If your dog suffers from dog separation anxiety, leaving the house can sometimes be just as distressing for you as it is for your four-legged friend. Our dogs are a source of comfort to us, and we strive to provide them with a sense of security and tranquility in return. Often, however, our pets become so attached to us that they have difficulties managing their behavior when we leave them home alone. They might bark, whine, or become destructive to our belongings or furniture. In extreme cases of dog separation anxiety, they might even become upset to the point of self-harm. This is obviously very upsetting to both our dogs and ourselves. Luckily, there are several simple steps that we can take to ease this behavior and help our dogs remain calm and relaxed when separated from their owners.
The most important thing we can do to relax our dogs and help ease their anxiety is to establish a calming routine that is synonymous with separation. This can be achieved by instituting and maintaining an air of peace and happiness in the moments leading up to departure and continuing through the first several minutes of our return home. Music can be very beneficial in creating and maintaining a tranquil mood for our pets. Many veterinarians and animal behaviorists strongly recommend the use of soothing music, such as the gentle harp music featured in Chill Dog, as a key tool in easing dog separation anxiety. Simply turn on the music, spend a few quality moments listening with your dog, then calmly leave your pup to enjoy the tunes alone. Upon your return, allow your dog to settle down from his initial excitement, then enjoy the music together for a few more moments. If you’re consistent, it will not only ease your dog’s separation anxiety, but add a little relaxation to your daily routine as well.