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Your dog doesn't want you going to work or on vacation. How to handle separation anxiety

Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Cats & Dogs News

What can you do at home now

If your dog is showing mild signs of separation anxiety or if you're waiting for your scheduled veterinarian appointment, Ralf Weber, a certified dog trainer based in Corona, shared tips on what you can do at home.

— For five minutes a day, everyone in the home ignore the dog. The animal may whine or bark but eventually will entertain itself or lie down. Once the dog is comfortable at five minutes, gradually increase the time.

— Having your dog crate-trained is valuable. A crate is a dog's own comfortable space, away from the owner. It's also needed when transporting your pet, leaving them at a kennel or if they have to stay at the veterinarian's office.

— Similar to Komisar's technique of leaving your pet alone for however long the pet is comfortable with, Weber recommends gradually increasing the dog's alone time. But don't rush the process; go at your dog's pace.


More resources

— Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers helps you find a certified dog trainer near you.

— Wag! helps you locate dog walkers, boarders and trainers nearby.

— Rover has listings for boarding, house sitting, dog walking, doggy day care and drop-in visits (to feed, play or give bathroom breaks).

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