Tips for Helping Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

Slowly get your dog used to being alone by practicing short departures and absences.


Minimize affection and attention before leaving to avoid getting your dog excited/anxious.

Departures Low-Key

Reward your dog for calm, relaxed behavior before you leave using treats and praise.

Reinforce Calmness 

Leave puzzle toys, chews, or background noise like TV to distract anxious dogs when alone.

Offer Distractions

Crates provide secure spaces for dogs prone to separation anxiety. Make it positive.

Crate Train 

Make sure your dog gets adequate exercise before being left to lower pent-up energy.

Exercise First

Punishing separations anxiety can make it worse. Stick to positive reinforcement training.

Avoid Punishment

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