Corgis are typically very social creatures and may become upset when left alone. The undesirable Corgi temperament that arises as a result of too much alone time is known as “separation anxiety”. This “separation anxiety” can manifest as prolonged barking or whining or become more destructive.
The Source of Corgi Separation Anxiety
More than likely you and your Corgi have developed a strong bond. You enjoy spending time together and she thrives on your love and attention. However, your Corgi should not become overly dependent on you thus overly agitated or upset when you are not around. Your absence should become accepted as part of your Corgi’s daily routine.
Unfortunately, the primary cause of our dog’s separation anxiety is a result of our actions. Upon leaving and returning home are times to avoid exuberant, excessive displays of affection. By giving your dog these levels of attention, he will only miss them more when you are gone. You need to make your exits and entrances as low-key as possible.
Reducing Corgi Separation Anxiety
Managing the ill Corgi temperament is quite simple. Here are a few of the easiest methods:
Change your Routine – Some dogs start to get anxious as soon as your alarm clock goes off. They have correlated this sound with the act of you leaving. Much as the way Pavlov conditioned his dog to salivate at the sound of a bell. If this is the case you may need to alter your morning routine. For example you could eat breakfast then shower or wake up at different times during the week. Any minor variation to your schedule will help reduce pre-leaving anxiety.
Do Not Reward It – When you exhibit heightened emotions when leaving or returning home you are reinforcing your Corgi’s separation anxiety. In order to reduce this anxiety you need to disassociate your comings and goings with your displays of affection. Wait 10-15 minutes before greeting your dog upon returning home. When you leave, a simple pat on the head or kiss will do. If they whine do not give in to their pleadings.
Trial Runs – If your dog becomes anxious as soon as you leave you can practice by leaving for shorter periods of time. First make sure your dog is confined to his crate or a single room then leave for a few seconds then come back. Then step out of sight but remain within earshot. As soon as they whine or bark, you must firmly command “No!” Then gradually increase the amount of time you are out of sight. Eventually your dog will begin to see your absences as part of their everyday routine.
It’s harder on you than on them
During this adjustment period, many dog owners feel they are being cruel when helping their dog cope with their anxiety. While it may seem that the solutions bring more distress to your dog, they are actually helping your dog relax and realize you do not have to be by him 24 hours a day. This also helps reinforce pack order and your status as the alpha. When your dog has reduced anxiety it is better for their entire health and well-being.
If you find that your dog has severe anxiety issues be sure to address the problem right away. It will probably take longer to resolve the behavior but persistence is key. Giving your dog a treat when you leave may help by keeping them occupied and associate your leaving with a pleasant experience.