Canine separation anxiety is the distress, uncertainty and problematic conduct exhibited by some dogs when they are left behind. Symptoms of canine separation anxiety range from shivering and panting to crying  and barking to scratching at doors, destructive chewing – even indoor elimination. This anxiety  can be even more prevalent in shelter dogs that have prior abandonment issues.

Do you dread coming home from work? Wondering what part of your house or which of your possessions will be destroyed ? Do your neighbors dread you leaving?

Dogs are pack animals, social creatures that exist in a group. Sometimes that group is other animals. Sometimes that group is people. You are now his pack and when he gets separated from the pack, his instinct is to be found to rejoin the family. He cries louder, howls longer and barks constantly. It’s not too much fun for your dog or your neighbors.

Your pet doesn’t know he’s driving your neighbors crazy, he’s trying to be reunited with the group. When he sees you go out a door and scratches at it until it’s ruined, he’s not trying to destroy your property. He’s trying to get to the other side of the door where he believes you are so the pack will be back together.

understandably, canine separation anxiety can be an extremely stressful experience for both pet and pet owner. To overcome this separation anxiety, endurance and consistency are musts. Remember that your dog is reacting out of panic, not anger or the satisfaction of his destruction. shouting, spanking or other punishment only makes the trouble worse. He’ll still be afraid for you to go and then he’ll be afraid when you return. Not a very good solution, right?

So what is a loving, concerned but frustrated-to-the-limit doggy parent expected to do? There are several options to help your dog get over his separation anxiety. Some pet owners have had success with gradual behavioral modifications but they do take time to complete. Some pet owners give their pets toys filled with kibble or other goodies and keep your dog so interested in getting to the treats inside, he forgets to miss you. More severe cases have utilized temporary medication that curb symptoms and stress until a behavioral plan can be completed. If you feel your pet is a candidate, of course confer with your vet.

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