Separation anxiety in dogs is hard to come to terms with; it can be very traumatizing and frustrating for a dog and for the owner. Anxiety is quite common in dogs and can be manifested in varying ways. For example, when dogs are left alone, solitariness makes them highly-stressed, they don’t enjoy being separated from their pack. In order to take solace, they become very destructive.
Signs of separation anxiety in dogs
Have a mind of their own,Wilful,Coprophagia
Selective hearing,Extremely stubborn,Chewing furniture
Distressed,Barking and howling,Defecating and urinating
One of my previous fostered dogs was extremely fearful with most things, but especially when left alone. It’s heart breaking seeing this kind of separation anxiety in dogs and fear; however, believe me, it is fixable!
Unknowingly, owners can sometimes create unwanted behaviors in their dogs. It’s common for owners to give in into their pets or treat them as if they’re babies. Check out ‘The mysteries of unleashing the best dog behavior‘ – Help your dog become balanced, obedient, trusting and have good daily etiquettes.
Rectifying separation anxiety in dogs
Long walks and beach runs are always a good idea before attempting to leave your dog alone. A tired dog is a happy dog – period! They will have eliminated their bowels and bladders; and they’ll be too exhausted to kick a fuss.
Dealing with separation anxiety in dogs before leaving the house has to be done very slowly. You should prepare to go out unhurriedly, making sure you and your dog are always calm. If you’re preparing a practice run, never leave the house if your dogs are stressed.
Always create trust by building your time away from the home in five to ten-minute increments until you’ve reached your goal. Before leaving or returning to the house, ignore them for at least ten minutes. It’s a lot of work, but it does pay off.
Sometimes, separation anxiety in dogs can be hard going on us humans. Ignoring their yelps when you return home is even more difficult, especially when you’re sure you heard your dog say ‘hello’, or ‘I love you’!
Often anxiety can be caused by lack of leadership skills, sometimes the dog will believe he is the leader and feels he needs to protect the owner; this is not ideal!
Lack of exercise can cause nervous disposition in dogs; it can make them very scatty. To combat this, always ensure your dog is extra tired by giving him plenty of daily exercise. When you’re out, crate him and leave a toy to ensure he doesn’t become bored. A tired dog is generally a happy dog!
Consider the benefits of crate training, put your reservations on the back-burner, go out and buy one, they are excellent. Once a dog is accustomed to a crate, he will feel an immense sense of security and comfort – it literally becomes their den. Buying a crate will be one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make! Check out ‘The secrets behind dog crate training‘. Crates are usually for dogs that have anxiety issues; however, many well-behaved dogs love crates. From long term experience, crates definitely rectify and improve most behavioral issues.
Separation anxiety in dogs could be masking a health issue, consult your veterinarian if you suspect your dog is ill.
Trying out these procedures could conquer separation anxiety in dogs within a few days if it’s fairly mild. However, it could take a few weeks or months depending upon the age of your dog, and how long he’s had the problem.