You arrive home from work to a crazy, spinning, whirlwind of energy. Your pup is wild with anticipation and your family feels like it’s been dragged out of its mind. Suddenly, you hear a major event round the bend – perhaps a sigh, a sound of thunder or someone banging on the wall. Oh no, you think, my pup and I just had a rough couple of hours. You quickly wrap you arms around your dog and try to calm him down which is sort of like comforting a person in a major disaster. The idea that people with this much emotion can be so surrounds by emotion is scary.
Like babies, some pets become so accustomed to being with their mommies that when left alone, they fret and often cry until their owner return. If mother and father are not around when the pup is young, the pup gets used to replacing them with an adult. They quickly bond with this new person and desire to be close to them.
This is called separation anxiety. While some dogs have a mild case, others can have a severe case that could require a dog therapeutic service. This doesn’t sound like a good option.
We’ve all heard the parlor ads for animals that could be safely left in a room with a television or radio playing softly. The dog becomes so accustomed to this soft sound, but then suddenly when the human tries to leave, the sound becomes too much to bear. That’s when the dog gets walked out the door, tied up, ignored and probably frightened.
Fortunately, there is a better way to do things. One way to prevent separation anxiety in your dog is to instead use a type of ” 1983’s video technology.” Yes that video game you grew up playing on your Super modifiers or preferably with that floppy disks you still have to this day. technology that allows the human and pet to be apart, yet still be “alone together.”
In the video, a man and his dark colored lab go to a place that is inconspicuous and quiet. The man is watching a video on his interactions with his pet while he is watching the television. As the video comes on, the man notes that his dog has aged and cannot keep up with his command to stay with him. The dog’s eyes go from bouncy and energetic to dull and expectant, as if he’s waiting for the man to try again. As the video goes to a close up shot of the man and his now subdued dog, you can tell how uncomfortable the man is with this situation. The dog’s body language is also beginning to show signs of frustration as if he’s thinking “come on, let’s go. I’ve got too much to do.”
The man attempts to make his escape but to no avail. The video then takes a close up shot of the man and his dog as they confront each other. It’s not only the physical action that troubles the man but the way his mind is working. The more he tries, the more his dog seems to burden him. To no avail, as his dog just seems to get worse, woes increase. As the man is increasingly frustrated, so does his frustration at his dog. And it seems that increasingly, the dog is not helping either.
The frustrated man finally decides to take matters into his own hands. He cuts his own throat. In self-defense, he then slices his own throat open. And he becomes very angry, as if to say, “Hey, you’re not going to tell me how to fix this? I’ll just take it easy, y’know.” And off they both go.
The dog does not die but is escapes and finds help. With his new found freedom, he finds he can be more independent. He also finds that he can do things for himself… like watching the television…
I hasten to add that while cutting your pet’s throat, don’t do so with any type of saw or sharp object. You need to ensure that you don’t make any noise as you go through the actions, that you don’t stretch out the snake-like limbs, make any sound, etc…
And, don’t save the snakes after they are dead. The snakes can re-establish a connection with even the driest of your hand, especially if it’s not punctured or injured.
The mind must be made to follow a pattern in order to prevent it from becoming anxious. There are other methods you can use as well, but I’m not going to detail them here.
Common sense? You’d think that common sense is what I’m speaking of.
This, however, is very hard to do. And it is not easy for the average layperson, mentally or physically, to carry out.
Try to harness the body language of those around you.