Whilst I appreciate now that once lockdown is over I am once again going to have to teach my dog how to get over separation anxiety, having already done it once I now know what the secret weapon is to do so. I have the guys at the All Creatures Veterinary Center to thankful their recommendation and this is a toy which became a complete game changer for my two Maltese dogs, who used to cause mayhem whenever I was out of the house.
I had tried so much to cure them of their separation anxiety from music to training, but nothing seemed to work. I was worried about the dogs and the damage which they were doing to the property but I was reluctant, and still am, to give them any kind of medication to keep them calm. I was pretty much at my whits end when this chew toy was recommended which they said would help, and it did.
The toy is a very simple cone shape which is made from tough rubber, and it has lots of pieces inside which act as blockers. These blockers are needed because you are going to be packing this little cone with treats, that can only fall out of one small hole. The idea here is that you pack the cone with treats and then as your dog plays and bites the toy, the treats will slowly begin to fall out, one by one.
The main reason for using a toy like this is to help the dog get over separation anxiety, which is an awful situation which will see your pooch going through a torrid time emotionally and could also result in you having to pay out for repairs all over the house. They say that the most important time for a dog, once you have gone, is that first 30 minutes to an hour, when they are trying to process you not being there, expecting you to come back any minute, which of course, you aren’t.
This toy however will help you to bridge that gap, it will help you to make your dog occupied during that important 30 minutes, and thus help them to deal with the anxiety easier.
Not only is this a great toy for your dog to play with for separation anxiety, it will also help them to strengthen their teeth and it is a great toy to encourage dogs who don’t usually play, to get involved with some fun. One of my dogs has never chased a stick or played with a ball in his life, yet when I introduced this chew toy, and he recognized that play meant instant rewards, he was chewing like his life depended on it.
This is a great toy which I would recommend to any dog owners out there, especially those who have dogs with separation anxiety.
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