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Separation Anxiety In Dogs
Dogs Separation Anxiety - Common Symptoms and Treatment
One of the greatest joys of dog ownership is the tight bond we experience and encourage with our dogs. However, if your dog becomes too reliant or dependent on you, dog separation anxiety can occur when you and your dog are apart.
Separation anxiety in dogs is an enormous problem for around 10% of all puppies and older dogs. Somewhat ironically, problems related to separation anxiety are the major cause for dogs ending up in animal shelters. I wish I could say canine separation anxiety is an easy fixed, but in many cases it is a very difficult problem to overcome (hence this is the longest article on my website!).
Look At It From Your Dog's Perspective
To your dog you are the most important thing in his/her world. Dogs are pack animals who are very sociable creatures and thrive on company for many reasons. Your dog would spend every bit of his life with you if he could. So it's only natural that when you go out, your dog experiences varying degrees of distress or anxiety. He becomes confused, doesn't know where you are going, why he can't be with you and if you will be coming back to him. When the two of you are separated all he wants is to be reunited with his pack - which is you.
Punishment is NEVER the answer
to solving Separation Anxiety in dogs!
separation anxiety in dogs
Does Your Dog Suffer From Separation Anxiety?
There's every chance your dog is suffering from a separation anxiety disorder rather than another dog behavior problem if:
Your dog gets really worked up and anxious when you are preparing to leave the house. Actions such as picking up your car keys or putting on your coat can be enough to trigger the behavior.
Your dog engages in inappropriate behavior only when you are separated. I expand on this topic further down the page, but behavior such as urinating inside, excessive barking and destructive behavior are common symptoms of canine separation anxiety.
Your dog follows you everywhere you go and immediately becomes distressed if he can't be near you.
When you arrive home your dog is over the top with his greeting and takes a while to calm down.
Why Do Dogs Experience Separation Anxiety?
There are many theories on this one. In some cases the cause or trigger can be pinpointed to a particular event, but often there appears to be no explanation for the dog separation anxiety to commence. What I can say is that separation anxiety in dogs regularly occurs:
Straight after a change in routine. Such as your work hours changing or a family member leaving home. Remember dogs are creatures of habit and any changes can be very unsettling and confusing to them.
If you have been on vacation or unemployed for some time and have been spending heaps of time with your dog. As a result of this when you go back to work your dog becomes anxious and distressed.
Unfortunately dogs rescued from animal shelters contribute a highly disproportionate number of dog separation anxiety cases.
After your dog experiences a traumatic event while on his own. If a thunderstorm lashes your home while your dog is alone, this can trigger separation anxiety in the future - your dog will associate your absence with the traumatic event.
If your dog is rarely left alone and becomes overly reliant on his human family - Golden Retrievers are very susceptible to this type of separation anxiety in dogs.
When you move house to a new neighborhood.
How Does Separation Anxiety In Dogs Manifest?
Licking Destructive Behavior
Panic Attacks Digging
Inappropriate Urinating House Soiling
Self Mutilation Escaping
Diarrhea Loss Of Appetite
Excessive Salivation Vomiting
Jumping Through Windows Crying
originally posted by: onequestion
a reply to: benjamin2012
Theres a dark entity under your mattress, or possibly in your closet. This tends to only happen later at night when your in bed with the lights out. usually keeping the lights on in the hallway and the door cracked open at night helps.
They also make these cool little night lights I used to use when I was a kid, but for adults.