We last mentioned little details around easing your pet into longer separation periods. Now we’ll deal with increasing the time apart, among other behavior modification strategies.
While being at the house, in order to get your pup used to again to a prolonged absence on your part, go by yourself to another room. Purposely spend some time in it. Go out for short jaunts. You’d then make the time away longer on a gradual basis. Eventually, then, a full day away becomes commonplace.
Give your pet something to do while away. Whether a doggie puzzle or setting up an in-house canine scavenger hunt, the point is to take its mind off you. There are now even pheromonal devices that could be worn as a collar. Others can be plugged in, but these pheromones are designed to calm your pooch.
Another strategy to pet comfort is to leave a recently used cloth in an obvious part of the house. Whether in the bed or couch, the point is to minimize your pet’s angst. Also opt to leave on either radio or television, if this is an activity that is part of the normal routine of being together.
There are now even cameras especially set up for pet caretaker’s needs. It allows for possible remote canine interaction &/or can be used for observation. These can now come with lasers (looking at you, cats!) for interaction enhancement. They could also be outfitted to give treats at predetermined intervals.
If none of the above seem to do the trick (pun intended), then something more invasive is recommended. If your pet is prone to harm itself &/or damage property, supplemental medication could be considered.
Much like with ADHD treatment, a chemical approach would involve calming down the nerve impulses, thus slowing down your pet’s self-destructive sense. Some of these supplements can be had OTC (over the counter). Nevertheless, the advice is to get your vet involved.
Based on your pet’s specifics (pedigree, history, behavioral background), a veterinarian is bound to come up with the best approach that would be safer & with a better effect. It’ll have the potential to save money in the long run.
A correct prescription would also allow your pooch to be in a better position to learn how to cope with its situation. Sometimes, successful behavior modification can only happen after medication intervention.
Both dogs & humans are bound to suffer from separation anxiety. It only usually takes some basic tweaks as we try getting back to the normal that was left behind.