If you're looking to get a dog for your family, but aren't sure how to train it, make sure to educate yourself first! Proper dog training is essential for a happy and fun addition to the family. Read on for some basic tips on how to get your puppy obedient and to stop puppy separation anxiety.
Dogs with puppy separation anxiety experience extreme stress when left alone. This can result in extremely destructive behavior, both to the dog itself and to your property. Make sure your dog has plenty of exercise before being left alone. Treats that provide mental stimulation may also ease puppy separation anxiety. By preventing boredom, you can ease the stress of separation anxiety.
Although many pet owners are against crate training there is quite a bit of merit in doing it. Many dogs like to have a place they can consider their own and they will never lose track of that place. This will help them with puppy separation anxiety and surprisingly with potty training.
You shouldn't wait for bad behaviors to start to begin preemptively addressing them. Most new dog owners can expect at least one bad behavior to crop up during their time as a dog owner! Start addressing inappropriate soiling, destructive chewing and puppy separation anxiety as if they're likely to happen, and make sure your environment makes those things hard to occur!
Crate-training is excellent for dogs with puppy separation anxiety. Crates effectively become safe spaces for nervous dogs. Blankets or dirty laundry that smells like their favorite people can be helpful during the crate-training process. Anxious dogs are also likely to be destructive when their owners are not home. A crate keeps anxious dogs out of harm's way.
If your dog seems depressed or gets anxious when you are about to leave the house, your dog might suffer from puppy separation anxiety. To help your dog go through the day, leave something that has your smell on it, such as an old piece of clothing. This could mean that your dog will not miss you so much.
Most people find that, with a little bit of dog training, their relationship with their dog improves tremendously. And as you can see, training your dog, while not an intuitive process, IS a much easier process than most people think. So put some of our suggestions into practice, and you'll see for yourself!