How to Use Separation Anxiety Treatment -

How to Use Separation Anxiety Treatment

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When you think of a separation anxiety treatment, there are a lot of possible things that might come into your mind. However, it is important to understand that there are only two main options when it comes to desensitization. These two options are phobias and drugs. If you are looking to desensitize your dog or Puppy, then you will need to go with the type of treatment that involves either injections or an implanted microchip. In this article I will tell you how the different treatment methods work, and which one is best for your dog.

An Overview

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The first type of separation anxiety treatment that we are going to discuss is phobias. Phobias are very common, especially for dogs. There are even cases where people have lost their pet because they were afraid they would do what is called an “absence”. The common symptoms of a phobia is that your dog will become anxious if you leave them alone, or if they are separated from you. For dogs that suffer from separation anxiety, these symptoms are usually on a regular basis.

So now that we know what a separation anxiety disorder looks like, let’s look at a treatment plan. In order for a dog to successfully be desensitized, a long-term treatment plan needs to be implemented. It will usually involve multiple trips to the vet, and it may require the use of certain medications. Once your dog has been properly desensitized, you can then try to implement a behavior modification plan.

The Best Treatment

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When dealing with separation anxiety disorders, you will find that the behavior modification is not nearly as effective as the treatment plan. This is because some dogs will become anxious when they are left alone, but they will generally only become anxious during certain times of the day. Unfortunately, the treatment plan cannot address this issue. Instead, there are steps you can take to help your dog overcome their anxiety, without having to resort to medication.

Some people suffering from these disorders may choose to enroll in a mental health clinic. If this is the case for you, make sure to check out all the mental health facilities in your area. You should also consider enrolling in a wilderness program if you do have access to one. These programs will help to motivate you, as well as give you an opportunity to recover from your separation anxiety without putting too much pressure on your beloved pet. Your pet will also be able to go to therapy sessions during their recovery period.


If neither of the above recommendations is an option for you, or if you simply don’t want to enroll in a mental health clinic, then the next step is to try an over the counter conditioning treatment. Over the counter conditioning is a form of desensitization that can help to rewire your dog’s response to being alone. The most commonly used form of this treatment is called counterconditioning. Counterconditioning involves exposing your dog to a stimulus (like being left alone) in a certain circumstance later on. Most often, this is done by leaving the dog alone in its cage enclosure for 15 minutes.

While this procedure is relatively harmless, many owners still advocate using some form of preventative treatment. This includes offering your dog comfort and encouragement when it is separated from you. You can do this through offering food, treats, and other distractions to keep your dog company while it is learning how to cope with its new condition. When it is comfortable enough to venture outdoors, you can take your dog for a short walk. Gradually increasing the distance and time spent outdoors will also help your dog learn how to cope with its new condition.


To further alleviate your dog’s distress while it is lonely, it is important that you make going outside on your own a positive experience. To do this, try to take your pup for short walks in areas where there are a lot of distractions, like the beach or a park. By making going outside with you a pleasant experience, your dog will feel less threatened and more at ease. A simple clicker can also be used to reinforce your pup when it is successfully going outdoors. Your pup will learn to respond to the sound, which means it will know that when it is alone, it can expect a treat. Eventually, your dog will learn to go out on its own without your help.

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