Is your dog anxious? Trainer shares four things you can do to help make their time alone easier

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Teaching your pup to be comfortable home alone can be a process for a lot of pet parents.

While the majority of our canine companions don't like being left on their own, some fare better than others.

For those that really struggle, understanding how to reduce separation anxiety in dogs is vital. 

And according to expert trainer and behaviorist Louise Glazebrook, laying the foundation for this starts when you're together.

Read on as we reveal four tips Glazebrook recently shared to Instagram that will help you teach your dog how to be alone.

1. Make them feel secure: "Don't keep getting up and leaving the room when they fall asleep," Glazebrook advises. "When they wake and can't see you they will panic. Which then makes it hard for dogs to rest for fear of being left."

2. Practice making yourself unavailable: "When your dog is tired, it can be really useful to be in the room but not available to play or interact," says Glazebrook. "E.g., sitting at the table on a laptop. This is still practising separation."

3. Know that breeding impacts this: "We cannot deny that breed, breeding, and genetics impacts a dog's ability to be separated, so don't always assume it is something you are doing wrong."

4. Don't follow your dog everywhere: "Hard to do, especially with puppies, but let your dog seek out independence in your home and garden," Glazebrook recommends. "And don't follow them everywhere or they will think you have separation anxiety!"

Anxiety in dogs can be a challenging issue to deal with, but with time, patience, and consistency, your pup can learn to become more comfortable being on their own.

If you're at all concerned about your dog's levels of anxiety when you're apart, we recommend speaking with your vet or a qualified behaviorist. 

Kathryn Williams
Freelance writer

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has been a member of the PetsRadar family since it launched in 2020. Highly experienced in her field, she's driven by a desire to provide pet parents with accurate, timely, and informative content that enables them to provide their fur friends with everything they need to thrive. Kathryn works closely with vets and trainers to ensure all articles offer the most up-to-date information across a range of pet-related fields, from insights into health and behavior issues to tips on products and training. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with her family (which includes one super sassy cat), drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and reading all the books.