Separation Anxiety in Golden Retriever Dogs: Managing Separation Anxiety”

Dog owner question

"Hi! My Golden Retriever is extremely anxious when I leave him home alone. How can I treat this separation anxiety?"

Answer from a dog psychologist

"Dear Enquirer!

Separation anxiety is a fairly common problem among dogs, especially in breeds such as the Golden Retriever, which are renowned for their loyalty and attachment to their owner.

Symptoms of separation anxiety can include increased restlessness, excessive howling or barking, chewing and vomiting, and defecating in the house when left alone.

This behaviour can cause distress to both the dog and the owner, but there are a few methods that can help relieve anxiety.

First, take it step by step to get your dog used to being alone!

Start with small time intervals, such as 5-10 minutes, and gradually increase the time. When your dog is calm, reward him with positive reinforcement for good behaviour.

Secondly, try to provide a safe, comfortable place for your dog to stay when you are away.

This could be a kennel, a separate room, or even a comfortable corner in the living room where your dog can relax and feel safe.

Thirdly, physical activity and mental activity are also key.

Golden Retrievers are active, intelligent dogs, and if they don't get enough exercise or exercise, their energy can turn to anxiety. Provide them with regular walks, play and learning!

If your separation anxiety is severe and the above methods are not effective, I recommend consulting a behaviourist or dog psychologist.

In severe cases, your vet may prescribe medication to treat the anxiety!

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Remember, every dog is unique and what works for one may not work for another. The most important thing is to be patient with your dog and invest time and effort in treating the problem.

Separation anxiety can be treated and your dog can be happy and calm again if he gets the help he needs.

I wish you good luck with your Golden Retriever! Thank you for your question!"