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There's no reason to panic when left alone

Destructiveness, fits of howling and barking or "forgetting" house-training skills - these are all typical stress symptoms displayed by dogs which are afraid of being left alone. However, how it is possible to prevent this?

Dogs often panic when left alone - in most cases, it is an inevitable part of a dog's development. Dogs which have been pampered from their earliest days are particularly affected by this problem. They stick to their owners like glue and never have to deal with even the mildest of stress as a way of learning. However, how is it possible to prevent this problem so that both parties, dog and owner, are spared this suffering?

Step-by-step training from the very beginning

The be all and end all in terms of prevention is step-by-step, continual training, irrespective of race, cross-breed or whether the dog is nervous or not. Here, you should ensure that you do not spend every minute with your young dog - as in this way, you make it harder for your dog to learn to wait. No canine mother would dream of spending all her time with her puppies when they are ready to be given away. As her worthy successor, you should follow her example, and start training your dog to wait using small everyday things.

Normal daily behaviour reduces fear

For example, sweep the steps for a couple of minutes, go down to the cellar or chat to the neighbour for a short while - naturally leaving your puppy alone during all these activities. It is extremely important that you increase the length of time the dog is alone extremely gradually. Short signals such as "wait patiently now!" help your absence seem utterly natural. You should avoid pitying rituals before leaving, and when you return, let your little hero greet you briefly before handing out some casual praise. Later on, you can give your four-legged friend buffalo skin products to chew on as an antidote to impatience when you're away for longer periods. In this way, you counteract undesirable developments in your dog's character, such as separation anxiety, something which should be a top priority during training.