Dog Separation Anxiety

Suzy Guy SableOne of the most common problems that dog owners have is dog separation anxiety. It is caused by a dog’s isolation and separation from her owner. Because dogs are social animals, they need company and social interactions or they become very unhappy and stressed out. Your dog may become agitated and anxious when you go out and leave her alone. 

If you are planning on buying a dog, you should know beforehand that dogs can become nervous and restless when left alone for long periods of time. So choosing a dog that is less prone to this type of behavior can lessen the problems that come with dog separation anxiety.

Reasons for dog separation anxiety

There are certain situations that a dog may have experienced that can contribute to this type of behavior. The most affected dogs are those who are:

1.  neglected
2.  left at home for long periods of time
3.  from shelters
4.  separated from their mothers and siblings too early
5.  genetically predisposed

Symptoms of dog separation anxiety

Some signs that your dog may exhibit on the onset and during a bout of anxiety are:

1. anxiousness
2. whining
3. trembling
4. crying

Solutions to dog separation anxiety

If you need to leave your dog on his own for long periods of time, there are some things you can do to help her calm down.

Exercise: If it is possible, take your dog out for a walk before you leave the house. The longer you’re going to be away, the longer the walk should be. Try for a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes.

Distraction: If she usually senses your departure long before you leave, distract her by giving her something to chew on like marrow bones from the butcher. Bake them for 20 minutes in the oven – this will make them less messy. Give her one every 15 minutes before you leave to keep her occupied and distracted.

Leave the radio on: Turn the radio on a low volume to calm her down and to make her feel she has company. Classical music will be best to relax her.

A view: If possible, leave her where she can see outside. Any movement outside will be a good way to keep her mind engaged.

More information on dog separation anxiety

You will get a great deal more information, including dog separation anxiety advice, by checking out Secrets to Dog Training, written by a professional dog trainer. It covers all subjects that you, as a responsible dog owner, should know.

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