• Separation from Pet Owner

    • Calming Collars
    • Calming Spray
    • Calming Diffuser

    Some pets become nervous or act out when their owner leaves. They dig and scratch at doors and windows, chew off-limit items, howl, bark and cry. Some otherwise housetrained pets will soil areas inside the house or target items of their owners. Sometimes these behaviors begin with agitation and distress when you prepare to leave.

    Some of the things that can cause a dog or cat to begin suffering from pet-owner separation include being left alone for the first time, especially if the animal is used to constant companionship. This might include a mom going back to work after the kids are in school or the loss of a family member or pet. Even time spent at a shelter or boarding kennel can do it.

    There are ways to help put your dog or cat at ease and help reduce the fear they feel when they are separated from you

    Pheromone Therapy

    Help your dog or cat adjust to time spent apart from you with the calming effects of a SENTRY® Calming Collar (dog, cat) or SENTRY® Calming Diffuser (dog, cat). These products hep reduce your pet’s overall stress with calming pheromones that mimic those produced by mother cats and dogs to calm their young.

    You might also want to try a few sprays of SENTRY® Calming Spray (dog, cat) in your pet’s kennel or bed when you leave as well. This helps increase his feelings of calm and security.

    Training Tips

    In addition to the pheromone technology, there are training suggestions that also target behavior change through positive reinforcement or redirecting your dog to more positive activities.

    • Keep activities surrounding the fearful situation low key — such as your departure and arrival.
    • Practice the activity or the events leading up to it, rewarding the dog or cat with a treat or toy.
    • Introduce treats that are given ONLY when you leave, then remove it when everything is back to normal.
    • Create a “safe” place where your pet can go like a kennel or carrier. Include an item of your clothing
    • Desensitize your pet through multiple sessions where you introduce a mild version of the fearful event such as leaving and coming back, gradually increasing the time you are away.
    • Practice keeping calm and confident during these activities as dogs and cats are very good at sensing and responding to human behavior, too.