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Separation Anxiety In Dogs

Monday, February 9th, 2015

separation anxiety Causes

It is not known exactly why some dogs develop separation anxiety.  Usually these dogs are overly attached or dependent on family members.  Sometimes a traumatic event causes anxiety like, storms, fireworks, or burglary attempt.  These dogs may display anxiety when the owner is getting ready to leave.


Dogs with Separation Anxiety can be destructive, or will eliminate in the house, bark, cry or howl after owners departure.  Also they may shake or pace.  Sometimes they try to escape from whenever they are like from a crate or confined to one room.


Helping a pet with separation anxiety requires patience.  You should make sure your dog has a predictable daily routine.  By doing the same thing every day he will know when to expect attention.  Attention includes play time, exercise, feeding, and elimination.  Try to schedule at least one of these activities before you depart.  Play time of 20-30 minutes before leaving can be helpful because he will be will have burned up some energy and he will be more likely to nap after you leave.

Rewarding him for laying down and being calm reinforces calm behavior.  This is also time to show attention, affection or play.  Do not reward anxious behavior, barking, pacing, following you from one room to another.  In some extreme cases medication may be needed to help calm him down.  Don’t make a big deal about saying goodbye, a quiet exit is best.

Interactive toys can be helpful, giving special toys that are filled with peanut butter or frozen dog treats can keep your dog occupied and not notice that you have left.

Without treatment separation anxiety can worsen.  People often think medication is the answer, but it is not.  Your veterinarian may refer you to a specialist in behavior where medication may be used in conjunction with professional behavior modification.    It is important to address it as soon as possible.  Talk to your veterinarian for help.

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