Polish Lowland Sheepdog - pons - pon the dog
PON Piekarz Kennel, The Netherlands
Coping with Separation Anxiety in PONS
PONS are an emotionally strong breed, but they are also subject to
Separation Anxiety when major changes (leaving them alone for long
periods of time, change in environment, favorite humans depart for work/school,etc.)
take place in their lives. Separation Anxiety can manifest as barking
for hours on end, whining,scratching at the door, chewing inappropriate
items and medical symptoms such as lethargy or not eating well.
Owners can cope with this condition, by following these tips:
- Leave clothes with your scent on them around the house. That’s
- Make sure your dog can keep busy while you’re gone. “If you
can get a dog beyond the first 45 minutes after you’ve left,
you’ve solved most of the problem. Try giving your dog an empty
milk container without the lid, but with some of the milk residue
still inside it. Dogs will be attracted by the smell, then they find
out it makes a really neat noise and then they’re king of the
mountain. They can super-entertain themselves.
- If your dog is outside, hang an old bike tire, a bunch of dish
rags knotted together or a shoe from a tree so the dog can play with
- Have a pet sitter come over once in a while to spend time with the
dog, or try doggie daycare two or three times a week. That can be
really enjoyable !
- Put the radio on a talk station or leave your TV on while you’re
gone. “That noise muffles any other kinds of sounds the dog might
worry about and it’s just background. These sounds are comforting
and are the sounds they hear when humans are home.
help with Separation Anxiety:
Punishment isn't effective for treating separation anxiety and can
make the situation worse. The destruction and house soiling that often
occur with separation anxiety aren't your PON's revenge for being left
alone: they're part of a panic response.
- Another PON.
Getting your PON a companion usually doesn't help an anxious dog
because his anxiety is the result of his separation from you, not just
the result of being alone.
Your PON will still engage in anxiety responses inside a crate, and he
may urinate, defecate, howl, or even injure himself in an attempt to
Solving Separation Anxiety issues:
It can take time for your PON to unlearn his panic
response to your departures. To help you and your PON cope short term,
consider the following practical solutions:
- Ask your veterinarian about drug therapy. A good
anti-anxiety drug shouldn't sedate your PON but simply reduce his
- Take your PON to a doggie day care facility or kennel
when you have to be away.
- Leave your PON with a friend, family member, or
neighbor when you're away.
- Take your PON to work with you, if possible.
- New: Put a "thunder" shirt on your PON. I
know of situations where this has helped more than other
- GOOD LUCK !