go back to work we have a few top tips.

Tip One:

Turn your car into an office for an hour. Make yourself a coffee in a travel mug, put the radio on and do a few emails on your phone or laptop if you have one.

Preventing dog separation anxiety using kongs

Tip Two:

Make a cosy room for your dog with a bed, water, safe toys, leave the radio on, give them a kong or a licki mat and go and do some work or chores in another part of the house.

Tip Three:

Use baby gates and puppy pens to build a softer type of separation, they can see you working but need to chill out in their own space. Employing them with a long lasting chew will help promote calmness and teach them to settle.

black and white cockapoo dog on raised bed in group training class

Tip Four:

Play boundary games, this means they learn to settle away from you on a bed, mat or crate. Once you have built up the value for the boundary you can gradually add distance from you and their boundary.

Tip Five:

You may notice more action prompting or attention barking. Reward any disengagement from you, for example if they look away throw a piece of food towards them. Also reward them for settling on their own, they may jump up ready for action but ignore and wait for calm again. They will soon realise it was the calm behaviour you were rewarding as shown here with Rocket. Sometimes a covered crate can help them settle.

Remember never leave your dog alone for too long.

Bonus Tip:

Keep up with your training and join our ‘Sexier Than A Squirrel Challenge’ You will get 25 games, a new game a day to train in your living room with your dog! 

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