I have one dog that is a tad neutotic. He is a pretty submissive, kind of fearful little guy and he has developed a new behavior I need suggestions with:
When the people in my family put their shoes on to leave the house, he barks wildly at them. I'm the only one he does not do it to.
I'm guessing, from what I've observed, that it is some form of seperation anxiety, but we're at a loss as to what to do. I do wear shoes around the house to try and show him that shoes are o.k.,
, but no one else in the family does. I do give him treats whenever I leave, but I'm reluctant to suggest the other family members give him a treat when they leave, as he barks at them the whole time their putting their shoes on and I don't want to reinforce the behavior. He does get treats from them intermittently, though, if he didn't bark like crazy when they were putting their shoes on.