A two-year-old girl understands how to alleviate separation anxiety in her grandmother’s dog. After her grandmother leaves the house, the amazing toddler shows empathy for the upset dog and tries to comfort them.
‘Hi, don’t be sad,’ she says as she sits down next to the dog. She gently pets her, and the dog is calm and peaceful with her. The toddler is right at the dog’s eye level.
‘Grandma going to be right back, Lulu,’ she says calmly to the dog. Lulu enjoys her company as she continues to stroke her head and back. Lulu is constantly reassured by the toddler that grandma will return.
Then she pulls out the secret weapon and asks Lulu for a donut. She shows the dog a box of donuts and instructs Lulu to sit by holding up one small donut.
Later, while Lulu is in a dog stroller, she tries to put a band-aid on her head. All the while, the dog appears to enjoy the toddler’s company and attention.
When their owners leave for any length of time, dogs can experience separation anxiety. This is especially true if the dog is overly attached to the owner. They become extremely anxious when separated from their owners and exhibit distress behaviors such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling.
Owners can assist dogs by leaving clothes that smell like them behind. When they go, they can give their dog a treat to distract them from their anxiety. Owners can also have this adorable toddler come to their home and talk and play with their dog to keep them calm! It was effective for Lulu.