An Easy Way to Stop Separation Anxiety in Dogs

By: David Codr

Published Date: April 7, 2022

For this LA dog training session we worked with three-year-old Lab Beagle mix Ripper (pictured here with his roomie, 12 year-old Chihuahua mix Mardi), sharing tips to stop separation anxiety in dogs.

We started off the session by going over a number of dog behavior and training fundamentals. It’s always important to make sure that a dog‘s physical and emotional needs are being taken care of when you’re dealing with a dog behavior problem like separation anxiety.

How to stop separation anxiety in dogs

As a dog behavior expert, it’s always rewarding to assist in helping dogs who suffer from separation anxiety because it makes such a big improvement of their quality of life. If you have a dog that suffers from separation anxiety, you know what I mean; losing control of their bowels, barking, chewing, destructive behavior, etc.

Stopping separation anxiety is all about making sure the dog is comfortable and confident about being left alone. This involves desensitizing them from the triggers that are associated with us leaving, helping them practice being calm when there are no humans around as well as when we leave.

I handed my camera to the guardian so that she could record a video of me sharing tips to stop separation anxiety in dogs and puppies. If you have a dog with a separation anxiety problem, check out the free positive dog training video below.

Although this is an easy way to stop a dog’s separation anxiety, it takes a lot of practice and repetition. I recommended the guardian practice these steps to stop separation anxiety frequently in short sessions that will progressively get longer as Ripper gets more advanced with the stay lesson. It would be great if she could practice these exercises 4 to 6 times a day, but the quality of the practice is more important than the quantity.

I recommended the guardian reach out to me if she has any questions or concerns or hits plateaus in the process.

To help her remember all of the positive dog behavior tips I shared in this in-home LA dog training session, we recorded a roadmap to success summary video that you can watch below.

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