• Separation from Pet Owner

    • Calming Collars
    • 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 Technology

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

    Training Tips

    You want to know your cat and dog are okay while you’re away. There are many ways you can do this by helping your pet to unlearn his fear about your leaving.

    • Keep activities surrounding the fear-inducing 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 fear-causing 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.