Dog Training For the Anxious Dog

Dogs can go through several kinds of anxiety types. For example, they can experience separation anxiety, which is the fear of being left alone. Some dogs go through generalized anxiety, or having fear of the unknown, where you’ll notice them panting, pacing and crying. This is a common anxious feeling that humans experience as well. Below are some tips:



Separation anxiety questions to see if your dog truly has it:

  • Do you find that your dog hates to be left alone?
  • Does your dog get frantic to see you when they’re left outside?
  • Are you unable to leave your dog in another room alone?

Separation anxiety is where your dog gets frantic when left alone, even for short periods of time.

If you’re searching for “dog training near me” look no further than Sally Said So. Our dog training classes in Asheville will show you how to wean your dog from constant attention by limiting physical contact. We show you how to work with your dog so that they must earn your attention. Slowly teach your dog to sit happily across the room from you.



As an important part of anxiety dog training, you can teach your dog how to relax alone by simply leaving them in a room alone where they are distracted yet comfortable. You can offer them a puzzle or toy to distract them from you leaving the room. Go back into the room after a few minutes with your dog for a couple minutes. Refrain from entering the room if your dog is scratching or whining at the door. Start out with just a couple of minutes and cut the time you’re away from the room if necessary.

It’s important that owners crate train their dog so they can remain in a confined and safe place while you’re away. Your dog should be relaxed and feel safe. Crate train by teaching your dog to stay in the crate when you’re present, while you come and go from the room several times.

Try not to make a big fuss over your dog when you come home, or leave. Ignore your dog until they’re calm then a quiet hello and a brief pat will do. Also, when you leave, don’t say good-bye or anything else – simply walk away. Practice this leaving routine without actually going anywhere. Pick up your purse, jacket, keys etc., and ignore your dog. Walk to the door and then turn and come directly back in, not paying any attention to your dog. Soon those visual cues will not have meaning, and your dog will not react to them.

You can do things so the house doesn’t feel so empty like leaving a radio or TV on. Classical music will be helpful. Dog training classes also improves your dog’s confidence, so call on Sally Said So when you’re ready!

Give it all time – whatever tips you receive just know results don’t happen overnight. It takes multiple weeks of consistency for your dog to learn a new behavior pattern and make it habitual. Several weeks invested in dog training will result in many happy years with your dog. Call Sally Said So today for dog training class in Asheville and beyond!


Dog Chews everything: Inappropriate chewing

Many dogs are inclined to chew, especially when they are little. Puppies want to explore the world with their mouths. Dogs between 6 and 12 months old are getting their adult teeth and chew to relieve the pain of teething and itching gums. Sally Said So offers the best puppy training in Asheville, so give us a call today! Adult dogs chew for many reasons such as boredom, loneliness or just because they enjoy it.

Teaching your dog to gnaw on the right items while stopping them from inflicting serious damage to your home can protect both your possessions and your dog.



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Take the item away as soon as you catch your dog in the act. Show them how to bring things to you and reward them for doing so. We recommend that you do not scream and chase your dog as it then becomes a game of keep-away. Instead, give them something they are permitted to chew. Make sure to praise your dog when they begin to chew on the appropriate toy.

While you’re away it’s likely that your dog will chew out of anxiety, and may choose the wrong item, like the couch or your kid’s homework. When you aren’t able to supervise their activity when you leave, keep your dog in a crate. Provide your dog with special chew treats that only they are allowed to enjoy in the crate.

Once the damage is done, there is no reason to punish your dog as the damage may have been done several hours ago, and your dog doesn’t know what you are so upset about. Your dog will learn that when you arrive home, you’re mad, and they’ll begin to feel guilty and start cowering even when they are innocent. Even if it is just lying by your side, make sure your dog gets plenty of time with you and ensure your dog gets enough exercise every day. Loneliness, boredom and excess energy are often the trigger destructive chewing. Keep a steady routine. Give your dog loads of appropriate chew toys so they don’t get bored of the same old toy.