One of the hardest things in the world is leaving your puppy at home when you have to go out into the world! Often, your absence can leave your puppy stressed out and anxious. Below we have some helpful hints on how to make it easier on your pup when you leave for the day.
To ease your puppy into understanding that sometimes you have to leave them, you can slowly desensitize them by leaving for short periods of time. Start off with just leaving them alone for 10 minutes, either by leaving the house or just going into another room. Gradually, increase the time you’re away, so that they get used to you being gone for longer periods of time.
Calm & Soothe
It’s also a good idea to not make leaving a stressful, exciting situation. Some experts suggest ignoring your puppy for 10 to 20 minutes before you leave the house. And when you do leave, you can either say a few calm words, or leave without saying anything at all. Soon, your puppy will learn that you leaving is no big deal.
You can play soothing music for your pup while you’re away to help them cope with your absence. A few drops of Bach flower essence in your puppy’s water is also a good way to invoke calm feelings throughout the day.
A puppy does best when they have a set schedule when it comes to feeding, potty time, and when you leave the house. A predictable routine allows your puppy to know what is coming next so that they don’t become anxious.
Another way to help your puppy’s anxiety when you leave is by offering some fun distractions. Before you leave the house, give your pup a puzzle toy filled with treats. That way they will be focused on those tasty nibbles, rather than the fact that you’re heading for the door.
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If you haven’t added a pup to your home because you’re worried about them destroying your home due to separation anxiety, you don’t have to be afraid! As you read above, there are plenty of ways to help manage this, so you can experience the joy of pet ownership. When you’re ready to add a furry friend to your family, Love My Puppy can help you select the right puppy. Come visit our puppy store in Boca Raton today, so you can meet your new best friend!