3 Easy Tips to Keep Your Dog From Panicking When You Leave
Dogs panicking when their owners leave is a big problem these days!
And, no one wants to be held hostage by their dog.
I talked to a puppy training client who NEVER left his puppy alone.
If you ask me, he is the more prominent part of the problem and has created separation anxiety in his puppy.
Fostering independence and allowing your dog to be alone is imperative.
Just like you want to raise an independent child, you also want to raise an independent dog!
There Are Tricks to Help Keep Your Dog From Panicking When You Leave
So, what can you do if your dog begins to panic when you leave? Follow these simple steps to help ease your dog’s pain.
1. Leave Something On
Very few of us live in an environment that is totally sound sterile.
We have the TV on, or the radio.
We talk amongst ourselves; kids run around screaming and playing.
But when we leave, we tend to turn all of our devices off and leave our dogs totally alone.
No wonder he panics.
Instead, turn up that radio and give him something to listen to other than all the scary noises outside.
2. Run Through Your Routine
We all have a routine of getting ready to leave before we actually leave.
We find our purse, our keys, our shoes, and prepare to go.
All of these things can create stress for your dog because they are precursors to your actual leaving.
So, the best thing to do is desensitize your dog to these sights and sounds so that they begin to have little to no meaning.
This means you should go pick up your purse and sit back down on the couch.
Get your keys and carry them around with you.
Put your shoes on and wear them in the house or take them off again.
By doing these things often, without leaving, it eventually takes some stress away from your dog.
The dog will never really know when you are leaving.
Exercise is crucial to good health, not only for you but also for your dog.
Exercise will also help him relax when you do leave.
Imagine sleeping all night, going outside in the morning and then being left for the day.
It seems like many dogs “panic” because they are bored and don’t know what to do.
If it seems like your dog panics when you leave, do him the favor of providing him with some real exercise before leaving.
I like to have my dogs run beside my lateral recumbent trike; it provides them with a large amount of physical exercise fairly quickly.
I cannot walk far enough or run fast enough to tire my dogs, but I can let them pull me and my trike around the neighborhood for a half hour or an hour.
Then, when I leave, I know he will take a nap instead of eating my sofa.
Plus, exercise is good for the mind!
Have you ever been super frustrated with someone or something and gone for a run or lifted weights at the gym?
Physical exercise calms the mind and fills the brain with feel-good serotonin.
You don’t have to put him on medication, just help him get that feeling through exercise!
Get up early, stay up late, and make some time to ensure that your dog is getting physical exercise and some good mental stimulation through training and you will see him relax and take your leaving in stride.
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.