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Reducing Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation anxiety is a feeling of loneliness that is experienced when being separated from a parent, carer or loved one. While it is most often seen in children, it is also a very real feeling that our pets and especially dogs experience.

The inevitable truth of owning a dog is that you will have to leave them alone at times, no matter how much we don’t want to! Many dog owners must leave for work for upwards of 8 hours a day, meaning their dogs are left without social interaction and exercise for a large portion of their day.

 

Effects of Separation Anxiety on Your Dog’s Behaviour

Separation anxiety in dogs can cause bad behaviour and a decline in the mental health of your dog. One of the most common forms of bad behaviour that becomes apparent in dogs with separation anxiety is excessive barking. Dogs with separation anxiety often resort to barking or howling out of boredom, but other common problems that arise include escape attempts, digging in the yard or chewing. While separation anxiety can present itself in several ways, the resulting behaviour is often confused for your dog suffering from boredom.

 

Preventing Separation Anxiety in Dogs & Puppies

So how can you prevent separation anxiety in dogs and puppies? There are several ways in which you can help to ease the effect of separation anxiety for your dog. With some changes in your own behaviour and the help of some very clever dog products, you can provide your lonely dog with some relatively simple solutions to separation anxiety symptoms.

 

Separation Anxiety Dog Training

By changing your own behaviour slightly while leaving your dog alone, you can help your dog to deal with separation anxiety.

 

1. Stay assertive

Stay calm and collected while leaving your pup alone for the day. Dogs are very perceptive animals, so by displaying anxious behaviour yourself before leaving your dog will act accordingly.

 

2. Don’t make a big deal about leaving

Make sure that you show your pup the affection that it deserves long before you leave the house. By communicating to your dog that leaving the house is not a big deal, they can become more accustomed to spending time without you!

 

3. Socialise and exercise with your dog before leaving

By tiring your dog out a little through exercise, you can encourage your dog to spend its time alone resting. This is good behaviour to encourage, as your home time is seen as the more social time for you and your dog to enjoy.

 

Dog Toys for Separation Anxiety

There are also dog toys available online that can help you to reduce separation anxiety in your dog. These toys often provide stimulation and mental training for your dog, occupying them for hours. These can come in the form of chew toys, cuddle toys or slow-release treat games.

One of our favourite separation anxiety dog toys are Lickimats. By spreading soft food over the mat, dogs will spend hours slowly licking this off.  This provides your dog with a tasty treat while also stimulating them and keeping them busy. You can buy a Lickimat from our online store here.

 

How Jordan Dog Training Can Help with Separation Anxiety

If you’re struggling to help your dog with their separation anxiety, you can enlist the help of an expert dog trainer from Jordan Dog Training. The team offers home dog training services that can be targeted specifically to help with separation anxiety and other behavioural issues. Contact the team online today.

Jordan Dog Training expands to Sydney

Sydney here we come! Jordan Dog Training is very proud to announce that we have now appointed a very well known, highly experienced and industry-respected person to join our team in Sydney. More details to follow soon..!

Bundy is “my boy’s hero”

Here is another article, this time in “That’s Life’ magazine, about the inspiring story of how a dog needing a home became a little boy’s best friend and helped him recover his health and happiness..!
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A dog and a boy saved each other

Justin Jordan was interviewed by Sunrise this week to talk about Mike and Bundy’s story. Justin was contacted by Bundy’s owner and was able to rehome this beautiful dog with Mike’s family.

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Dogs & Babies: How To Introduce A Furry Friend Into Your Family

Whether you’re thinking of welcoming a new baby or adopting a dog into your family, it’s best to make sure all involved are prepared for the change. Many people dream of their new child and pup — which, let’s be honest, is your fur baby — having marvellous adventures together, but introducing a new family member requires careful planning. Fortunately, with only a few simple steps, your child and dog can become the best of friends!

 

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Million Paws Walk

Million Paws Walk 2015 – See you there!

This is now a tradition for us at Jordan Dog Training: like last year and the years before, we will be participating to RSPCA’s annual Millions Paws Walk.

Just like last year, Justin and Red will be attending as part of the Queensland Reds team – we are looking forward to a day of fun with our favourite rugby team and are hoping to see you all there! You can see more photos of last year’s event here.

 

Find our more information about this event on the Millions Paws Walk website and join us in South Bank on Sunday 17 May!

mothers day classic

Mother’s Day Classic 2015 – See you there!

Jordan Dog Training are excited to announce that we will be participating to the Mother’s Day Classic in South Bank. Join Justin Jordan and Red Dog on Sunday 10th of May to celebrate Mother’s Day and support Breast Cancer research.

Justin and Red Dog will be attending this event as part of the Queensland Reds team – we are looking forward to spending a great Sunday promoting this important cause and seeing you all there!

 

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Mikey with his dog Bundy

The healing power of a dog

Here is a heart warming update from the new owner of “Bundy”, the dog we were trying to urgently find a home for a few months ago.

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to you and your families. We hope you enjoy the holiday and have a well-deserved break. Read our Easter Newsletter for some important information, news and ideas.

Obedience for Life

We can all appreciate the importance of training our dogs to help them coexist with their human counterparts.  The pleasure of having a well-balanced and well-behaved dog in our lives can’t be overstated. You are able to share more of your life with them as they are more acceptable in everyday society, going for car rides, going to the beach or for walks, being part of our family functions, and possibly allowed inside with the family.

With all of this in mind, we offer puppy pre-school for our younger puppies (aged 8 weeks to 18 weeks) to get them started off on the right track, which is very important on many levels. read more