When you’re home does your dog seem clingy and want to follow you around the house like a shadow? Do they lean up against you or sit on your feet all the time?

Does your dog become agitated when you prepare to go out? Do they seem anxious or depressed as you go through your “getting ready to leave the house routine”. Do you hear them start barking or scratching at the door when you leave?

Are you returning home to find your dog is still barking and your neighbour has left a note under your door complaining about the noise! Has your couch, skirting boards or doors been chewed or scratched? Has your dog eliminated inappropriately? Maybe your lawn and garden have been excavated and you discover that your dog has been trying to dig its way under the fence. Are they completely beside themselves with relief when you get home?

If a few of these things sound familiar it might be a good idea to find out exactly what is happening when you go out. The best way to do this is to set up a recording device and watch the footage when you get home. If you play it back and witness your dog perhaps pacing, drooling, whining, barking, shaking, panting, vomiting, eliminating in the wrong places, trying to escape so they can find you, and generally looking really anxious, then you should seek the advice of a profession Canine Behaviourist and get them to design a program for you and your dog to get over this problem.Dr Cherlene Lee can recommend someone for you.

Remember that dogs chew up things, dig up gardens, bark excessively and eliminate inappropriately for many other reasons too, so don’t just jump to conclusions. If you are not meeting your dogs exercise needs they will have way too much pent up energy and need an outlet. Your furniture or your garden may be the victims. Maybe you’re not leaving them enough environmental enrichment (fun things to do when you go out) and they are just bored out of their brains and become creative with entertaining themselves.  Perhaps they have a health problem that is causing them to eliminate in the wrong places, or making them feel anxious. These things need to be ruled out first.

Sometimes we unintentionally set up our fur babies to develop this problem. To avoid doing this we strongly suggest that new puppy owners enroll in our Puppy School program and learn how to build their puppies confidence for when they will be alone from an early age.

Kim Doran
Delta Accredited Trainer
Ph – 0421 416 281

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