Leaving in the Right Way
The way that you leave can have an effect on how your Pug interprets your exit and what that means to him. This in turn, can affect how much Separation Anxiety he feels once you are gone.
Sometimes, owners become so worried about how their Pug is going to react, that they can tense up and not really know how to act before they go out the door.
Here are some tips:
Train your Pug to cope with short amounts of time home alone, working your way up to longer periods. Following ALL of the advice ahead, leave for varying amounts of time. Start off by following all the steps but arrive back 10 minutes later. The next time, let it be 20 minutes. Vary the times as much as you can.
After you've taken your Pug for a walk, fed him and have had some time to play allow him to follow you around while you get ready. The key is to act completely casual. Speak in a normal, relaxed tone of voice. Take note if you tend to become stressed yourself as your Pug will pick up on that. Also, it's not helpful to do the opposite and offer over-comforting words. If you speak to your Pug in a super soothing way, he'll interpret that to mean that something is indeed wrong.
About 10 minutes before you actually leave, place your Pug in his spot. Do this in a matter-of-fact manner and close the entrance. Let him see you move about the house as if nothing bad is about to happen.
When you leave, resist the urge to hug and kiss your Pug. It goes against human instinct - we know! However your Pug will cope better with Separation Anxiety if you 1- give him a toy. You'll want this to either be a new toy or one of his 'daily' toys that is filled with healthy treats
. 2- After saying 'Good boy/girl', you'll casually leave without making a fuss what-so-ever.
Don't turn around and offer comfort if you hear a whine or barking. You'll be taking steps to make sure your Pug is safe and comfortable. He may bark while you leave but with comforting toys, chews, possibly a window view and background music or TV playing, he may very well calm down once your down the road.