Separation anxiety can affect many dogs of all breeds and sizes. Most toy breeds such as Maltipoo puppies suffer from this because they are carried around and babied at such a young age. If your puppy already has separation anxiety, try these tips!
It is not known what makes dogs suddenly suffer from separation anxiety. Sometimes it can start from puppyhood. Toy breeds such as Yorkie puppies and Maltipoo puppies have been carried along with you because, well, he’s so tiny! When they grow up and are big enough to fend for themselves, leaving them at home during the day is understandable. But not for your little 5lb sidekick. His whole schedule has changed, you’re not around as much anymore and this is traumatic. Allowing time apart when your puppy is young is important to keeping separation anxiety at bay.
What about dogs that have always had the same schedule and one day they are practically clinging to your heels as you walk out the door? Maybe something happened while you were away such as a thunderstorm, loud pounding at the neighbors, any strange event or noise that frightened your puppy while you were away. And now, he associates this terrible experience with you being gone. Now, when you arrive home, things are chewed, doors have claw marks in them and the house looks like a tornado through it. How do you break them of this?
One important thing not to do is fuss over your dog as soon as you walk in the door, especially if he seems over-excited to see you. This will only reinforce that he had something to be worried about because you’re so excited as well. If your puppy is jumping, barking and doing everything except flying off the floor, simply turn you back and cross your arms until he calms down. Then, in a low, soft voice, say hello and go about your business.
Or try taking him outside as soon as you arrive so that he is distracted from your arrival. This will also get him in to a better habit of bathroom breaks as well.
When your dog has a more destructive method of missing your company, try leaving him at home for only a few minutes. Do not say goodbye or announce your departure, simply walk outside and out of view for a few minutes and then return as if nothing happened. Do this each day for a bit longer each time. Eventually, your dog will learn that you will always return and there is nothing to fear.
Separation anxiety is a hard condition to deal with, no matter how patient you are. You know your puppy best – try a few different techniques until you find one you’re comfortable with and works with your four-legged co-pilot!
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