I believe every dog owner would meet the situation like this: after a long day at work and when you have come home, you came to know from your neighbor that your dog has been driving him/her completely mad with his unvarying barking and howling. Actually, this means that your dog is suffering from separation anxiety. Dogs are just like us, who have anxieties and fears. A dog’s anxieties, may not be the same as our own anxieties, but they cause stress physical reaction just the same.
When dogs are anxious, they may engage in repetitive or displacement behaviors to relieve their stress. They may pace, groom, non-stop barking, chewing up furniture, walls, shoes, garbage, pooping and peeing in the house, eating their own poop and aggression toward people, dogs or other animals. Hence, here are some of the ways and tips to calm down your dog which can help to ease his/her anxiety.
Non-stop barking is the normal anxious behavior of a dog and many dog owners have no idea what to do with this situation. First, you need to make sure that your dog gets enough exercise, keep taking your pet for a walk everyday or take him to the dog park to run around in order to burn off the extra energy that causing him to bark. Meanwhile, training your dog be silent is another important part, you can get dog anti bark training collar to your dog and train him.
Play with your dog. Many dogs have anxious feeling because of the ignorance of their owners. So, play with your pet a while everyday which can reduce dog anxiety. If you are really busy, you can just let him sit with you and sometime pet your furry friend’s belly or head to show your care. Some talk to your pet can also let your dog feel happy.
Purchase your doggie new toys instead of let him chew your shoes or furniture. It is always better to create a habit for your pets to entertain themselves when they are left alone. Before leaving out, try to give toys for your dog to play with so that they can chew on them instead of nibbling on your dirty shoes. He can relive the stress from the toys. And you can purchase the toys form local pet store or buy these pet supplies online.
In the end, never leave your dog for more than 8 hours alone. If your job doesn’t allow you to come home early then assign somebody the task to release your dog out so that he can have a break for some time.