A dog that cannot bear to be parted from you, that follows you round the house, into every room including the loo, seems almost flattering doesn’t it? Then you realise this dog is so dependent on your presence 24/7 that when you leave them home alone, even for a few minutes, they get so upset that they howl and/or bark inconsolably, perhaps take their stress and frustration out on your sofa, your carpet, the doorframe, whatever they can get hold of and generally get themselves into such a state that when you come home they’re panting with stress. Some dogs will, even though normally clean and housetrained, mess in house too. If any or all of the above sounds familiar you have a dog with separation anxiety.
Well, prevention is always the best policy so if you have a new puppy, or even an older dog who is a new addition to your household, make sure you build in ‘time on their own’ to their new routine. This doesn’t have to be for long, just 10 minutes away from them, while you walk to the post box or whatever will do. Just so they get the idea that it’s no big deal being left home alone. By the same token, leaving the house should be low key and not a major stress building production of goodbyes and when you come home the first thing you do is NOT to greet the dog and make a huge fuss of them. Again the idea is not to make it a huge stress building occasion but once you’re in perhaps you can sit down, call the dog to you and then make a fuss of them. Hopefully doing the above will help to make sure your dog doesn’t become one who suffers from separation anxiety.
Top tips for stressed out dogs
Sometimes, for some dogs, despite your best endeavours, they are going to have a panic attack every time you leave the house or perhaps the tips above are starting to take effect but you feel you need some extra help to kick the separation anxiety habit.This is where some natural calming supplements can help. Click here to view the range that we sell. Finding the right calmer for your dog may be a case of trial and error. What works for one dog may not work for another. So if you try one and it doesn’t have the desired effect, don’t be put off. Try a different one.
Overby Farm Quiet Moments soft chews. These soft chews are very palatable and the blend of thiamine and L-tryptophan help reduce stress and tension.
Homeopathically, you could also try Sanper 2 for dogs that have suffered a fright or have an unknown past (eg rescue dogs).
Alternatively, consider CalmXtra. This contains Valerian, Oat, Skullcap, Passionflower, Wild Lettuce and Jamaican Dogwood and can be given up to 20 minutes before a stressful event. It is a liquid herbal tincture which you can add to food or put on a treat. Also, great for fireworks night although it may make your dog a little drowsy.
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