Separation Anxiety is understood as a condition of excessive panic and anxiety induced by the animal’s separation from it’s owner. It really is one of the most commonplace disorders involving a dog that new owners are confronted with. Many pet dogs get the disorder to some extent although some may have a lot more difficult time with it than some.

Possible Causes

Your dog’sseparation anxiety can be triggered by numerous things. Dogs from a pet store or a shelter are more inclined to this because they have experienced major trauma by being taken from the mother at a little too young an age or becoming separated from their previous owner for whatever reason. Other causes that can be contributing points are that they haven’t been properly socialized with other people or animals. Dogs are social animals that need interaction, attention and affection to keep them happy and if you are away from them and they are alone for prolonged periods they are likely to have issues.

Signs and Symptoms

You can tell if your pet has separation anxiety by the signs he displays when you are out of his eyesight or if you are getting ready to leave. Our dog knows by the shoes I put on that I am going out and she’s not going along. Taylor actually just goes into her crate when we start putting on shoes. On the contrary some pets start to become anxious, sticking to you from room to room, maybe whimpering and becoming nervous or starting to tremble. Some dogs will try to stop you from leaving, barking incessantly or jumping on you. When you get home they are overly excited about welcoming you and will almost turn themselves inside out in a frenzy of attempting to show you how happy they are that you are home. You shouldn’t encourage them, it only shows them that you approve of what they’re doing when in reality they have an issue that needs to be fixed.

Things You Can Do

The first thing to remember is that a tired dog is a good dog. Provide her ample amounts of exercise before you leave. The more you exercise, the more tired they get, the better. Come up with a diversion by giving them a bone or a Kong stuffed with peanut butter about 15 minutes before you go away. For puppies when you first bring them home and have acclimated them to their new home, I hope you say crate, you can put a ticking clock near their bed. It will simulate their mother’s heartbeat. You should also be training them to be alone by leaving their eyesight for short lengths of time. So they get used to not seeing you but realizing that you will come back. You can leave a radio or tv on when you leave. You can also do things that signal you are leaving but then don’t leave. You can act as if you’re getting ready to leave like jingling your keys, putting on your shoes and jacket, then sit back down. Or leave the room and come back in. This will help them to get rid of the feeling of being abandoned if they know you will be back. If you educate them early on when they first come home with you, you can effectively avert this very common dog behavior problem of separation anxiety before it gets unreasonably out of control.

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