Message Us

Is it Separation Anxiety or "Please Don't Put Me in My Crate"? How to Tell The Difference!

The term separation anxiety is often a mislabeling term used in describing a dog that has not been properly taught how to handle being alone.

Is it Separation Anxiety or "Please Don't Put Me in My Crate"? How to Tell The Difference! The behavior of a dog that does not like being left alone include, whining, barking, howling, digging, destruction, and just plain upset when they are left. Let's face it, if you're home, WHY can't they be with you right? Actually no, we encourage what we call controlled separation to help a dog develop coding skills in their crate. I tell my clients that a dog has to be "taught" to handle being alone. The best way to do this is to put your dog in a crate for small increments of time while you are still at home, just like a child that does not want to nap, you will have to ignore the upset in order to get past the problem. When the dog has settled down and yes it really can be 15-45 minutes the first time or two, go back and reward them with love and affection, a treat, and let them out. IF you go back while they are barking, the next time they will bark even longer.

Some things I like to do for mild separation issues:

  • Try using Valerian Root or herbal anxiety drops made specifically for dogs.
  • Cover the crate to help settle the dog down
  • Have a talk radio station or new channel playing.
  • Purchase an anxiety wrap and put it on before they go into the crate, never leave home with the dog wearing this.
  • Put the dog in the crate when you feel they are tired.
  • Feed your dog their meals in the crate.
  • Give them some high value chew in their crate.
When I hear of a dog that has become a danger to himself, trying to jump out of windows, getting sore or bloody feet from digging at the crate, or mouth sores or broken teeth from trying to bite out of the crate, that is what I consider true separation anxiety. At that point I refer them to a certified veterinary behaviorist (they have a medical degree NOT a trainer that says they do behavior modification) who can assess the issue and prescribe medication to help the dog get through the anxiety. You can't tell someone that is afraid of heights to just "get over it" nor can you stop that level of stress in a dog without help, often times an anti-anxiety medication. s it Separation Anxiety and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers

jean owenJean Owen

  • Owner of NJ Fix My Dog. An In-home and Boot Camp dog training company.
  • Training/Behavioral Director for The K9 Campus (2003-2007).
  • Training/Behavioral Director for Morris Animal Inn (2007-2008)
  • Nationally ranked Agility and Obedience competitor since 1997.
  • 36 years of hands on experience.
  • Guest speaker for APDT - American Pet Dog Trainer's Assoc conference (2001, 2002, 2010).
  • President of an off leash dog park in lower NYC (1996-2002).
  • Therapy dog team for WTC Crisis Center (10/1/01 "“ 1/18/02).
  • National TV Appearances:
    1. Animal Planet
    2. The David Letterman Show
    3. Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
    4. The Today Show
    5. Good Morning America
    6. Conan O'brien
    7. Arsenio Hall
Jean believes in a balanced approach to training which means showing the dog what is and is not acceptable behavior and then teaching the owner how to reinforce those life rules in a way that the dog can easily understand. If you would like to read more about Jean or her dogs, please go to www.NjFixmydog.com

 
Marketing by

Reviews From 4Knines Customers VIEW MORE »

The best evaluations of our products come from the people who’ve bought them.

Why Did I Wait So Long?

I should have bought these years ago. Easy to use, easy to clean, and tons of headaches saved in trying to keep a blanket or covering on the car seat when taking the dogs on the trails, camping, etc. Highly recommend.

READ MORE »
Kathleen B.

Second Cargo Cover!

This is our second cargo cover for a new car! Our first cargo cover is 3 years old and still in excellent shape!

READ MORE »
Kenny G.

Love these seat covers.

Love these seat covers.

READ MORE »
Dina B.

Terrific product at a great price

I am beyond pleased with everything about my new 4Knines split rear back seat cover! The fabric is soft and attractive. The fit in my 2018 CR-V is perfect. Dirt just brushes off it, and water beads and wipes right off. It couldn't easier to put on and take off. This is a wonderful product at a great price.

READ MORE »
Donna D.

Excellence

We purchased seat covers, door covers and cargo area cover for our Honda Odyssey. Prompt service, fair prices and great quality. Overall a great company to do business with.

READ MORE »
James M.

XL Back seat bench cover

Love our new purchase from 4Knines. We were looking for a back seat cover that would fit our new 2017 F250 crew cab and this one fits perfect. Highly recommend for those wishing to maintain their seats. The material is excellent quality and it’s quick and easy to put on and take off. We also have the bucket seat covers from this company for our 2015 Yukon Denali and have gotten a lot of use out of them over the last couple of years and they are still in excellent condition and so are our seats. Thanks 4Knines for a great product!

READ MORE »
Amy T.

great product, sturdy, XL great fit for new 4Runner, cleans easy

I was worried this product might not hold up since one I recently purchased from another company ripped w/in 2 weeks from my 30lb Aussie pulling on it when trying to get into the back. I have been extremely pleased with the XL cargo liner. The straps are much more durable with more stitching and better fabric. I have a 50 lb Border Collie mix and 30 lb Aussie. They have already put the liner to the test!!! I have used it numerous times in the short 2 weeks I have had it. The XL was a great choice for my new 2017 4Runner. It allows me to strap to the front headrests and protect the whole back of the SUV. The skirt protects the bumper. It is too long when I only strap to the middle seats but I just fold under the extra fabric and still have the skirt. I use the full length most of the time and reason I got the XL. The fabric is sturdy and protected the back when the dogs spilled water. So far I have used it to haul bags of topsoil, go on a camping trip and visit family. I purchased the liner mainly to protect the back b/c we have flyball practice every week and tournaments every month. That's a lot of in/out for equipment, doggies and crates. I was very glad to see the edges fold up to protect the wheel wells. I am extremely pleased with this product and sorry I wasted money on my first purchase from other company. I have already recommended the liner to fellow flyball teammates. Shipping was great also. I ordered on a Sunday and it arrived Sat. So far I have just swept the dirt off and used a shop vac. Cleans up well and easy.

READ MORE »
Kim W.

Awesome!!

Great quality! Absolutely love it!

READ MORE »
Lisa M.

4Knines.com

For all general inquiries, please call or email us
Phone: 888.602.2509
Email: support@4Knines.com

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Nothing but the best for your best friend!
© 4Knines. 2017. All rights reserved | Terms | Privacy