Brain Building for Anxious Dogs
Dogs can stay home alone and still be comfortable
Learn to be comfortable while alone.
It feels good to be loved and to know someone you love will come home to you later today. Separation Anxiety distorts the feeling into something uncomfortable. It's a nervous, anxious, out of control feeling that makes you believe you can't function without your partner.
Dogs can feel trapped in a house. They may think the only solution is to tear a hole through the front door to find the human that makes life worth living.
Helping dogs understand
Dogs can feel anxious when they don't understand things in every day life.
To unwind this we need to:
Identify what those things are.
Make sure those things/situations are not actually hurting or threatening our dogs.
Play games to help dog actually understand, what these things are, and how they work, to demonstrate to our dogs, there is no threat.
Teach dogs how to relax when ask.
Teach games that promote happiness.
Teach dogs to choose happiness and a relaxed state when exposed to the situations and things that previously caused them to feel anxiety.
Remember to have fun :)
This can be a lot of work. It's also a lot of fun. If you're happy and laughing, it's more likely for your dog to be happy and laughing.
There's not much room to be anxious and happy at the same time.
We may work with a Veterinarian or a Veterinary Behaviorist.