Training a dog to tolerate your departure, also known as addressing separation anxiety, can be a gradual process. Here are some important tips to help with this training:

  1. Start Gradually: Begin by leaving your dog alone for short periods and gradually increase the duration as they become more comfortable.
  2. Establish a Routine: Create a consistent routine for leaving and returning. Dogs thrive on predictability, and a consistent routine helps reduce anxiety.
  3. Practice “Alone” Time: Encourage your dog to spend time alone in a separate room or crate while you are still at home. This helps them get used to being alone without associating it with your departure.
  4. Use Positive Reinforcement: Reward your dog with treats or praise when they exhibit calm behavior during your departures and returns. Positive reinforcement helps create positive associations.
  5. Ignore Attention-Seeking Behavior: When leaving or returning, avoid making a big fuss. Ignore attention-seeking behavior for a few minutes to teach your dog that departures and arrivals are not high-stress events.
  6. Provide Enrichment: Leave your dog with toys, puzzles, or other enrichment activities to keep them mentally stimulated and occupied while you are away.
  7. Desensitize Cues: Pick up keys, put on your coat, or perform other departure cues without actually leaving. This helps desensitize your dog to these cues, making them less anxious.
  8. Consider Comfort Items: Provide your dog with comfort items such as a favorite blanket or toy. Having familiar items can provide a sense of security.
  9. Use Calming Products: Some dogs may benefit from the use of calming products, such as pheromone diffusers or calming sprays, to create a more relaxed environment.
  10. Consult a Professional: If your dog’s separation anxiety is severe, consider seeking the help of a professional dog trainer or behaviorist for personalized guidance.

Remember, every dog is unique, and the pace of training may vary. Patience and consistency are key components of successfully training your dog to tolerate your departures. If you encounter challenges, seeking advice from a professional can be beneficial.