Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

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A puppy that runs away when you approach may end up in the middle of the road, or lost, with no way to find his way home. Until you are confident your puppy will come to you immediately when you call, he needs to be on a leash when he is outside. Once your puppy comes reliably when attached to a long lead, it is time to challenge him a bit.
If your puppy is coming when you call but likes to dawdle, or he stands and looks at you before deciding whether he should come or not, playing recall games may be all it takes to speed him up.


The challenge with teaching your puppy to have a reliable recall is that many puppies view it as a game and will run away, hoping for a round of tag.
A leash allows you to reinforce the fact that he needs to come to you when you call, not ignore you or run away.
Call your puppy, then take off running in the opposite direction or collapse on the ground and make sad, crying noises. Each time he comes, whether he comes on his own or after you tug at the leash, praise him and reward him with a treat.


Once your puppy has learned the basic idea of coming when called, attach a longer tracking lead or piece of clothesline to his collar so he can roam further away before you call him. If you call him repeatedly without reinforcing the need for him to pay attention and come, he will learn he can ignore you.



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