Hi, I’m Linda from Cause and Effect Dog Training.

We’re going to have a look in this video about codependency, what that is, the pitfalls that can result from it, and how we go about preventing it.

When we first get our puppy, we tend to want to spend a lot of time with him. Many people will take holidays or have time off work, so they can spend all their time with their puppy. And that’s great, but your puppy needs to learn how to be independent. An independent dog is a happy dog. It’s a much more calm and balanced dog and it can enjoy its life a lot more.

When we first get a puppy, to spend a little bit of time away from him, we do it gradually. In previous videos, we’ve covered crate training. That’s one way we can start getting a little space between us and our puppy. Just moving around the room so he can see you while in his crate is a great start. You can give him some treats for being nice and calm and watching you move around. From there, you can start doing other little things to create some space eg if you go into a room, say the toilet, for example. Your puppy comes, you close the door and leave him on the other side. You give him some food, so he can eat while you’re away. You’re only away for a very short time. And then, you open the door, and you go back out again. He’s starting to get used to having that separation from you, which is so, so important for him to understand.

It’s also important to note that if your puppy becomes too clingy and too dependent on you, he can develop anxiety and specifically separation anxiety. It’s also really important to understand that not all puppies will develop separation anxiety, even when they’re very, very much attached to their owner. There is a genetic component in that. What we are doing is building our puppy to be a balanced and resilient adult to be able to cope and fit in with our life style.