What is Separation Anxiety in Dogs?
“destructive or otherwise inappropriate behavior when an owner leaves the pet or is not in close proximity to it.”Basically, your fur-baby relies on you very heavily for guidance and approval and, unfortunately, doesn’t have the confidence to relax without you. You take such good care of your pup that he doesn’t know how to be a dog (or doesn’t realize he’s capable of being a dog) without you by his side.
Common Symptoms of Separation Anxiety
Urinating and Defecating
Barking and Howling
Chewing, Digging, and Destruction
Why Do Some Dogs Develop Separation Anxiety?
Change in Residence
Change in Household Membership
Change in Schedule
Change in Guardian/Caretaker
Medical Problems to Rule Out Before Declaring Separation Anxiety
What else might cause symptoms that look like separation anxiety?
Incontinence Caused by Medical Issues
Non-Medical Issues to Rule Out Before Declaring Separation Anxiety
Submission Urination or Excitement Urination
Incomplete House Training
Excessive Barking, Howling, and Whimpering
How To Find Your Dog’s Threshold For Separation
If he’s completely relaxed and comfortable:
- Soft eyes
- Droopy or loose ears
- Sitting or lying down
- Ignoring your actions
If he’s nervous but holding it together:
- Following you around
- Watching your actions
- Larger, harder eyes
- Possible white of eyes showing
- Tense muscles
If he’s freaking out:
- Bark or whining
- Trembling or shaking
- Chewing or digging
- Pacing and panting
- Lip licking
- Reduction in size (meaning he curls up and makes himself as small as possible)
What You Should Do If Your Dog Has Separation Anxiety
Treatment for Mild Separation Anxiety
How do you do this?
Treatment for Moderate to Severe Separation Anxiety
Crate Training to Avoid or Alleviate Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Give Your Dog “Jobs” and Activities
If Nothing Else, Medications Might Be Necessary
How To Prevent Separation Anxiety in Dogs?
Ignore Your Dog’s Attention-Seeking Behaviors
Avoid Major Episodes
Use Positive Crate Time
Treat-Filled Toys for a Positive Experience
Avoid Emotional Hellos and Goodbyes
Exercise Right Before Departure
Train Your Dog To Be Alone…With You
What NOT To Do
Scold or Punish
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