Dog Separation Anxiety Review: Symptoms and Solutions

Dog separation anxiety can escalate out of control.

How often does your dog whine, become overexcited, and sometimes tear up the furniture when you leave the house? If this is one of many symptoms displayed by your loyal pet, don’t despair. There is a solution for your dog’s behavior.

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For many dog owners there is a conflict between: Should I get rid of my pet or should I find a way to change the behavior. After all, not only does your pet’s behavior manifest withy whining, but sometimes you have to worry for the safety of visitors to your home. Heaven forbid that the growling behavior of your pet escalates into someone being bitten by your dog. Even dogs that are docile to you can bite an adult, or heaven forbid a child.

Dog separation anxiety and dog depression is not fun for their owners to deal with. The constant annoyance and disapproving stares of neighbors or strangers can become quite a nuisance. As much as the horrible, high pitched, constant whining or barking of your pet. The ear splitting howling is nearly impossible to tolerate.

A constantly barking dog is not well received by even the most friendly neighbors, especially if the neighbors work from home. The constant distractions and interruptions must be brought under control!

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In addition to possibly violating noise compliance laws, resentment may build from your neighbors simply because you are not around to suffer the full brunt of your annoying dog while you are away at work. Many people have experienced lawsuits because someone in the neighborhood has filed a lawsuit against a pet owner. These lawsuits can escalate up to criminal chargers in some situations. All this because they cannot keep their dog quiet!

So, the question is: What can I do to keep my pet happy and yet, under control?

First, remember that dogs are pack animals. And as such do not want to be alone. Dog anxiety increases when they do not have a pack leader and some sort of hierarchy to belong to. A dog’s behavior is often spontaneous and predictable. Once you know your pet’s habits you can develop an action plan to mitigate the bad behavior that manifests when your dog is depressed or when your dog exhibits dog separation anxiety symptoms.

Remember, you are the most important thing in your dogs life. So train and correct your dog with appropriate guidance. Remember, punishment is never the answer to treating your dog’s problems. And how can these problems manifest.

Symptoms of Dog Separation Anxiety

- Barking
- Whining
- Licking
- Destructive Behavior
- Howling
- Chewing
- Panic Attacks
- Digging
- House Soiling
- Inappropriate Urinating
- Self Mutilatio
- Escaping
- Diarrhea
- Vomiting
- Excessive Salivation
- Loss of appetite
- Crying

Ways to stop your dog separation anxiety problems.

1. Any attention getting behaviors from your pet such as barking and jumping can be gradually extinguished by simply ignoring the behavior. Dogs, like people continue doing things that reward their behavior, whether good or bad. Your attention to your dog, who seeks your attention and approval is what your dog wants. Learn to put a distance of space and time between your dog’s inappropriate behavior and the attention you give to your pet.

2. Get your dog used to being outside while you are inside. Over time, gradually increase the dogs time outside. However, let the dog see you by stepping out of the house at increased intervals of time to pet the dog, and then let him be outside alone again.

3. The next step is to use “desensitizing triggers”. Look at the world from your dogs perspective (social) and ( height). What does your dog recognize prior to you leaving daily. List those triggers . If for instance, your dogs sees you changing clothes, taking a shower, and eating breaking then modify your routine. Engage in each activity prior to leaving the house, but instead of leaving, don’t leave. That way each of these “trigger” activities will diminish from your dog’s perspective.

4. When you know you have to leave do the following. Get in and start your car. Then cut the car off and go inside to pet your dog. The next day spend a longer amount of time in your car and then go inside to pet your dog. When you feel your dog has become less agitated by your getting in your car you change your routine.

Now you go straight to your car, drive around the block and then come back. Daily you should increase the amount of time away from your pet. This should help improve your pet’s behavior and is a step towards relieving your dog’s separation anxiety. If this method does not work you may need to consider anti anxiety medications prescribed by your pet's veterinarian.