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How to teach a dog not to be afraid of staying home alone: a clever method

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Stress from solitude can have a very negative impact on a dog if not overcome in time

Unlike cats, who often prefer solitude, dogs are pack animals and are highly dependent on contact with people and other pets. When left alone, they can experience separation anxiety, which is severe stress due to the lack of communication.

A young, untrained dog can become distressed in just one working day while the owner is away. Therefore, it is crucial to properly train dogs to behave calmly when alone. OBOZREVATEL shares a professional life hack to help you with this task.

The primary goal is to gradually help the dog understand the necessity of parting with the owner from time to time. To achieve this, demonstrate to the dog that you can leave the house but will always return, regardless of the circumstances.

Prepare as usual - put on your outerwear, grab your bag and keys, open the door, and step outside. Then come back in after 10 seconds. This short duration prevents the dog from entering a deeper state of stress, as it realizes that you haven't left completely.

Gradually increase the duration of the exercise each time. The dog needs to adapt to the idea that the owner may be away from home for an extended period, but it doesn't mean abandonment.

It's essential to provide your dog with activities when you are away for an extended time. Buy toys for them, allow them to look out the window freely, and perhaps consider getting another pet so they don't feel lonely. Offering distractions for your dog while you're away is crucial for their well-being.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you how to train a dog to dry food.

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