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The more you make a fuss about saying hello or goodbye to your pup, the more anxious he’ll become—and unfortunately, many of his most destructive symptoms will play out when you’re not home to calm him down. The best thing to do? “Take your keys, say bye, and leave,” says Nicole Ellis, pet lifestyle expert at Rover.com. “The calmer you are leaving for the day, the calmer they’ll be.” (Here’s how to become your dog’s favorite family member.) When you get home, continue to keep it simple. Take off your shoes, say hello, and wait a few minutes before launching into playtime. Encourage the kids to do the same as well.
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Separation anxiety is real for kids and dogs alike. Your dog’s anxiety could be sparked by something as small as a family member being out of sight, or as monumental as a kid moving out of the house—and you could see it play out in a variety of ways. (These are the 13 astounding things your dog knows about you.) To fix it, you’ll want to make your dog as comfortable as possible while you’re out. Go on extra-long walks (which will tire him out for when he’s home alone), leave a toy to entertain him while you’re gone, and consider a training class to build up his confidence. More on that later.