Doggie Daycare Solves Canine Separation Anxiety

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Doggie Daycare Solves Canine Separation Anxiety

Postby dogtrainers » Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:45 am

As dog trainers and pet care professionals, one of the most common complaints we hear from dog owners is revolves around what is commonly termed “separation anxiety.” And, while it is normal and even instinctual for a dog to be anxious about the break up of his or her pack (even when it is a pack of two), it is not normal or instinctual for a dog to be trapped in a home, apartment, or room for eight, ten or even twelve hours while their pack leader is at work. Dogs simply require more mental and physical stimulation.

Think about wolves or other animals who live in the wild. Is it natural for them to incessantly whine, whimper, howl, bark, or be unusually and persistently destructive to its surroundings? How many times have you seen pictures wolves chewing up random tree branches or destroying bushes by reducing them to chewed and shredded bits? Yet these are the types of things that many dog owners come home to each day. Many frustrated dog owners have grown tired of coming home to a mess created by destructive behavior from their loving four-legged companion. Problems like feces or urine from a potty trained dog, complaints from neighbors about whining or barking, and replacing destroyed carpeting, furniture, or door frames.

The simple fact is that it is not natural for a dog to be confined to an apartment or home, or even worse yet, a garage, laundry room, or bathroom. Unlike humans, dogs simple to not have the capability and mechanisms to dissipate their energy while you are gone. Dogs cannot provide their own mental and physical stimulation. They cannot think to pass time, read books, watch TV, make themselves a snack, or any of the myriad of ways that humans are able to pass the time if home alone.

If you have made the mistake of choosing a high energy breed of dog, but do not have the time or a plan in place for exercise and mental stimulation, it may be time to consider a doggie daycare provider to help provide for your dog while you are away at work.

A good doggie daycare provider will provide your dog with supervision throughout the day. This includes water, snacks, and appropriate place to both play and rest and most importantly, the opportunity for constant mental and physical stimulation. Many doggie day care providers create environments and programs that minimize problem behavior for most dogs. By providing an alternative to boredom, loneliness, and anxiety you will be able to go to work guilt free and with peace of mind. And, return to a clean and peaceful home with a happy tired dog at the end of the day.

In addition, your dog will become better socialized as a result of its regular interaction with other dogs. Taking your dog to a doggie day care provider helps to teach your dog social skills which help them to learn to be relaxed when meeting other dogs. Most dogs who attend doggie day care become well socialized and are comfortable in a pack setting. As a result they enjoy meeting other dogs while taking walks with you and are rarely overly aggressive to dogs that they meet in the street or at the local dog park.
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