Does Your Dog Have Separation Anxiety
As you all know, I have been very vocal about separation anxiety with dogs as I have experienced it for years with my dog, Gabbana. According to the American Kennel Club, 17% of dogs suffer with separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety is caused by various things, but the most common are just general anxiety, fear of their owners leaving and not returning, or a phobia. Granted some dog breeds are just anxiety prone.
Many owners believe that their dogs will grow out of it. THEY WON'T! However there are ways to help control their anxiety or reduce it. I will discuss the ways to control or reduce their anxiety a little later in this blog, but for now, anxiety in dogs normally take place within 30 minutes of their owners being gone. I never knew how bad my dog's anxiety was until he broke out of his kennel and breaking his top teeth. Mind you I have a small shih tzu. Smh. I digress.
So what are the symptoms of anxiety and how can you tell if your dog has anxiety? There are several important symptoms to look out for:
Urinating or defecating in the house
Repetitive or compulsive behaviors
Remember, many of these behaviors take place once the owner (or favorite person) leaves the home.
Now you're asking yourself "How do you treat it"? Since we know that your dog will not grow of the separation anxiety. The best form of treatment is talking to a veterinarian. You can also try a combination of training, preventative strategies, and in some cases, medications. However, I tend to lean more towards the prevention strategies and training's.
Prevention strategies include:
Hiring a Pet Nanny
Avoiding certain situations
Remember to always consult with your veterinarian before making a decision.