Would you believe me if I told you that there is such a thing as Dachshund anxiety issues? No? In fact Dachshund separation anxiety is a frequent problem. Sometimes it is a slight inconvenience, but other times it can be life changing for both you and your Dachshund. I used to think I would have to give away my Dachshund; I now know differently.
What Causes Separation Anxiety in Dachshunds?
Dachshunds form tight bonds and relationships with members of their pack. Dachshund separation anxiety can be triggered if they are left alone and believe they have been expelled from the pack or conversely, if your Dachshund sees themselves as pack leader and believes you left without their permission. In both situations your lack of leadership of the pack is the issue. It is important that you demonstrate you are the alpha member and will return to the pack without fail. Once you are perceived as leader you may discover your Dachshund separation anxiety quickly resolves.
Some Dachshunds become anxious when they think you are going to leave. them Simply stroking your Dachshund as you leave your house to go to work may result in significant Dachshund anxiety. If you have the exact same routine day in and day out, you may find that your Dachshund separation anxiety becomes worse.
Dachshunds are intelligent dogs. If they become bored or have insufficient exercise, they can become destructive as they are entertaining themselves. This is not Dachshund separation anxiety.
Addressing Dachshund Separation Anxiety
Four simple methods to decrease Dachshund anxiety:
1. Start Gradually.
If you have a problem with severe Dachshund anxiety that begins when you leave, you have to initially decrease the time you are gone. Simply go out of the door, wait a few minutes, then return, remembering not to pay any attention to your Dachshund. As your Dachshund becomes less anxious you can increase the length of time you are away. Your Dachshund quickly learns that you will be returning and their anxiety decreases.
2. Change Routines.
If you have a routine and notice your Dachshund getting anxious think about changing your routine. This may involve getting up at slightly different times, taking a shower at night and leaving the house at different times. Even minor alterations in your routine can have a dramatic effect on your Dachshunds separation anxiety.
Be sure to walk your Dachshund at a brisk pace for at least 20 minutes, twice a day. A Dachshund that is worn out after a walk will probably sleep most of the time you are out. When you come home, just go about your regular routine for 10 - 20 minutes. Only after that time should you pay attention to your Dachshund.
4. Do Not Reinforce Dachshund Separation Anxiety.
Paying attention to your Dachshund as you leave or enter the house can make their anxiety worse. Make a point of ignoring them as you leave the house, and when you return don't pay them any attention for 10 - 15 minutes, just go about your business. Doing this breaks the link your Dachshund has made between getting attention and you leaving or returning
Doing What is Right For Your Dachshund
Some people believe that this technique is cruel. This is untrue. Part of Dachshund ownership is making sure that your dog gets what it needs, be it food, exercise or medical treatment. This may not be what they demand. Being a strong alpha leader and demonstrating that you always return to the pack reducedDachshund separation anxiety. This is good both for your Dachshund and you.
About the Author
Katie Mills has rescued and rehabilitated dogs from shelters for 15 years, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others.