SEPARATION ANXIETY IN POMERANIAN DOGS (I) – TIPS
Because of its small size, because of our way of treating them/pampering them, Pomeranians have a tendency to suffer separation anxiety, which causes them a state of anguish, stress and depression, moments before their human leaves and while they remain alone at home.
If your dog suffers it, these reactions will not be unknown for you, but just in case we indicate that this anxiety is manifested in behavioral problems such as: barking, howling, moaning and all kinds of sound expressions; destruction of household objects, including doors and walls; and even pee, poop and vomit.
There are several causes for which a dog can suffer separation anxiety, as well as different ways of treating it. Do not forget that for all these cases, you should hand over a canine educator or behavioral therapist.
However, in this post we will only focus on the cause that we believe is the most common in small breed dogs, and especially in the Pomeranians: the hyperaffection. And, because of its size, we used to bring our Pomeranians out most of times with us, in the bag, in our arms … making them participants in our social activities, which is great, but at the same time is creating a human dependency.
What can we do to prevent our Pomeranian from suffering separation anxiety?
- Do not say goodbye to the dog when we leave home.
- Do not greet him/her effusively when we return home.
- Make gradual departures, increasing little by little the time he/she stays alone.
- Put it in a part of the house where he/she feels safe and where he/she can sleep and, if possible, where he/she doesn’t hear noise outside (“comfort zone”).
- Leave him/her with his/her favorite toys or even some of our clothes.
So far the theory. We are aware that the first two recommendations are very difficult to respect in practice. Do we tell you a secret? We don’t do it. What really work for Colette staying calm are toys, not just any toy, but those containing treats inside, greedy as she is ^_^ We give it to her in her “comfort zone” just before leaving home. This way we avoid that she stays barking, the only way in which Colette shows her anxiety to see us leave.
To avoid a too long post, we will talk in our next publication of which are specifically the toys that help Colette to fight against separation anxiety. Stay tuned!
Do your Pomeranians suffer separation anxiety?
We would like that you share your experience in the comments of this post. Thank you!