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Separation Anxiety

August 27, 2018

 

 

One of the most common complaints of pet parents is disruptive or destructive
behavior while their dogs are left alone. Their dogs may urinate, defecate, bark,
howl, chew, dig or try to escape. While house manners may need to be
taught, more often than not, these behaviors are indicators of distress, or
separation anxiety.


Separation anxiety occurs when dogs become upset because of separation
from their pet parents (or for a lack of better terms, their owners). A dog’s attempt to
escape often causes destruction and injury, especially around doors and
windows. When a pet parent attempts to leave, some
dogs may get agitated while others seem depressed prior to leaving. Some
dogs may try to prevent the guardian from leaving-interrupting tying of shoes,
hiding needed items like car keys, or they may simply cry. Others may wait until right after their pet parents leave to bark, scratch and howl – then once the pet parent returns,
regardless of the short period of time, the dog will be super excited.


The best solution for working with a dog suffering from separation anxiety is to help them 
with coping or reducing their anxiety. Easing the fear that results from the
anxiety will calm your dog and make the separation more tolerable. A short
walk before getting ready or a few more minutes of play time before getting
ready to leave may help.

 

 

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