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You are late for a meeting, you want to leave your house fast, you put your clothes, your shoes, take your keys, maybe grab something to eat. Now, the whole time you are doing this your fluffy friend barks at you “don’t leave, don’t leave” in the most annoying way possible. When you are about to leave the door the little pomeranian starts spinning in circles. Have you asked yourself why they do that? How can I train them to stop doing that? Well, in short, they crave attention, and they want you to stay. They are anxious about being left alone. You can cure it quickly by following some simple rules and routings.
Why Is That Happening And How To Stop It?
There are several reasons why your dog might bark when you left him alone and are about to leave, some of them may be:
- They are bored
- They need to get some energy out
- They fear something.
- They are Anxious about being alone
In this article, I’m going to cover the most common problem. And that will be Separation Anxiety. If your dog is barking when he sees you are about to leave him alone and when you leave he just stops he is probably having separation anxiety.
Anxious From Being alone – Separation Anxiety
There are several reasons why your pomeranian is barking but one of the common ones is most likely separation anxiety. It’s a common condition that dogs have. It is probably caused because you or some persons who cared for the dog, showed him “leaving is bad”. How did he do that? He showed special treatment when he was about to leave and when he was back. So the dog figured “oh, so he comforted me because it’s bad that he leave”.
Comforting your dog or showing special treatment when you get back home is one of the reasons that cause separation anxiety.
Symptoms of separation anxiety
- Urinating and Defecating
- Barking and Howling
- Chewing, Digging, and Destruction
How to quickly cure separation Anxiety for Pomeranians?
Separation Anxiety can be cured easily with a few steps. But you need to be consistent and not break the pattern. Training a dog is all about patterns. You can do some things to help your dog overcome his separation anxiety.
The most obvious one to start with is to NOT care for your dog when you leave or come back home. You leave your house, don’t look at him, and don’t talk to him. Just act normal, like nothing special is happening. Same thing when you get back. You enter the home, don’t let him don’t look at him. Just act normal. This will teach your dog that there is nothing special when you leave or come back.
Try the “It’s boring to leave” Method
One thing you can try also is to do a “leaving routine” training. When you are home, try to leave for 1-2 min. Then when you come back act normal. Like nothing happened, don’t give him a treat or pet him. Act like it’s a boring thing to do (leaving and coming back). Try to do these a few days straight, this will have a better impact.
After doing this for a few days straight, increase the time you leave from 1-2 min to 2-4 or even 5 and then 10. You will see that over time your dog will act like leaving is a normal and boring thing like you are acting.
Breaking the Routine
You can also try to “break the routine ”. Remember the story I told you in the first paragraph? You put on your clothes, and your shoes, take your keys, and rush from the house. And Your little Pomeranian starts barking often when you start dressing or when you put on your socks. Because he “knows” your pattern. He understands you are about to leave him. So try breaking the routing. “Confuse” him. Try to take your keys, put on your socks, sit on the couch for a minute or two, put on your shirt, etc.
To summarise the rules of curing separation anxiety
- Teach him it’s ok and boring that you leave
- Start from small periods of being left alone and increase
- Don’t touch, talk or make eye contact when you leave or coming back
- Take your dog outside or just let him put out some energy
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