Helping your dog cope with separation anxiety

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- They may be man's best friend, but we still can't be with our dogs every hour of every day.

Sometimes that separation causes your dog some anxiety. But on Thursday's Good Morning Arizona, we talked to the lady known as the "Latchkey Dog Expert" for some tips about calming your pooch's panic.

Eileen Proctor says dogs can develop separation anxiety just like kids. "At the end of the day, being by themselves, these guys are left alone all day in front of the TV," she says. "They just don't know what to do! They act out. They do things that we consider bad.They rip up things. They howl, they poop, they pee indoors."

But there are some things we can do so our dogs won't be as anxious, and so we won't feel as guilty for leaving them. The first tip is to leave the house without making a big deal of it, and downplay your departure. "This is all about confidence for them," she says. "We have to build their confidence. Don't make a big deal about it."

Proctor explains why so many dogs suffer anxiety. "A lot of them are shelter dogs, and they were given up by their families," she says. "They don't know if you're ever coming back."

Other tips are to start slow, with five to ten minutes a day of separation. You can also give him some mental and physical activity before you leave for the day.

If you'd like to reach Top Dog Eileen Proctor, "The Latchkey Dog Expert", you can visit her website or call her at 602-867-3647.

Proctor will be appearing at the Phoenix Pet Expo this weekend with more advice for pet owners.

Phoenix Pet Expo
Saturday, April 20
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
America's Smoochiest Pooch Contest 10am - 6pm

Presentation by Top Dog Eileen Proctor: "Relief for the Latchkey Dog," 11:45am
For more information on the event, visit the website at