Leaving Your Dog at Home Alone

[i4w_db__DogBreed]s, as you may have read in the history section of your copy of [i4w_db__DogBreed]s Made Easy, are very loyal to their owners and love nothing more than to spend time with them.  This makes them wonderful pets, but it also makes them one of the dog breeds that is at the greatest risk from experiencing separation anxiety.

Owners of this breed must, therefore, take special care to gradually train their dogs to become accustomed to the feeling of being alone, a little bit at a time.  By doing this, your dog will become used to the sensation and will remain calm when left for shorter periods.

It is important to keep in mind, though, that while you can help your dog to remain alone comfortably for a little while, [i4w_db__DogBreed]s should still not be left home alone all day long.  [i4w_db__DogBreed]s are sociable animals and need activity and stimulation.  It is simply not fair to keep them in isolation for long periods.  Such dogs will become depressed and this is likely to manifest itself in a range of undesirable behaviors.

A [i4w_db__DogBreed] experiencing separation anxiety can demonstrate a number of very unpleasant symptoms.  This can include barking and whining excessively, adopting destructive behaviors such as digging or chewing on carpet or furniture, chewing on possessions, continually running or pacing, and eliminating in the house through stress-induced loss of bladder control, even though they are fully housetrained.

When we humans feel anxious, we can make conscious efforts to reduce our stress levels, such as listening to calming music, watching a movie, having a warm cup of milk, or practising yoga or meditation.  Dogs don’t have such choices.  And [i4w_db__DogBreed]s, in particular, usually need to let their stress out in a physical way.

If you think [i4w_ud_DogName] is suffering from separation anxiety you will need to be patient and calm.  Ideally, get your dog used to being left alone by starting with very short periods of, literally, just a minute, while you go into another room, shut the door, count to 30 and then come back.  Keep it low key at all times: don’t make any fuss of your dog either on leaving or coming back.  Gradually, as your dog gains confidence, you should be able to build up to longer periods of absence.

Increase the length of time whenever [i4w_ud_DogName] seems ready for it, until it is able to handle a few hours at a time.  But remember, if you need to be away all day, you really should consider asking a favor of a friend or relative or paying a professional dog walker.

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