Separation Anxiety – mild case – positive reinforcement dog training

This is an old video that I was not sure if I would ever publish. After shooting this there are a few things I would include, but I now have a brand-new computer system and I am unsure ways to move the file to imovie or if it is even possible. So, I am publishing it anyway and adding a bunch of info to this description.

Outlaw is free of separation stress and anxiety now after numerous months of altering our regular, taking baby actions, and having a couple of set backs. There was a point in the training that I did not point out when I would leave your home and come right back, then go out the door down the patio, then out the door down the deck and open the car door, and constantly right back to reward him for being quiet and calm. Ultimately I got to where I could drive up the roadway come right house and reward. For Bandit I believe it was that he simply wanted our enjoyable and play time to continue on and on. He never showed other signs aside from the out of control barking. He never ever chewed things up, nor did he ever have potty mishaps inside. So, I was fortunate that I truly had to do was work on his being calm and not barking as I left your house. I did have to reveal him that I was coming home. I likewise changed my everyday routine with him. I used to come home in the middle of the day to have fun with him and this seemed to just get him more worked up and want to play more. So, I stopped getting home and playing and would either not get back at all or do calm quiet things with him when I did get back.

Anyhow, this work in addition to Kongs, chew bones, toys, and hiding food assisted him as it offered him a job to do while I was out of your home.

I likewise understand that Outlaw would bark out the front window when he could aesthetically see someone or something, so I installed some bulletin board system paper and obstructed his view. This also assisted him! However, when the paper came down his habits was great at the front window as long as I was house and could keep a close eye on him. When I was not home, I would offer him his Kong and other items in the back of your house where our kitchen, family room, and a restroom is. We are lucky to have a pocket door and all I do is close it when I leave so that he cannot have access to that front window.

I am still not 100% sure that he was nervous that I was leaving or if it was something outside that he was barking at. All I know is that in the start he did have the tendency to bark as I would leave. So, I simply dealt with that and handled the rest.

Finally, I do feel that he is far more calm when I get home he is sleeping.

If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

If you think your dog has separation anxiety, get in touch with a professional behaviorist or somebody that focuses on behavior adjustment. Ensure that the training does not include any physical punishment as this will make the issue worse!

Have a terrific day!

Pam, Isabelle, & Bandit

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2 Responses to “Separation Anxiety – mild case – positive reinforcement dog training”

  1. Olive Mathers

    May 08. 2014

    My husky had separation anxiety really bad as a puppy, but instead of barking she would whine/cry. It was so bad that she would do this when I would just go to the bathroom. One day I prepared a platter of chicken bits, left the room, came back before she cried and gave her a treat. She was so bad though, crying almost as soon as I left the room, I was getting discouraged. I actually used a timer to mark her progress. She started out crying after 3 seconds of me leaving the room! I slowly progressed her tolerance, and she is a well adjusted 3 year old brat now! Haha. 

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  2. Megan Collins

    May 10. 2017

    I’m not sure my dog is barking the whole time I’m gone but she does great for 3 days and then on the 4th day she goes distractive. Eating my couch cushions or items that are at her level. Any suggestions?

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