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How Can I Cure my Dog of Separation Anxiety?

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It can be frustrating to learn your dog experiences separation anxiety when you leave the house. You might feel as though you’re tied to your home, with guilt as well as to prevent his destructive acts. It doesn’t have to be this way, though; there are steps you can take to help him feel safe and content when left alone.

 

First, what causes separation anxiety? A life change like divorce, a new house or a death can trigger anxious feelings in your pet. Some breeds seem more prone to it, such as German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, border collies, Italian greyhounds and German Shorthaired Pointers. Part of the reason could be these dogs’ bonding levels with their owners, as well as their intelligence When a dog is used to being stimulated, he may easily feel bored and then anxious when his family is away.

 

Pet owners sometimes unknowingly encourage separation anxiety by making a big deal out of leaving the house or arriving home. In that way, your dog is given a lot of attention near the door, stressing once you leave. In addition, try varying your routine: Put on your coat, but sit down on the couch. Pick up your keys, and place them somewhere else. Go outside to start the car, then come back inside. Getting him used to the activity and noises related to departure will help him understand overtime that it’s all part of normal, everyday life. (Speaking of activity and noises, some dogs are calmed by having the TV or radio on during the day. If you often have one of these on while you’re at home, trying leaving it on while you’re away.)

 

The easiest way to help your pup understand there are positives related to your leaving is by giving him a stuffed bone or a treat as you walk out the door. Time your treat-giving appropriately, however; you should only reward the behavior you want to see, so the moment to give him his treat is once he sits quietly, not while he’s crying.

 

Some dogs are happy in their crate, so you may find your pooch prefers to be crated during your absence. Whether you opt to crate him or not, condition him to be away from you by starting with short periods of absence and then gradually lengthening his time home alone.

 

As the well-known refrain goes, a tired dog is a happy dog (and a happy owner). Exercise your dog daily he needs 30-60 minutes of exercise as well as spend one-on-one time with him working on obedience training and tricks. Keeping his body and mind active mean he’ll be tired by the time you leave and more likely to settle down.

 

In severe cases, you and your vet may decide that medication or a homeopathic remedy is necessary in conjunction with behavioral training. Whichever route you go, remember that separation anxiety isn’t preventable in every dog. Stay patient with your pet.


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Truly Industructible

Due to their high quality and great customer service, I own all Monster K9 toys they have. We have a 2 year old Belgian Malinois that requires daily activities due to his breed. Thus, high-quality, low price toys are an absolute must.

We use this as our back up toy when his Frisbee is out of commission. If you throw this overhanded with your palm facing towards you and flick your wrist, it rolls AMAZINGLY on the ground. While our Malinois loves playing with it the most, all of our dogs love chasing it as speeds across the ground.

To top it off, once you're done with playtime, if you want to your dog have it for the rest of the afternoon, there's almost no chance they're going to destroy it. It's a very high-quality rubber that is very similar to the rubber used in reusable rubber firearm targets. When punctures or cuts are introduced, the rubber material instantly and naturally 'self-fills' the gaps so you can barely notice it's even there. This dramatically reduces the chance of open gashes, spaces, or weak points for your dog to grab a hold of to rip it apart.

We've owned ours for 5 months now and haven't had to replace it. For $13 plus free shipping, this puts other "tough" dog toys to shame.

The best there is!

While it may not be entirely 'indestructible', which is stated in the guarantee information, for $14 this is by far the best and most durable Frisbee on the market. Other companies will charge $20-$30 for "tough" Frisbees or cloth Frisbees and they'll last a week or two tops. This Frisbee lasts 1-2 months with our 70lb Belgian Malinois and is made with thick high-quality rubber.

I'll take that ANY day over spending $20-$30/wk on Frisbees, in which some are hard plastics that produces very sharp edges that are dangerous if ingested.

If you let your dog chew on it daily, you might see a slightly reduced life on this Frisbee. But if you keep it put up and only take it out only during play time, you'll easily get a few months or more out of it. Because of it's high durability, we let our Malinois have WAY longer than any other Frisbee we've bought in the past; and it still lasts longer than a multitude of other brands we've bought. Plus, he absolutely loves it!

Loved and Destroyed Frisbee

Rebel loved the frisbee. It last about 2 weeks. Can we get a ball as a replacement? We’very had much better results with the ball.

Ultra Durable ChewRing

Has been a GREAT CHEW, FETCH, OR TUG OF WAR TOY. The ring makes it difficult for my 85lb aggressive chewer to destroy unlike the stick whereas he can do damage to the end. Would like a ring in a large diameter. This inside hole size makes it harder to play tag of war with lager size dogs.

1 x Ultra Durable ChewStick Tug of war Toy

My two dogs enjoy playing with this stick together but playing time is limited because my aggressive chewer wants it to himself. The straight shape makes it easier for him to chew on the end and has put some sizable pits at the end. My fear is that with continued chewing he'll do enough damage to bite through and swallow a large chunk. It has to be taken away and put up when playing time "together" is over. No chew time alone.