Training the Stay Command to Help Stop Separation Anxiety

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: January 16, 2018

In this Omaha dog training session we worked with a six-month-old Boxer puppy named Darcy to help stop separation anxiety and train his with the stay command.

After I arrived I sat down to chat with the guardians about their main puppy behavior concerns and I learned that Darcy had been getting worse with his separation anxiety recently. It isn’t uncommon that as the weather gets colder and dogs and puppies are inside more often that other behavior problems may also start to arise. I suggested that they start brining him to doggy day care during part of the week to help keep him socialized and get plenty of exercise.

When puppies have separation anxiety they are usually lacking self control and an ability to regulate their emotions. Training Stay is a helpful way for Darcy to learn how to learn self control in a relaxed environment, with his guardians present. To see how I accomplished this you can watch the video below.

As you can see in the video it will take a lot of repetition and practice to help Darcy learn how to stay for longer and longer periods of time. A great dog training tip is to build training into your daily routine such as when you bring your dog in from going outside, that way you get to practice often without it being too time consuming.

By the end of the session the guardians were training Darcy how to stay and use the focus command to help him build up self control and emotional regulation. Darcy was also learning how to relax while his guardians were walking around the house and picking up their keys, putting on coats and shoes and other things that went along with their routine before leaving the house. We wrapped up this session with Darcy’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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