What does your dog do at home alone while you’re gone? The first time you decide to leave your dog home alone, are you afraid of what you’ll come home to?
I’ll never forget the first time I tried leaving my schnauzer, Cash, home alone. He had been with me a couple of weeks and he had been so quiet and well behaved all the time I decided to give it a try. It was a Sunday morning and I went off to church thinking everything would be fine. But when I got back home and walked in the door I was shocked to find a blizzard of shredded newspapers strewn all over the living room. It looked like someone had a party and threw confetti everywhere. Needless to say, I didn’t get to read my Sunday paper that weekend.
Maybe you know the feeling. In fact, you walk into your house and it’s probably quiet, no dog in sight, but the evidence of destruction is everywhere. Perhaps you live in an apartment and you find a note on your door complaining about your dog’s incessant barking every time you leave the house. Now you have a warning, either fix the problem ASAP or face a possible fine or eviction.
But you love your dog and can’t imagine living without her, and she behaves like a perfect little angel whenever you are home with her. The bad stuff only happens whenever you leave her home alone. So what’s a person to do?
Take heart, I have good news. This is a fairly common problem that is not as complicated to sort out as you might think. In fact, it’s one of the most common behavioral problems that dog owners face.
Let me tell you why it happens and this great website where you can easily learn how to stop this behavior quickly yet gently. If you are anxious to learn about it right away, go to The Online Dog Trainer and get started right away. You can even take advantage of a $1 trial offer that gives you 3 days to look everything over and decide if this site is right for you and your dog.
Why is my dog barking and being so destructive whenever I leave?
Let’s take a look at this analogy: Say you have a 2-year-old child. Your main job as a parent is to take care of and protect your child, right? But imagine if you child was locked outside of the house and you were locked inside. What would you do in that case? Relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a good book? No, I didn’t think so. You would be extremely upset, trying to figure out a way to get out of the house and get to your child to protect him. Of course, you would be extremely stressed out and not able to relax.
Well that’s how you dog feels when you leave her home alone, especially if she thinks she is the Pack Leader and it’s her job to protect you. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Your dog is stressed out when you leave because she is stuck inside all alone. She becomes worried, unhappy and very restless because she’s not able to protect you.
That stress needs an outlet in some way, which is why your dog will bark, become hyperactive and start being destructive. Chewing up stuff actually releases endorphins which can help your dog to calm down.
So what is the answer?
Something that I’ve talked about before…YOU must become the Pack leader so that your dog can be happy and not stressed out every time you leave.
Here is an article about becoming the pack leader where I’ve explained before what this means and the best way to go about it.
Doggy Dan does a wonderful job of teaching you how to become the pack leader. His method uses 5 very power principles that he refers to as the 5 Golden Rules, to be sure that your dog understands that YOU are the pack leader and you can come and go as you please. Dan’s methods are gentle and kind because he understands so well how to work with a dog’s true nature. Another bonus of learning this method is that it also helps to stop unwanted barking when your dog is left home alone.
If you are feeling desperate to stop your dog’s destructive behavior and barking when left home alone, then look no further than The Online Dog Trainer for the best answers and solutions to achieving the results that you desire for your dog.
If you have any questions about becoming the pack leader, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP.