Preventing Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety During the Coronavirus Quarantine – Part 2

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Preventing Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety During the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Isolation Quarantine
Preventing Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety During the Coronavirus  Quarantine

Preventing Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety During the Coronavirus  Quarantine-Part 2

This is the second article in the series Preventing Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety during the Coronavirus Quarantine, and we will talk about The Prep Stuff – some important items and activities you may not have thought of – as well as the conventional treatment for Separation Anxiety.

During this series of articles, I will refer to puppies and dogs as “he” and people as “she” for simplicity.

The aim of this Separation Anxiety prevention program is to give your dog confidence so that he doesn’t have to be with you 24/7 and that he knows that when you leave, you will return. You will do that by promoting independence while you are home and give him something to do when you are gone.

Because you are home now and have time to do the training, you’re going to get some easy preventative measures in order to lessen the emotional toll on both of you now and the financial toll on you later so you don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to work with a dog behavior consultant and purchase the supplies they recommend.

Make Sure There Are No Underlying Medical Conditions.

Whether you have a puppy, newly-adopted, or a resident dog, take him to the vet for a thorough exam, especially if you notice any behavior changes such as his being more timid or nervous, physical changes such as limping, changes in bathroom habits, or any blood. If he has any underlying medical condition, that can contribute to anxiety.

It’s always prudent to have a fecal test done, especially with a newly-adopted dog or puppy. You can see worms, but you can’t see parasites! And you don’t know if your puppy or dog has them unless he’s tested.

If he is a new puppy dog, then the breeder/shelter/rescue may have told you that he’s already been examined by a veterinarian, but these are generally cursory exams.

Human equivalent – if we go to a restaurant during COVID, they’ll ask us a few questions and take our temperature. The next step up is to have an actual COVID test, and the step after that is a doctor’s exam.

Make Sure All Your Puppy Dog’s
Needs Are Met.

You don’t want him to develop separation anxiety because he

  • Is not getting enough exercise, both physical and mental
  • Needs to potty and he’s stressed because he’s been trained to potty outside but can’t hold it as long as he’s left alone
  • Is bored

Check His Diet.

Feed healthy food with a low protein content – the higher the protein level, the more energy he needs to burn off. The minimum protein content for puppy food is 22%, and the minimum for adults is 18%. Foods should be AAFCO approved https://tinyurl.com/y55s2dj8 (Association of American Feed Control Officials which is an organization composed of pet food manufacturers, not the government “Complete and Balanced” Pet Food | FDA www.fda.gov › animal-health-literacy) although AAFCO does not address the quality of the ingredients or what ingredients are used.

Personally I prefer foods that do not have corn, wheat, or soy or those that contain by-products. Read the labels to see what ingredients are in your dog’s food.

Helpful Tools to Prevent
Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety

It’s gonna be a lot easier if you have some tools to help you.

You will want to engage as many of your dog’s senses as you can to help him in your absence to engage his mind give him something to do so he is not focused on your not being there and also to tire him out.

I have prepared of audio, olfactory, and tactile products, holistic/homeopathic products as well as products for mental stimulation, both for your dog (puzzles and chew toys) and you (books and other resources). http://doggiemanners.com/preventing-puppy-dog-separation-anxiety-during-the-coronavirus-quarantine-resources/

Before you begin your training, please get at least one of these products in each category since each dog is different and we don’t know which one he will respond to best. When you find the product(s) that are best for him, then get more and different products in those categories.

The next article in Preventing Puppy Dog Separation Anxiety During the Coronavirus Quarantine is on things that you can do every day without a lot of effort.

If you need help with puppy or dog training, we are now doing virtual online consultations which are very effective to help in puppy dog separation anxiety. Please contact us by calling or texting (310) 804-2392 or sending an email to caryl@DoggieManners.com. We would love to work with you!

Part 1 – Introduction

Part 2 – The Prep Stuff

Part 3 – The Everyday Stuff

Part 4 – The Training Stuff

Part 5 – Resources

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Disclaimer: This article is for information only. It does not replace a consultation with a dog trainer, dog behavior consultant, or veterinarian and may not be used to diagnose or treat any conditions in your dog.

If you need help with puppy or dog training, we are now doing virtual online consultations which are very effective to help in puppy dog separation anxiety. Please contact us by calling or texting (310) 804-2392 or sending an email to caryl@DoggieManners.com. We would love to work with you!

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