Dogs Get Separation Anxiety
A hard to deal with behavior problem but also most common is dog separation anxiety. Leaving your dog alone creates a high level of anxiety because they are social animals, needing a lot of interaction either with other dogs, other animals or humans.
When it comes to trying to solve separation anxiety, you will need to know what exactly causes this state of panic and stress. The separation from the owner is something dogs don’t normally seem to deal with very well.
You can normally easily recognize the signs of this problem even though many people think their dog has just been naughty or is asking for attention after having been left alone. Also, it is important to understand that some dogs don’t mind as much while others go completely out of control.
There are dog breeds that are more prone to separation anxiety for example those from a shelter, so it is important you do your research before buying a dog. If you know you are not going to be home very often, and your dog will have to spend time on his own, you better not buy Airedales, Weimaraners or Springer Spaniels for example.
Another class of dogs with a higher risk of developing dog separation anxiety are the pups being taken away from their mother too early on in life. This is particularly common in the puppies you can buy in pet stores. They are separated well before the minimum age of 8 weeks and then left in cages waiting for their new owner to come along, which causes a feeling of insecurity and anxiety.
Knowing which type of dogs are more prone to developing dog separation anxiety, we can now go onto looking at the roots of this behavior problem.
Neglect is the number one cause of your dog developing separation anxiety, if you are gone most of the day leaving your dog alone, you can almost be sure that your dog will end up with this problem. You as an owner should give plenty company, attention, and love to your pet for it to be happy.
A dog alone at home will start looking for a distraction or try to find you. Realizing he is completely alone with nothing to do, anxiety symptoms will start popping up.
Some signs are dogs becoming nervous the moment you are leaving the house (or even as soon as they notice you are preparing to go) and in the extreme cases, your dog will completely trash your house while you are away.
Solving your dogs problem of separation anxiety can be complicated and it will take time for your dog to understand nothing is going to happen and that he will be okay when being left alone. But with the proper training methods, big improvement can be achieved.
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I am happy to let you know that there are very effective ways to deal with your dog’s anxiety problems, even if you already have “tried it all.”
In the course of the most recent couple of years, I have had to deal personally with separation anxiety in different dogs, so I can completely relate to all those owner who are at their wits end trying to find a solution and make sure their dogs will stay calm whenever they leave the house.