Maltese Separation Anxiety

Does your Maltese get anxious or upset when left home alone?  Well they may have Maltese separation anxiety.

Maltese Separation AnxietyIs your Maltese happy to spend time at home alone?  Do they just play with toys and nap?  Well this is a great thing!  However, some Maltese’s are not so lucky and become really anxious when left home alone.  This is due to the fact that they are worried that their owners may never return.  This anxious behavior is called separation anxiety and can lead to destructive behavior including chewing, excessive barking and scratching.

Luckily there are ways that you can help your Maltese overcome their separation anxiety.  The below are just some of these reasons:

  • It’s important to not to give your Maltese lots of attention when leaving and returning to your home.  If you do hand out lots of attention before you leave then this can actually increase your Maltese’s separation anxiety.  Therefore try not to give your Maltese any attention for at least five minutes before you leave the house and do not give them any attention for at least five minutes on your return.
  • Distraction is a great way to help ease Maltese separation anxiety.  One way to distract your Maltese is to leave them with lots of toys to play with or even a yummy bone to chew.  Your Maltese will be so busy that they won’t have time to get anxious.
  • A simple way to help combat Maltese separation anxiety is to leave a radio on when you go out.  However, make sure you pick a radio station that has lots of talking.  The voices on the radio may help your Maltese not feel so alone.
  • Putting your Maltese in a crate can be a great way to help their separation anxiety. You may think that this is a little cruel but in the wild all dogs seek out a small, safe haven to call their own and a crate can be this safe place for your Maltese.  In fact, they may feel so safe in their very own crate that they may not get anxious when you leave them home alone.  So why not introduce some crate training and leave your Maltese in this crate when you go out on errands.
  • A lack of exercise can actually make your Maltese more anxious and stressed.  Therefore make sure you take your Maltese out for some daily exercise to help reduce their stress and anxiety.
  • If you find that you are unable to control your Maltese’s separation anxiety then you could look into getting some outside help.  A professional dog trainer might be able to offer you some further help and advice to get the situation under control.

Maltese separation anxiety is not a nice thing for your pet to have.  Therefore, it’s vital you take steps to control it as soon as possible.  So take the above Maltese separation anxiety tips and starting putting them into practice.  Remember – the happiness of your Maltese depends on it!

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