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Top Tips for Avoiding Separation Distress

1. Crate Training

Crates are very popular pieces of equipment these days. I use crates or pens when my puppies are young as places for them to rest during the day (with the door closed) as well as overnight too. My vehicle also has permanent fixed crates for them to travel inside safely when we’re out and about.

When used well they can be safe spaces where dogs will choose to rest, and can be helpful in getting dogs used to periods of separation from their owner.

But unfortunately crates are often used very badly and result in unhappy, stressed dogs 🙁

Here’s my advice should you want to use a crate your dog at any point.

2. Recommended Reading: “I’ll Be Home Soon!” by Patricia McConnell

This 36 page read is a practical guide to help you understand why your dog is distressed and what you can do about it.

3. Recommended Reading: “Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs” by Malena DeMartini-Price

This 175 page read is a more in-depth guide to understanding separation anxiety, and features stories of real-life cases for readers to identify with.

Today I’m grateful for such excellent resources available to those people struggling with separation distress or anxiety in their dogs.

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