Presence doesn’t mean access.
It’s sooo important, particularly with covid, that we practise things like this. If our dogs are near us 24/7 they learn that everything we do is important, through that they learn our absence is also important. It creates seperation related behaviours. And our dogs are generally stressed. Which stresses us!
This is a relatively simple thing we can practise. In the photo you may see Vader behind the baby gate. His in the hallway and we’re in the living room. Or him in the girls old pen, with his kong. His been chewing/licking it for half an hour at least.
You can see my eldest running around and his really not phased by any of it. He looks at them occasionally but then goes back to the kong. We let him out once his done or just after so he recognises it’s a good deal.
We started simple. The girls were made to be calm so he didn’t have distractions (wasn’t easy ) and we built up to this. But it wasn’t a linear trip. We still practise this in distraction free environment to increase the value in chewing on his kong