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Reduce separation anxiety and help your dog relax at home alone by providing toys, treats, and a comfortable space. Consider gradual desensitization too.

Help your dog relax at home alone

Be Patient

Give your dog time to adjust to a new home and people. Positive exposure to new situations is important.

Set clear boundaries.

Set boundaries and enforce them from the start, such as keeping your dog off the couch or bed.

Reward good behavior to motivate your dog. Use treats, walks, praise, etc. Notice and reward good behaviors instead of only noticing "mistakes".

Reward behaviors you want

Provide Necessary Enrichment

Enrich your dog's environment with appropriate bedding, toys, and interactions for comfort and well-being. Choose durable toys to ensure safety.

Get into training ASAP.

Train your dog to become a well-behaved family pet. Look for nearby training courses that fit your style and needs.

Supervise pet interactions, teach children to behave around dogs, and consider individual needs. Older or disabled dogs may need extra attention.

Introducing new dogs to children and other pets

Transition to New Food or Diet

For a healthy dog, feed a complete and balanced diet. Transition to a new diet slowly over 1-2 weeks to avoid stomach issues. Consult with your vet for dietary advice.

Physical and Mental Exercise Are Key

Dogs need exercise for their physical and mental well-being. Walking and puzzle toys can help. Consult with your vet for exercise recommendations based on your dog's breed, age, and other factors.

If your dog has an accident in the house, don't scold them. Catch them in the act and say "No." Take them outside to finish and praise them when they go to the right place.

Only discipline during the bad act.