Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

Personal protection puppy training
If you’re not going to allow your dog on the furniture, provide a bed with the right padding and warmth for his needs.
If the dog is an adult and new to your home, consider keeping a leash on him when teaching the dog to get off furniture in order to have good control. If you do this training right from the start, a puppy will never develop the habit of getting up on furniture. When a dog has already formed the habit of getting up on furniture, changing that behavior is more challenging than getting the desired habit from the start. Rooms with furniture that the dog likes to get on, such as bedrooms, the living room, and possibly family rooms can be gated off so that the dog can’t go in there without a human to supervise. Some people find that a Scat Mat (you can buy it through pet catalogs) will keep a dog off the sofa. Another solution some people use is to get a piece of furniture for the dog–the only one the dog is allowed to use. In an all-adult household where every family member happily welcomes the easy-tempered dog on furniture, it might seem unnecessary to keep the dog off the furniture.
Puppies should not be allowed on furniture until their adult temperaments become evident, either during or after puberty.
If there is anyone in the household who is fussy about dog hair on clothing, or you expect to entertain guests you wouldn’t want to offend by covering their clothes with dog hair, these are reasons to teach the dog to stay off furniture. Though you might not imagine your dog could ever have to adjust to a new home, it happens to the vast majority of dogs during their lives. I actually bought my dog a great bed, with egg-crate foam and everything, but she still loves to sleep at the end of the bed. When you are not home, do not allow him access to the restricted furniture, either by keeping him in his crate or keeping the doors to the room closed. When a dog jumps up on a couch, chair, table, bed, stairs (whatever it may be) and growls when you come near him, touch him, or protest when you ask him to get down, the dog is telling you he owns it. When your dog, at his own free will, jumps up on a couch, chair, table, stairs, whatever he is claiming as his own, you are reinforcing his dominant state of mind. Some very dominant dogs, particularly little dogs, just can't handle being on furniture without considering that as proof of their ownership of the space. You do not necessarily have to ban your dog from the couch for life, but you must communicate to your dog when he is allowed to come up onto YOUR couch and when he cannot. Place yourself wherever your dog is claiming as his, for example, sit down on the couch with your arms and legs stretched out, making yourself bigger and covering more area. If your dog jumps up on the couch while you are not sitting on it, take the dog by his collar and lead him off the furniture, with the same calm assertiveness. When your dog is willingly lying in his new lower spot that you chose for him (such as his dog bed or blanket), you can toss him a treat.
If you wish to have your dog up on the couch with you, and you feel like you have this problem under control, YOU may invite HIM up to YOUR spot. The number one way to communicate to a dog that you are his pack leader is to take him for a walk. When you leave the house or the room, even for a minute, ignore the dog for a few minutes upon your return. You should not lie on the floor to watch TV when the dog is around and no one should roll around the floor playing with the dog, as a human should never put himself in an equal or lesser height position than the dog. You are the one who greets newcomers first, the dog is the last to get attention (the pack leader is the one who greets newcomers and lets the rest know when it is safe to greet the newcomer). If a dog is lying in your path, do not walk around the dog, either make the dog move or step over the dog.
During the time you are establishing your higher pack position, no hugs should be given to the dog by you, as a dominant dog may consider this a challenge of power. Any attention given to the dog, including petting, should be given when the human decides attention is to be given (absolutely no petting when the dog nudges or paws you or your hand. Very dominant dogs that have a problem with growling should not be allowed to lie on your furniture, as the leader of the pack always gets the most comfortable spot. No tug-of-war, as this is a game of power and you may lose the game, giving the dog a reinforcement (in the dog's mind) of top dog. Small dogs or puppies that demand to be picked up or put down should not get what they want until they sit or do another acceptable quiet behavior.
Dogs should never be left unsupervised with children or anyone who cannot maintain leadership over the dog. To reinforce your position even more, you can make your dog lie down and stay there for 20 to 30 minutes a day.
By incorporating all these behaviors in his normal day your dog will realize that you, the human, are alpha over him and he is beneath you.
If you expect your Rottweiler to understand that they are not allowed on the furniture, it is important to always discourage this behavior. Your Rottweiler may like a particular piece of furniture for reasons other than just simply because it’s comfy. Your dog may also be getting on top of your furniture because, well, monkey see, monkey do. When you find your Rottweiler on your furniture, it is important to keep your cool, but also discourage this behavior.


When you have successfully removed them from the furniture, it is also important to direct them towards their comfort area.
Do not allow your Rottweiler on the furniture for any reason unless you want to continue allowing them access to your furniture. You may need to do some rearranging to keep your Rottweiler off the furniture that is in front of windows, especially ones outlooking your dog’s favorite focal points. Outdoor Activities for Rottweilers The Rottweiler is one of the oldest domestic dog breeds around. Read more:Dashing Out The DoorStop Your Rottweiler From Dashing Out Your Front Door Rottweilers are known for being very independant dogs. Some humans enjoy lounging around on the floor, but furniture in homes is certainly common and much used. Someone must supervise, just as you will be doing anyway for housetraining, and teach the dog to chew only dog toys, and not inappropriate items. It’s best not to touch the dog at all, other than to lift a puppy or small dog and place him gently on the floor.
People often arouse aggression in dogs by angrily ejecting them from furniture, which can both trigger defense drives in dogs and cause pain if the dog has an orthopedic problem. A head halter is an additional safeguard if the dog shows any tendency to react defensively.
Induce the dog to return to the floor while you simply hold the leash, keeping it slack, with no tension pulling against the dog.
You’re teaching the dog what you DO want, not scolding or punishing him for the behavior you do not want. Do this both when you have just cued the dog to go to the place, and also when you notice the dog has gone to that place without a cue. The dog will probably always have some tendency to get up on furniture when no one is around. Alternatively, the dog could be crated, but if getting on furniture is the only reason, gating off the areas gives the dog more room to move joints and exercise muscles, and can be healthier than crating. Turn the carpet runner upside down, so that the plastic points intended to grip the carpet are instead pointed up, making an uncomfortable surface for a dog. If this is the case, it can help to either block the dog’s view from the furniture, or provide a better view elsewhere. They could be formal ones, beautifully made, or just bed sheets, comforters, blankets, and so on, tossed over the sofa to keep it from picking up dog hair and dirt.
At that point, it will become clear that some of pups should NEVER be allowed on furniture, due to unsuitable temperament. If you do decide to allow your small dog on furniture, you’ll need to either teach the dog to wait to be lifted down, or provide a ramp and train the dog to use it consistently.
Young kids running up to beds startle dogs out of sleep and have their faces in exactly the right place for a bite to cause lifelong disfigurement. Teaching the dog to stay off furniture gives the dog a better chance of a future home being a permanent home, in the event that this ever happens. Give the dog another spot in the room to lie on that is his own, such as a dog bed, blanket, pillow, open box or an open crate. If your dog, however, is already displaying this alpha role of protecting, you must ban him until he accepts you as his pack leader.
There are very few dogs that actually want the alpha position, as the majority of puppies are not born leaders. Not the type of walk most humans take their dogs on but a pack walk, where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human who is holding the lead.
The children should give the dog commands at least once a day and reward with a treat when the command is followed. In the dog world the most comfortable place to sleep is reserved for the higher members of the pack. If your dog is experiencing separation anxiety, it may be a silly thing to do, but if you leave an old pair of your socks or an old shirt in their bed, they can have your smell in their special area, and this may relieve their anxiety, and make their bed seem more enticing.
The way your dog is going to look at it is, well, the couch is in front of the best view of the front of the house! Originating in Germany, the history of this beloved dog breed goes all the way back to 70 A.D. You can buy egg-crate foam intended for human mattress pads, cut it to the right size, and wrap it with an old sheet for a cool-seeking dog, or use an old blanket for a warmth-seeking dog. This means that everyone in the family has to cooperate in keeping the dog off the furniture. Orthopedic problems, both inherited and injury related, are so common in dogs that this is a frequent cause for a dog to react aggressively when forced to get up from a comfortable position and jump down to the floor. This approach will lead to everyone in the family eventually being able to remind the dog about furniture when necessary without risking a defensive reaction from the dog.
Use tiny treats, special chew toys, praise, petting, toys with food inside them, and other rewards your dog can enjoy while resting on the bed. You will need to keep the dog from having access to the furniture when you’re not supervising for quite some time, and possibly even for life.
This furniture has to be in the area of the house where the dog WANTS to be, not somewhere isolated from where the rest of the family hangs out.


It’s more humane to train a dog the way you want things to be later, right from the start. A dominant dog will often seek out high places to watch over his domain, claiming the place as his own. It's not that your dog cannot be up on the furniture, it just has to be on your terms, not his; YOU are the pack leader, not HIM. Dogs must always go through the doorways and up and down stairs after the humans, as the leader of the pack always goes first. Tell the children not to have staring contests with the dog, as if they avert or blink first, it will only reinforce, in the dog’s mind, that he is Top Dog.
If a dog is allowed to sleep on the bed, the dog must be invited up and not be allowed to push the humans out of the way. If you do decide to allow your dog on the furniture, you must be the one who decides when he is allowed up and you must be the one who decides when he is to get off, by inviting him up, and telling him to get down. You should be able to handle or remove any item at all times from the dog with no problems from the dog.
There needs to be an area in your home or in each of the rooms your dog has exposure to that is designated for their comfort where they can feel safe. If your Rottweiler begins showing signs of aggression when on the furniture, you may need to limit or possibly even ban them from that room.
This may cause your dog to become fearful, and you do not want them relieving themselves on your furniture because they are scared. For some dogs, you’ll need warmth for part of the year and coolness for part of the year. Just one uncooperative person can ruin the training and create a situation that is unfair to the dog. The place for it is near the family, which means that you might need several comfy resting places for the dog so that obeying you does not place the dog in social isolation. It’s even possible to teach a dog to wait for the sheet to be put on the furniture before getting up on it. A status such as this cannot just be given to someone, they have to earn that seat and your dog is, in his mind, earning it. A dog will see a stare-down as a challenge and if you avert your gaze first, your dog wins. The only member of the pack that gets perks is the alpha dog, and since we cannot allow our dogs to be alphas, we need to make sure we communicate to our dog that we humans are the leaders.
A dog must not be allowed to sniff or eliminate anywhere he wishes, but where you allow him. Your furniture is so inviting because it’s comfortable, so make sure you have a blanket or a pillow they can call their own to lay on and be happy and comfortable. As mentioned previously, it is essential to have an area where your dog can call it’s own, where they can feel warm, comfortable, and safe. If your dog is trying to prove their dominance by using the furniture, this behavior must be halted immediately. There is no other way to happily coexist with dogs than for all humans to assume this role. Keeping a blanket or pillow in each room your dog has access to can help prevent the desire to get on the furniture.
They will learn that getting up on the furniture does not get them praise, but laying in their bed will. If one of your dogs is not obeying, or is showing signs of dominance, you need to take control. The dog should be concentrating on following the human, not worrying about leading the way. He may have access to no chair, no couch, no furniture until all of his dominance issues are dealt with. It is important that you do not throw them off or shove them hard so they fall off the furniture. This will escalate your problem as it will make your dog feel an even stronger need to be your leader. Not only will this release built-up energy, but it will satisfy the dog's instinct to migrate which all dogs possess.
Dogs that have excess energy bottled up inside them and taht do not have their migration instinct met will develop various instability issues that most people mistake for being breed traits.
It is this weakness that triggers a dog to try and take over (for the good of the pack; the pack needs a strong leader).
Be consistent and strict with this rule and you will see a huge change in your dog’s behavior.
You, as the human, own the furniture, and you, as the human, will decide who can and cannot sit on it, and when.
When your dog calms down and waits patiently, (ears set back, head lowered even slightly, lying down is good if he is relaxed with his ears back, no signs of growling on his face) invite him to eat his food.



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