There’s no doubt that pets everywhere are soaking in all the extra attention they’ve been getting while your family is at home. However, this extended time home could impact your pet’s well-being once you go back to your regular routine.
Home alone anxiety is no small concern. Once your schedule goes back to normal, you may start to see unwanted behaviors from your dogs who have forgotten how to cope with being left alone.
Symptoms of home alone anxiety include destruction in home, attempts to escape, excessive vocalization, involuntary elimination, salivation/drooling and panting.
To help curb home alone anxiety, there are practices you can start doing today with your dog.
5 Tips to Prevent and Treat Home Alone Anxiety
- Maintain your morning routine. Get dressed for work, grab your car keys and bag, and put on your shoes. Step out the front door and spend a short time outside of your home, while your dog remains inside.
- Brush up on “stay” or “go to mat” as part of your daily routine.
- Crate your dog or keep them in their confinement area during normal work hours for part of the time. Break up the crate time with a walk.
- Make a game out of going in and out of their crate or confinement area to keep it a positive space.
- Give your dog alone time at least twice a day for an hour.
Performing these daily practices should prevent your dog from getting too used to your constant presence and help them cope with your absence.
Home Alone Anxiety Webinar
Want to see learn more about implementing these tips at home? Join OHS Dog Trainers Brie and Jennifer for a home alone anxiety webinar. The webinar includes step-by-step tips and tricks as well as demo videos to help you start the training process. Sign up to watch the webinar here.