You can follow these 3 simple steps to get your doggy to love Furbo! If it doesn’t work the first time, please keep trying:
My dog has one or more of the following reactions:
- My dog didn’t react to Furbo
- My dog was scared and ran away
- My dog ate the treats then ran away
Some dogs are more sensitive to sounds than others. We recommend you to create a custom recorded Snacks Call (chirping sound) on Furbo. You can go to Set your personalized Snack Call for the instructions.
BUT: My dog waited until I got home to eat the treats.
This may indicate your dog has separation anxiety (Learn more about separation anxiety) Furbo can be a great tool for assessing if your dog is showing signs of separation anxiety. The first 15 minutes after leaving the house can be the most telling. Observe your pup on Furbo to look for pacing, crying, howling or other signs. If you think your dog has separation anxiety, try only tossing treats when you’re home for the first 2 weeks to help build a happy and positive association with Furbo and treat tossing.
Of course, this doesn’t always mean your dog has separation anxiety. He/she might be busy guarding the home while you are gone, so he doesn’t care much about treats, and will only wait until you are home when he/she feels safe. But you can always try switching to other treats.
How do I know if my dog has separation anxiety?
There are many symptoms of separation anxiety, the most common behaviors are excessive barking, howling, and whining, destructiveness such as chewing, digging around doors or windows, urinating and defecating, refusing to eat, panting, drooling, and trembling.
If your dog has any of the symptoms mentioned above, there are a few things you could try:
- Leaving the TV or music on may help, this provides familiar background noise for them to feel secure and dampens outside noises that may frighten your dog. It is also scientifically proven that music and white noise could help calm your dog. So it is always nice to have music on for them.
- Leave one of your shirts around for your dog. Your scent on the shirt could help calm your dog.
- Don’t make a fuss when leaving the house. Create a morning routine that leaves your dog feeling calm right before you step out.
- Leave interactive toys for your dog to entertain herself while you are away.