How to Help Your Dog with Separation Anxiety

I got my first puppy after seeing a sign that advertised ‘Puppy for sale’ Singapore pet store, Polypet put up. The eyes of the puppies in the store were adorable and immensely mesmerizing. Immediately I went home to browse Adopt a dog Singapore, an initiative set up to help members of the public adopt pooches. After following the adoption procedure, I bought my new poodle Singapore’s crowd favorite of a dog breed to the veterinary center for a checkup. After spending the first two days together, I came to the realization my new furry friend became unusually destructive when left alone. Couches, pillows and almost anything left on the floor would become pulverized after returning home.

Following an advice from a friend who had previously adopted dogs, I was informed that the underlying root of the problem would either be a symptom of distress, or the lack of training on polite house manners. I was shattered, my new adorable pooch had separation anxiety. The following are a few steps I have taken to smoothen the process of accommodating to my new family member. First off, mild cases of separation of anxiety should be treated with counterconditioning, a treatment that alleviates the negative experience of a dog by associating a fearful situation with something the dog favors. Over a period of time, the dog will learn that it’s fears are predictors of good things for him.

In more severe cases of separation anxiety, desensitization in addition to counterconditioning measures may be required. Such measures should require the consultation of a board-certified veterinary behaviorist (Dip ACVB) or a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB). In the event a behaviorist cannot be found,  Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) may act as a substitute but the owner must determine whether the trainer is qualified to help the dog.

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