Being away from your pet can be a tough time for everyone, and no one suffers more than your furry friend. After all, you may miss them while you’re gone, but they often aren’t able to understand that you’re ever even coming back. This is especially true for animals who might have been mistreated in the past, and many of them can end up having a great deal of anxiety about being away from you. Luckily, all hope is not lost. Here are a few things that you can do in order to help your furry friend deal with being away from you.

Training

One of the most effective ways to help dogs deal with separation anxiety is to train them to feel more comfortable being left alone. This does mean that you’re going to need to take time out of your life to provide that kind of training, but most pet owners are more than willing to put in the time for their faithful companion. Simple things like leaving the house for a short time then coming back and rewarding your dog for not barking or howling can be incredibly effective methods of training. Over time, your pooch will start to associate you leaving with anxiety less and less.

Boarding

Of course, if you’re going away for longer periods of time, say a matter of days or weeks, then leaving your dog on their own simply isn’t an option. Luckily there are plenty of dog boarding services out there that you can use. Many of them offer not only the best possible care for your dog but they also allow them to spend time in social spaces where they can interact with both dogs and people so that they’re less likely to end up getting lonely without you around them all of the time.

Distractions

Many people find that one of the best ways to prevent the kinds of issues that dogs left on their own can cause is to provide them with as many distractions as possible. Even simple things like leaving the TV or radio on for them, or giving them a toy to chew on can be incredibly effective. One of the best ways to keep a dog occupied is to put some peanut butter into a chew toy. That way they’ll not only play with the toy, but they’ll be occupied with trying to get the peanut butter out for a long time. With enough distractions, they probably won’t even notice that you’re gone!

Of course, if you really want to help your furry friend feel better, the best thing that you can do is to spend as much time with them as possible. Obviously, that’s not going to be an option for everyone, but there are plenty of people who are able to take their dogs with them when they go out, on vacation, or even while they’re at work! The key is to figure out which methods of helping your pet feel better work for you and don’t have a negative impact on your life as well as theirs.