Separation anxiety can be caused by two completely opposite events. Not only can it be caused by a traumatic event, separation anxiety can be caused by overprotectiveness and coddling a dog.
Regardless of how the psychological state occured, many folks are looking for a solution to their dog acting out when left alone.
It’s a slow process to correct. Patience and a firm training mind will make the training excell. Picking a good time for the dog is also important. For this exercise, it’s easier if the dog had eaten, pottied, and a little tired.
1. Find a quiet and small place of your home that your dog enjoys, block the area off from the rest of the house, no toys.
2. Do not make a big deal about the barrier. Place the dog on the other side of the barrier with a firm pet. Wait a just second and reward if the dog was quiet during the exercise. If not, repeat without rewards until quiet. Repeat this process several times on day one until the dog understands he receives a treat for being quiet while alone .
3. Extend the “just a second” in step one to a few seconds and reward on day two. Go back to step one if a few seconds are too long. Adjust the length of time as your dog learns it’s ok to be alone.
4. On day three, step away from the barrier for just a second and reward if the dog stays quiet. Go back to step 3 if the dog is unable to stay quiet. Move forward with the amount of time and space as your dog learns it’s ok to be alone.
5. Your goal is to move out of the room without crys or whines. Remember to reward good behavior, not bad behavior.
6. Walk outdoors, back inside to reward. Extend the period of time you are out of their sight slowly.
7. Do some chores outside, return to a quiet dog and reward.
They learn that you will return.