Help your dog to be left alone

Help your dog to cope confidently on their own with our step-by-step guide to avoiding separation anxiety

Do you have a new puppy that hasn't often been left alone? Or you're returning to work after a period of lockdown? Carolyn Menteith, leading Trainer and Behaviourist, explains how help them adjust and avoid any stress or separation anxiety-related issues in our four-part guide.

Step 1 - assess your dog

First of all, it is crucial to assess your dog to check if they are already exhibiting any separation-related behaviours. Carolyn explains how to do this and what to look out for:

Step 2 - new routines

If your dog hasn't shown any separation-related behaviours explained in step one - you're ready to move on! Now you can begin introducing the new routines that your dog will need to adjust to...

Step 3 - webcams and baby gates

It's time to start building some independence and helping your dog see that they will be fine on their own.

Step 4 - building the time and support structures

And finally - it's time to leave your dog for a little longer, and organise a support structure to help.


If at any point you have any concerns about how your dog is behaving, always contact a reputable behaviourist for advice. Separation-related behaviours only get worse without the correct intervention from a professional, so always seek help. 

With a Kennel Club Pet Insurance policy, you can access the free Pet Health Helpline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The veterinary-trained team will advise on any concerns or queries that you may have over your pet’s health – much like the NHS 111 service for people. Call free on 03333 32 19 47.