Nobody likes thinking of their pet being worried or anxious when they’re not around. Leaving the house can be difficult if you know your dog’s going to be upset, stressed out and possibly damaging to your home. This is why it’s so important to invest in classical harp music for your canine. Certain kinds of music have been shown to be soothing and relaxing to dogs even in otherwise stressful situation.
How do you know that your dog is experiencing separation anxiety or is under any stress, though? Pay attention to these signs:
- Your dog digs or scratches at doors or windows.
- You notice that your furniture or personal objects have been chewed.
- Neighbors complain of whining, barking and howling when you’re not home
- You return home only to find that your dog has defecated or urinated inside.
There are a few different ways to treat separation anxiety. Ideally, you want to create an inviting atmosphere for your dog, even when you’re not home to keep him company. One great way to do this is to leave classical harp music playing when you head out of the house. Other ways to cure separation anxiety include:
- Ignore your dog for the first few minutes when you return home. When you do pay attention to him, pet him calmly to not excite him again.
- Leave your dog with an article of clothing that smells like you, like an old t-shirt.
- Say the same word to your dog every time you leave the house so that he knows you’ll be back.
In addition to creating a safe space for your dog by playing music, keep him loosely confined to one area of the house. You don’t have to pen him into the hallway, but you can close the doors to other rooms so that he has to stay in the main part of the house. Also, make sure your dog can easily access his toys when you’re out of the house.