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Mindful Moment with Mike: Preventing 'Separation Anxiety' for Dogs

Posted at 10:49 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 08:54:56-04

TULSA — While you're working from home you might be spending a lot of extra time with your dog.

It certainly can help you feel better, but there's a limit to how much time you should spend with them.

2 Works for You's Mike Brooks spoke to an animal expert.

There certainly is a limit to how much you should do with your dog right now.

Because being with them 24/7 can lead to something disastrous, I spoke with Amy Vaughan from Spirit Ranch Dog Training, right here in Tulsa, and we talked about "Separation Anxiety."

"It is where a dog has no identity without their owner. So for our doggie day care, we see dogs come in with separation anxiety all the time and we have to separate them for 30 minutes so they can calm down. Because their identity is made off of their owner. They don't know how to be without them. They react completely off of everything their owner does. We've seen dogs that don't even want to play unless their owners are around. When you have dogs like that, you want to give them self-soothing mental stimulation," Amy says. "Putting them in their crate keeping them to their consistent schedule, ignoring them, is not cruel. You are teaching them, just like we do with our children, how to be independent and how to be able to entertain themselves.So that's what you're doing, you're keeping them on track."

Amy says when you are crating your dog, use everlasting toys with food inside them to keep the dog entertained. You put them in the crate and leave them alone. She also likes bully sticks, but says some people think those can smell a bit.

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