Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dog Separation Anxiety May Be Your Worst Nightmare

Today, I spoke with a woman in Alaska who had reached the end of her rope with her dog. He had such severe separation anxiety that he had eaten through the door, wall, and the couch. He had cost her two thousand dollars in damages since she got him two years before!

Her dog started fights with the biggest male he could find in a dog park, and had an endless amount of energy. But when she would leave, he would go under her bed and shake with severe anxiety.

I talked with her about how to lead him on walks. I recommended that she ski with him forty minutes twice a day. Plus I addressed controlling his food, and changing his diet. Not to mention a special massage that helps a dog relax.

One of the wisest things the owner did (although she didn't know it at the time)was that she purchased a young female puppy that was of a much lower energy than her male dog. Opposite sex dogs coexist best, and also, the lower level energy is very important. It helps the dog bond with another, find security, and come out of their shell.

Dogs are pack animals. They need each other...just as we humans need each other for companionship and development.

For those of you who have dogs with separation anxiety, be cautious in picking a second dog. A dog who is too excited, dominant, aggressive, or fearful is going to turn your chaos into a tornado!


Saturday, November 10, 2007

How To Solve Dog Separation Anxiety?

Don't you just hate that piercing howling, constant whining, or unceasing barking from dog separation anxiety? I couldn't live with it, your neighbors shouldn't have to, and neither should you.

But there's a way to stop that dog behavior problem by addressing the underlying cause - the separation anxiety itself. And it's done with dog crate training. Yes, even crate training an older dog.

Find out how with my step-by-step guide for crate training your dog. I just published it under the title: "How To Solve Separation Anxiety With Dog Crate Training." Get it for free on the Dog Behavior Articles page of PawPersuasion.com.

If you are calm, consistent, and follow the steps in the article, then you can accomplish your dog crate training in relatively short order and put an end to your dog separation anxiety problem.

Need a good dog crate? Check out the selection on the Dog Kennels and Carriers page of PawPersuasion.com. One of my decorator friend's favorites is this Resin Wicker Dog Crate. Click the image to find out more.

Wicker Dog Crate at PetStreetMall

If you want more help, contact me for a Consultation. You'll see the questions you should address, my rates, and contact information there. Then we can move forward quickly to solve your problem once and for all.

Rena Murray

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Dog Behavior Tips -
How To Handle Dog Separation Anxiety

If your dog has separation anxiety, here are a few dog behavior tips to help:

1. Always exercise him well before you leave - minimum 30 minutes.

2. Keep him in a small area. The smaller it is, the more secure the dog feels.

3. Don't make a fuss when you're leaving. Just leave. Really, it's best not to say anything to the dog.

4. If you have another dog with whom he is friends, make sure he can get to the other dog for comfort. It soothes the anxiety.

5. Practice several times a day when you are home. Put him in his place for 10 minutes, then 15 minutes, 20 minutes, and correct him promptly the minute he makes a sound. You get the idea.

What you are doing is conditioning his mind. So when you actually leave, he's already conditioned to be quiet.

6. Go to an All-Natural Pet Store and ask about the pill made from mother's milk. That helps a lot in extreme cases of dog separation anxiety.

Ahhh... Peace and quiet...

Rena Murray

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