Now that 2020 is officially in full swing, there may be some things that you have said to yourself that you will fix this year, from implementing healthy eating habits, to saving more money, and a variety of other things.
But as a pet owner , there may be some things that you would like to change – like pet separation anxiety. Listed below are six things you can do to fix your pet(s) separation anxiety.
Tip #1: Take Your Pet Out for a Walk.
The great thing about taking your pet out for a walk is that it gives your dog some free time to explore, run around and interact with the natural environment.
A huge part of pet anxiety has to do with your pet feeling alone. However, by taking your pet for a walk, this gives your pet the opportunity to burn some energy. After 15 to 25 minutes out walking, your pet will be in a calm and resting mode. This is the perfect scenario for you, because while you’re gone, your pet will be at ease due to the energy that he or she has burned walking. If you do this, you should notice a huge difference in your pet’s attitude when you leave your residence.
Tip #2: Don’t Make Eye Contact & Avoid Touching.
The key here is to make it seem like there’s no big deal about you leaving. We know that it’s so hard not to place your hands on your fur baby and give him or her big hugs, kisses, and rubs in all of your pet’s favorite places, but avoid this temptation. When you leave without making a big deal about it, your pet won’t act like it’s a big deal either. It is also super important to make sure that when you arrive back home, don’t make a big deal about your re-entry into your residence. Simply walk back in like it’s no big deal, wait approximately five minutes and then give your pet all the love you desire.
Tips #3: Say Goodbye Well Before You Leave.
If tip number two was too big of a pill for you to swallow, then this tip is a great alternative. This tip also helps “you” emotionally if leaving your pet without making eye contact and touching is too hard for you to do. With the exception of the rare occasions when you have to rush out of the door, planning to touch, rub and give your pet attention 20 to 30 minutes prior to your departure will allow you to get your goodbyes in and satisfy your pet’s desire for attention and affection. This will help ensure that erratic behavior is eliminated.
Tip #4: Leave Your Pet Alone.
Pets are creatures of habit and a great habit to start is leaving your pet alone in small increments. Start by leaving your pet alone for five minutes, then 10 minutes, slowly increasing your pet’s time alone over time. This allows your pet to get used to being by his or herself and not feel the need to act out when it’s time to separate. This helps to build a healthy relationship between you and your pet.
Tip #5: Play Audiobooks.
This may surprise you but pushing play on an audiobook can help your pet’s separation anxiety. It turns out that the human voice coming from an audiobook is soothing to pets. In fact, according to an academic study at Hartpury College noted in a USA Today article, listening to audiobooks rather than music reduced stress in pets.
Tip #6: Hire a Pet Sitter.
One of the best ways to solve all of your pet’s separation anxiety issues is to hire a reputable pet sitting company. Hiring professionals who handle pets on a daily basis and are trained to make your pet feel like a million bucks can make a world of difference in both you and your pet’s life.
Following one or all six of these tips can help reduce your pet’s separation anxiety.
Post by Nicholas Cole
Images by Tatiana and Christian Domingues