Can you believe all of this snow? The dogs have been going nuts running through it and shoveling it out of their way with their noses. I guess they are probably happy because snow storms equal more time at home with Mom.
It’s been crazy busy here at Poe’s Pantry. I learned so much last week about doggie separation anxiety with our dog trainer at Paws and Pals Academy that I thought I should share it all with you.
According to Amanda, our trainer, dogs are smarter than we give them credit for…wait, I’m sure most of us already knew that. However, this means that our dogs have the ability to pick up on our daily schedules and they can begin to anticipate when we are going to leave them.
So, what’s the best way to avoid this anticipation and anxiety? Switch it up!
Make a list of the 10 things you do right before you leave everyday- here is my list.
After making your list, make a conscious effort to do those ten things in a different order every day. Also, take the time to do just one thing on the list, like grab your keys and just go sit on the couch with them. Your dog will be totally confused and will no longer associate you grabbing your keys with you leaving.
Another important thing you can do is make your absence a gift. Every time you leave offer your pet a special treat, like a marrow bone filled with goodies. Try our Super Bowl recipe!
Hopefully this has been helpful. Do you have a dog that suffers from separation anxiety?