Coping with Cavoodle Separation Anxiety

Cute Cavoodle Pup

Leaving your furry friend can be a little stressful however if you do it right and right from the start, you and your puppy will experience less separation anxiety.

We’ve learned that dealing when it came to leaving Polly, we needed to be patient and understanding and that a gradual approach worked best.

It also helps to remember that Cavoodles thrive on companionship and close bonds with their owners and being left alone, could potentially cause distress and behaviors such as excessive barking, destructive chewing, or house soiling.

So in this article, we’ll explore effective strategies to cope with Cavoodle separation anxiety, promoting a happier and calmer experience for both you and your pup.

Gradual Departures:

Start by getting your Cavoodle used to your leaving. Begin with short periods of separation and gradually increase the time as your dog becomes more comfortable. You could start by stepping out of the house for just a few minutes and gradually extend the duration over several days or weeks. This gradual approach helps your Cavoodle build confidence and trust that you’ll always return.

Establish a Routine:

Create a consistent daily routine for your Cavoodle. Dogs thrive on predictability, and having a structured routine can help alleviate anxiety. Set specific times for feeding, exercise, playtime, and rest. By providing a routine, your Cavoodle will have a sense of security and know what to expect throughout the day.

Create a Safe Space:

This is something we’ve made sure to do for Polly when we know we’ll be out of the house longer than usual.

We’ll leave her in her favorite place (the couch with her blanket) and we leave the TV on. Apparently, ABC TV for Kids is the perfect station at a low volume.

And remember – always leave access to a bowl of water!

Their Favourite Toys:

Leaving your Cavoodle’s favorite toys is also a great idea as it will help keep them occupied, providing mental stimulation and distracting them from their anxiety. Toys that dispense treats or require problem-solving can help keep them entertained, making their time alone more enjoyable.

Positive Departure and Arrival:

Create positive associations with your departures and arrivals. Before leaving, engage in a calm and positive departure routine, avoiding long and emotional goodbyes. Offer a treat or a special toy that they only receive when you’re away. Similarly, when you return, greet your Cavoodle calmly and reward them for their patience and calm behavior. This helps your pup associate your departures and arrivals with positive experiences.

Check-in with your own behavior

Are you relaxed when leaving you’re Cavoodle, or are you stressed and anxious? Believe it or not, this will have an impact on the response from your puppy. So take a moment to honestly observe your behavior 😊

The friendly neighbor:

We usually like to get to know our neighbours and we feel it’s especially helpful as dog owners. We check in with our neighbours now and then to ask if they’ve heard any excessive Cavoodle barking and if so, to always let us know.

Dog-friendly cameras:

We’ve never done this but family and friends have. Setting up a camera allows you to talk to your furry friend when you’re not around. Hearing your voice can help calm them when left home alone.

Worth looking into!

Seek Professional Help if Needed:

If your Cavoodle’s separation anxiety persists or worsens despite your efforts, it may be beneficial to consult with a professional dog trainer or a vet who specializes in cavoodle behavior. They can provide personalized guidance, recommend additional strategies, and develop a comprehensive behavior modification plan tailored to your Cavoodle’s needs.

Conclusion:

Dealing with Cavoodle separation anxiety requires patience, consistency, and a gradual approach. By implementing strategies such as gradual departures, establishing a routine, creating a safe space, providing interactive toys, associating positive experiences with departures and arrivals, and seeking professional help if needed, you can help your Cavoodle feel more secure and reduce their anxiety when you’re away. Remember, each dog is unique, so it’s important to tailor these strategies to your Cavoodle’s specific needs. With time, patience, and understanding, you can help your furry friend overcome separation anxiety and enjoy.

HAPPY DAYS 🐶

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