How To Help A Pug With Separation Anxiety

lonely pug in rain

Hi, everyone. Let’s take a look at how to help a pug puppy with separation anxiety.

A Pug with separation anxiety often whimpers, barks or chews to handle the extreme fear of being left on their own. Separation anxiety is a common occurrence. It’s completely normal. It simply means that your dog misses and worries about you.

Pugs are adorable little companions. They love us so much, we think they tend to take our departures very personally.

The daily routine of leaving for work results is Percy moping and looking depressed.

He’s upset that his pals are going somewhere without him. You will have noticed that he’s perfected those sad pug puppy dog eyes!

There’s just something about dogs that makes you feel good. You come home, they’re thrilled to see you. They’re good for the ego.

Janet Schnellman

Many dog owners mistake Pug separation anxiety for bad behavior. The problem never gets properly corrected because they tend to punish them for exhibiting the symptoms.

Dogs often become restless, noisy, and even destructive when they are anxious.

Punishment is highly inappropriate when a dog is suffering from separation anxiety. You will just be trying to correct a behavior issue that isn’t present.

Seeing that most dog owners have to leave home to go to work not to mention trips to places where dogs are not permitted, figuring out how to help the dog cope is extremely important. Stress on a daily basis is a tremendously taxing experience for any Pug.

I often hear the unfortunate story of a dog owner arriving home to complete carnage? Holes dug in the backyard a ripped sofa, chewed carpets, nasty mess and destruction all over the place.

On top of that, your dog might whimper, cry, or howl for hours on end. This won’t make you popular with your neighbors. He may also urinate or defecate in inappropriate places, or chew up furniture or household items.

Very often it’s even more serious and you end up getting a letter in your mail box conveying that you have a week to fix the problem or face a $300 fine.

Boy! You’ve just gotta love your dog!

How To Know When Your Pug Has A Case Of Separation Anxiety

If you suspect any of the following when your dog is left at home alone, then your pug is probably suffering from a chronic case of separation anxiety.

Your dog becomes nervous when you are preparing to leave.A pug with separation anxiety may begin to follow you around or whine when you pick up your car keys.

Your dog may be whimpering or barking anxiously until your she is exhausted.

There may be destructive chewing as a way to cut frustration where absolutely nothing is off-limits

Panicky behavior may ensue. Some Pugs get so worked they become out of control. They may spin or pace frantically or resist being placed in their dog playpen.

How To Help A Pug With Separation Anxiety​

Here’s a few great tips on how to help a pug with separation anxiety.

1. Make lots of short trips so that your dog gets used to your coming and going. This way your dog begins to realize that you will always be coming back.

2. Your dog may get excessively excitable when you get home. A pug with separation anxiety might be jumping up, heavy panting, or even excitement urination.When you leave the house or when you come back keep it low-key. Long goodbyes tend to increase a dogs anxiety levels.

It’s Not Easy

A face like this is what pug owners look forward to at the end of a long day. It’s nice to know that you have an enthusiastic greeting waiting for you as soon as you walk in the door! Of course, it might have something to do with the fact that it’s almost dinner time.

3. Don’t leave your dog in his crate for long periods while you are away. This is likely to result in a lot of undue stress.

Pugs Can Get Claustrophobic

Let your Pug know that this is his ‘den’ and not necessarily a bad place that is only used when he is left home alone.

Leave the entrance to the exercise pen open when you’re home. Give him new toys when he is in his pen. Put his bed in there. Encourage him to sleep in it while the gate is open.

Get a box for his toys and put the bin in the playpen with your Pug. These dogs are more comfortable knowing their toys are secure and available.

4. A rushed morning environment can send your little friend into a state. A 30-minute brisk walk or some play will tire your doggy out. A brisk walk will let him lose some of that boundless negative energy.

“Dogs Have Given Us Their Absolute All. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ”

Roger A. Caras

5. As you leave the house give your pug an old t-shirt or article of clothing that you’ve recently slept in.

6. Leave a radio or TV playing in the background. This will help when your Pug feels all alone.

When you go out make sure that the dog has a water bowl or a dispenser that will not easily tip over. I have a Bergan Gourmet in my dog’s playpen so dog doesn’t have anything to worry about.

7. Get a family member or friend to pop in and spend some time with your dog during the day.

8. Medication can be helpful, for chronic separation anxiety. Some dogs get distraught by any separation from their pet parents. Most dogs need a combination of medication and behavior change.

Always consult your vet before giving your dog any type of medication for a behavior problem.

One Last Thing

Pugs are sociable animals so introducing another dog may well help to ease her anxiety.

“You leave the dog home, you worry what will happen to him when you’re out. You take the dog with you, you worry that something will happen to him when he’s alone in the car….

The solution, of course, is to keep the dog at your side twenty-four hours a day, every day. Then you worry that your constant presence is making the dog neurotically dependent, and besides, you can’t go anyplace that doesn’t allow dogs, so you can’t go to work or get your hair cut or go to the dentist.

And then, of course, you feel guilty because, after all, doesn’t your wonderful dog deserve a better owner than this poverty-stricken, shaggy-headed slob with decayed teeth?

Meanwhile, the dog doesn’t worry about anything. Why should he? That’s what he has you for, and for obvious reasons, he trusts you completely.”

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