Dachshund Separation Anxiety
Dachshunds are faithful dogs who love their pack (family members). They don’t like to be left alone. Providing your doxie with Separation Anxiety Training will help them learn that when you leave your home, you will be back and they don’t need to worry or be destructive.
Dachshunds who have separation anxiety will act out in the house because of their instinct, not because of behavioral issues. Punishing them for this act will not do any good. Only use positive reinforcement when training your Dachshund.
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Training Tip: If your dog has separation anxiety, most of the destruction will occur in the first 30 minutes of your departure.
Separation Anxiety Training Tips
To avoid triggering a separation anxiety episode, don’t directly interaction with your pup right before you leave. Certain noise triggers like getting your keys out and saying “Good-bye” can set your dog off.
2. Coming Home
When you arrive home, don’t act super excited or have direct interaction with your pup right away. Wait for a couple of minutes before greeting your dog. Then, let your dog outside to go potty, without any excitement. Avoid making a big fuss, stay calm and they will learn to be calm.
This is Very Important! Take your Dachshund on a 20-minute walk BEFORE you leave for the day. They will usually empty themselves on the morning walk and last longer in the house without an accident for up to 4 hours. Anytime after that, have someone let them out to potty for you.
Training Tip: If you work full-time or are unable to let your dog out during the day, get some help. You can search online for some local dog walkers in your area.
4. Catching Them In The Act
If you catch your dog in the act of destroying something in your home, don’t go back inside! This will reinforce the behavior and they will learn to be destructive to get you to come back home.
5. Keeping Occupied
Give your Dachshund some food or a frozen peanut butter Kong Toy before you leave for the day. If it is part of your routine to give your dog some breakfast before you leave for work, give it to them right as you are leaving to keep them occupied and not panicking.
6. Calm Environment
Leave a tv, radio, or a fan on before you leave to help your dog listen to familiar sounds while you are gone. Creating a calm environment can be a big help when it comes to keeping a nervous dog relaxed.
Check out: 10 Tips for Living with a Nervous Dog.
7. Get Some Help
For more severe cases of separation anxiety, consult your vet for some help. They may recommend some medications that can help keep your dog calm.
If you need some professional help with separation anxiety, excessive barking, leash pulling, or unwanted doggie behaviors, I recommend checking out the online dog training program: K9 Training Institute. They have awesome reviews and offer free training sessions that you can watch right at home with your pup.
8. Natural Antidotes
You can try natural methods to calm canine separation anxiety too. Check out your local pet store for lavender based treats or diffusers that will release a calming lavender scent in the air to help keep your dog feeling safe and calm.
It doesn’t matter if your dog is young or old, learning a new command just takes a little time, patience, and some yummy treats to achieve great success.
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