HOME ALONE SEPARATION ANXIETY

Pet parents are very familiar with the term “Separation Anxiety” and want to know how to alleviate this behavioral problem. I’m happy to address the issue but need to first explain how pet parents can actually cause separation anxiety and that learning to avoid creating it, is a lot easier than dealing with and trying to correct the symptoms of separation anxiety when it’s full-blown. So, let’s examine how a pet parent creates separation anxiety. Here’s a perfect example.  A schoolteacher is home for the entire summer vacation and decides to get a puppy. The schoolteacher; let’s use the name Alex, decides to get a puppy and names it Sam.  Alex spends close to 24 hours a day with Sam, making sure the new puppy is well taken care of and has everything needed to start life in a new home.  Alex even takes Sam out to pee and poo every 2 hours. Sounds good but by the end of summer when Alex has to go back to teaching, Alex’s “coddling” has turned into “enabling” and Sam cannot... TO CONTINUE READING...

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