One of the biggest challenges that dog owners face is coping with the separation anxiety that our furry friends exhibit when we must eventually leave them alone. To them it’s as if we will never return, which is why they whine, try to block our way and act out in other undesirable ways. Puppies are particularly liable to exhibit these kinds of behaviors. In order to ease some of your worries and lessen the anxiety that your pet feels when you are away from home, we’ve organized a list of tips that will help your pet survive your absence.
- Train your puppy to be alone for short periods of time: Leave your puppy alone for progressively longer periods of time. This will teach him that you are not always going to be by its side. Also, avoid taking your puppy with you everywhere you go. This could cause the puppy to be overly attached to you. This is not always a good thing especially considering that you will have to leave its side at some point.
- Make sure food and water is available: This one is a no-brainer. Know exactly how much food and water your puppy will require and make sure that he/she can get to it easily. Most professionals suggest that puppies be fed 3-4 times a day.
- Show your puppy that it can have fun without you: Leave your pooch with things to do while you are away. Make sure that it can access its favorite toys.Your puppy will then have to spend some time trying to get to them. Finally, give these things to your dog before you leave the house. This way your dog will associate your leaving with a positive experience.
- Consider a crate or outside dog house/kennel: Make sure that your puppy is comfortable in its crate and that it knows that it is a fun and comfortable place for it to be. Leave it open so that even when you are gone, it can come and go. Close the crate for progressively longer periods of time so that eventually when you leave it will stay put. If you leave for an extended period of time you may wish to consider placing your puppy in a kennel.
- Puppy-proof your home and/or back yard: Of course, you will want to keep your pooch safe from injury at all times but this is even more important when you are not there. To make it safer for your pup, remove power cords, choking hazards, toxic chemicals and sharp objects from its reach.
Enjoy training your dog and remember that doing so will keep it safe and happy. Also, remember that as white golden retriever breeders we will have English cream golden retrievers for sale that are healthy, happy and waiting for a new home.